A Portfolio of Works in Landscape Architecture
TABLE OF CONTENT IMPERMANENCE PARK.............................................................................1 - 4 INNOVATION PLACE.................................................................................5 - 8 RIO DE JANEIRO .......................................................................................9 - 12 EFFIGY PARK.............................................................................................13-16 HYDROPONIC HAMMOCK GARDEN.....................................................17-20 TRAVEL SKETCHES.....................................................................................21-24 INTERNSHIP ...............................................................................................25-28
A University of Florida Educational Facility, Gainesville,
Impermanence Park Nothing lasts forever; landscapes are the perfect medium to exhibit impermanence through natural systems: continental shifts, seasonality of plant material and remediation of toxic soils all exhibit this quality. When asked to design a park as the location for a proposed University of Florida research facility, I knew I wanted to use the language of sculpture, site grading and bio-remediation to exhibit the impermanence found in nature.
Hand Crafted Model Exploration : To truly grasp the user experience I explored the design using a hand crafted topographic model. I then rendered materials, trees and human figures to design the space based on the human scale. A mosaic facade rises and falls with the retaining wall, the dynamic topography and movement of the landscape inform the individual as to where one should travel. Nodes intended for high energy activities are gently sloped while passive spaces for are gently graded. The canopy trees move with the topography, cradling its form. An aggressive gesture in the form of a cantilevered deck that casts a deep shadow on the plaza space below.
Section A - Aâ€™ : NTS Experiential Secitions: Impermanence symbolizes life as a constant state of flux; therefore, change should not be met with apprehension, but with an open mind. The institute sited in the park teaches students how toxic soils, through time can be purified. The topography starts out calm, then has a drastic shit; the trees canopy goes from a bosque to a palm grove; all changes are intentional and symbolize represent impermanence.
Section B - Bâ€™ : NTS 3
Key: A. Street Trees B. Cantilever Plaza C. Movable Chairs/Tables D. Impressed plaza E. Terrace Grove F. Institute (below grade) G. Flowering Shrubs
UMU-2 DEVELOPMENT: URBAN DESIGN IN GAINESVILLE, FL
A predominantly rural Gainesville is transitioning into a hub of innovation with an inclination towards an urbanized landscape. As the city pushes for an urban design that reflects these new goals they are rejecting the car as the primary form of transportation: looking towards self driving buses, bike infrastructure and other progressive modes of transit. The site, four acres, will include mixed use housing that will attract young professionals who will remain in Gainesville and contribute to this boom of innovation.
The Analysis: The parcel is currently a parking lot at the terminus of Innovation Hub. The Hub is between University of Florida, to the West, and the city center to the East. Just blocks away from University Ave. the site is in proximity to many restaurants, coffee shops and bars, but no grocery stores are within a comfortable walking distance. On site there are two man made retention areas that feed water directly to Tumbling Creek, which drains out in Paynes Prairie. These water features are to remain daylighted and incorporated into the design. The city required a UMU-2 (Urban Mixed Use 2) development plan be used for this project. No parking requirement allow for flexibility in the design, and no retention requirement for water allow for a larger building footprint. With the Historic district ending at the beginning of our site there are height restrictions adjacent the nearest homes. The city has an approved Master Plan for Innovation Hub to the North, so connecting the site to the proposed Master Plan is an opportunity not to be
Green Infrastructure is the key to developing a true hub of innovation: The challenge to design a community that is urban, dense , innovative, and is just a block away from Gainesvilleâ€™s Historic District, called for an innovative architectural style and natural water filtration system. With Tumbling Creek connected to the site it was crucial to buffer the site with rain gardens along the property line. Green roofs collect water and route them along the green walls. Water is then collected on site where it can be used as the primary irrigation source. Water that overflows will be redirected to the creek as a clean water source.
Micro Apartment with Green Roof Lawn with vertical Sculpture Ramp and Stair System Preserved Wetland and Boardwalk
Plaza with dynamic paving and seating Underground Parking Structure Bus Terminal with Green Roof Shade Structure 7
Section A - Aâ€™ : NTS
A SW 4TH AVE
F G H
Key: A) Redesigned street B) Bus terminal with green roof C) Mixed Use/MultiFamily apartments D) Plaza with dynamic paving pattern and planting E) Mixed Use/Micro Apartment Housing with green roof and green walls F) Surface parking leading to underground parking. G) Undulating lawn with Sculpture. H) Preserved wetlands with wood deck access.
Illustrative Master Plan : NTS 8
Communicating through Design: Analysis and Interpretation
Rio De Janeiro
Design Communication I and II were courses taken over two semesters. We were given a site to study for the two semesters and were asked to communicate various ideas about our site: the park network, city center, and culture were themes I investigated. I chose to study Parque du Flamenco in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. It gave me opportunities to study the works of one of my most esteemed figures in the profession of Landscape Architecture, Roberto Burle Marx.
Analyzing the city’s core: For Design Communication it was crucial to understand one’s audience in order to create attractive graphics that effortlessly relate one’s idea. How better to reach a level of empathy than to analyze the city they call home. The process of building a portion of the city of Rio de Janeiro in AutoCAD and exporting the line-work to Rhino to create a The Pedestrian The City Form 3-dimensional analysis putVs one in a better position to understand the culture. In a sense, one is reverse engineering the landscape to better understand its function in the community. Rio de Janeiro is constantly in motion, even its paving design cannot remain still as the tiles dance around the city guiding one towards Parque du Flamenco. . As an interior designer studies color, form and the spaces within a structure, I approached the analysis with a study of texture, city at- Green Space Between Public Transit mosphere , networks and artwork of Rio de Janeiro; As shown below.
The Approach to the Park
A Gateway to the Park: The city is cut off from the Parque du Flameco by a wide highway. However, pedestrian bridges aid in circulation from the busy city to park bad beach. A plaza at the Museum of Modern art is the ideal gateway to the park. Designed by Robert Burle Marx, the plaza has a wavy paving design, modern reflection pools and a bosque of trees that create an outdoor room for patrons of the museum.
Perspective (refer to symbol on master plan for loca-
Illustrative Master Plan: Parque du Flamenco
World War 1 Memorial Landscape Berm Promenade and Pier Access
Section A - Aâ€™ : World War 1 Memorial NTS 12
A University of Florida Educational Facility, Gainesville, FL
Effigies are items considered holy. Carved from wood or stone these relics represent people, deities and honored the past. Can the landscape be something we use to honor the past and bridge the present to posterity? Landscape as effigy, effigy born to honor our heritage. Development is occurring throughout the city of Gainesville at a fast pace.Opportunities for public space, where green and gray infrastructure can maximize social equality, for the students at the local university and residents of the city can foster a unifying vernacular. This space will respect the local ecology and history of Florida: mainly our Native American heritage; where the language of effigy can be used to shape the land, and speak to the past, while also providing areas where students and locals can envision a vibrant-green future. Architectural elements will be used to elevate the landscape: the bridge, cantilever and arch will be tools to enhance the space and articulate a landscape new in its construction but born from an ancient tradition of effigy.
Site + Inventory The Urban Fabric : Development is occurring in the city of Gainesville at a fast pace. The figure ground shows how the architectural language is evolving. At 3 acres the site had more opportunities to maximize natural and gray infrastructure. If the site were to be re-envisioned with the goals of maximizing green space, celebrating Gainesvilleâ€™s hydrological qualities, providing multi-use housing for students and locals then the space could have had more charm.
Site with green + gray infrastructure potential
Current Site withcurrent mixed use development
Figure Ground Base on 2012 Data
Figure Ground 2016 With Added Development 14
Masterplan: NTS 15
Section A - A’ : NTS
Section B - B’ : NTS
Award of Merit Planting Design at the Clinical and Translationional Research Building
The Hydroponic Hammock Garden
Designed to interpret the natural hammock landscapes seen throughout the state of Florida, for therapeutic garden design. The CTRB has a high volumn of users throughout the day, however the outdoor space remains underutilized due to a lack of amenities and poor landscape management. To attract users I have designed a garden that meets the needs of employees and attracts interest by challenging the conventional garden design for theraputic use.
Design Process: Analogue and Digital Exploration The design studio was a plant design studio. Initially, I wanted to create explore landscape through an objective lens. If landscapes promote health, then however they are represented could have a therapeutic function. The gestures began to rise over head, not just as massing throughout the site. I wanted to explore the landscape in multiple dimensions. How could one feel enveloped in nature? How could one really feel inspired by it? exploring these questions came naturally with the use of pen. Then through digital exploration the volumes took shape. A structure coming through now became a tool to apply more landscape: a hydroponic structure that would be adorned with ferns on its columns and crowned with native species overhead would are proposed to create an unforgettable experience for the viewer.
Hardscape and Softscape as Solid/Void
Landscape massing and hardscape character 18
Section A-Aâ€™: NTS
Study Garden 19
A Collage of Sketches from Travels Around The Globe
Landscape Architecture has taken me around the globe. In each country I have been I have experienced first hand how a culture is represented in the landscape. I take my time, observe each detail and begin to sketch not just what I see, but how I feel in response to what I am observing. From Ireland to Indonesia, the landscapeâ€™s I have sketched have been tokens of inspiration I am able to take with me along each design process.
A Real world application of Landscape Architecture
An Intern at Work
Having interned at three firms: S&ME, EDSA, and Cotleur and Hearing , I have benefited from multiple schools of thought and multiple strategies when approaching a design. S&ME allowed me to engage with communities in St. Augustine and Palmcoast, conducting multiple day charrettes; firms like EDSA, with a focus on projects abroad have broaden my perspective as a designer; while Cotleur and Hearing, with projects focused throughout South Florida, has given me relevant design experience at a local level .
Autocad Documents Plan + Details
Hand Rendering Pen + Marker
On many occasions I was given the opportunity to dive in the deep end with Pen + Marker. Details, Master Plans, Paving Patterns and Intimate spaces all rendered by hand.
Capa Cana, Dominican Republic Illustrative Master Plan: Concept A & B
With a strong design team unimaginable things can be accomplished. The master plan for Capa Cana was rendered multiple times, and at 9’ long it was the largest rendering I’ve ever been a part of.
DANIEL RODRIGUEZ Cellphone: 561.396.4258 Email: Djrodriguez91@ufl.edu
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA CURRENTLY ENROLLED: BLA EXPECTED GRADUATION 05/2018 3.16 GPA
UF ASLA STUDENT CHAPTER PRESIDENT 04/17 - 04/18
S&ME INC. INTERN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT ORLANDO, FL 05/16-08/16
PRAGUE INSTITUTE NC STATE STUDY ABROAD FALL SEMESTER 2016 PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGE ASSOCIATES DEGREE GRADUATION DATE 04/2012 2.5 GPA
AWARDS ASLA, COUNCIL OF FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP 2016
OBJECTIVE WITH A PASSION FOR SOCIAL EQUITY I STRIVE TO DESIGN SPACES THAT ARE CULTURALLY AWARE, ALLOWING INDIVIDUALS TO KNOW THEY BELONG. AT YOUR FIRM I AIM TO STRENGTHEN MY DESIGN TOOL-KIT IN PURSUIT OF A FUTURE CAREER AS A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
AWARD OF HONOR, FLORIDA ASLA STUDENT AWARD UF STUDENT CHAPTER ASLA PARK[ing] DAY 07/16
ASLA STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE 08/16 - PRESENT UF ASLA STUDENT CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT 08/15 - 05/16 STUDENTS FOR THE NEW URBANISM CO-DIRECTOR OF TACTICAL URBANISM 08/15 - 05/16 ARCHITECTURE COLLEGE COUNSEL PRESIDENT 08/14 - 01/15
COTLEUR & HEARING INTERN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT JUPITER, FL 05/14-08/14 SCHMIDT NICHOLS AUTOCAD TECHNICIAN WEST PALM BEACH, FL 05/12-03/13
UF ASLA STUDENT CHAPTER SOCIAL CHAIR 08/14 - 05/15
AWARD OF MERIT, FLORIDA ASLA STUDENT AWARD The Hydroponic Hammock Garden at the Clinical and Translational Research Building 07/2016
GROWING UP ON THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO I DEVELOPED INTERESTS IN ART, TRAVEL, NATURE AND MUSIC. THE MELTING POT OF CULTURES I WAS SURROUNDED BY EXPOSED ME TO POINTS OF VIEWS THAT MOLDED MY CHARACTER AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.
DESIGN PUBLIC SPEAKING ABSTRACT THINKING GUITAR WATER COLOR PAINTING FLUENT IN SPANISH INTERESTS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
ACTIVE STREETS POPUP PARK TEAM MEMBER 10/2015
SNU SHARROW SPRAY TACTICAL URBANISM PROJECT LEADER 10/2015
PARK(ING)DAY POPUP PARK PROJECT LEADER 09/2015
EDSA, INC. INTERN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 01/15 -08/15
MASTERPLAN FOR PANGKALPINANG Flood Prevention, Education Awareness and Ecological Recovery Pangkalpinang, Indonesia 02/16-04/16 MASTERPLAN FOR DIGNITY VILLAGE Transitional Housing for Gainesvilleâ€™s Homeless Community Gainesville, Fl 08/15-12/15
TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES AUTOCAD PHOTOSHOP LANDFX SKETCHUP
INDESIGN ILLUSTRATOR RHINO HAND GRAPHICS
Five years worth of school projects: Internship work and academic work as well. This is dedicated to an inspiring profession, Landscape Arch...
Published on Feb 8, 2018
Five years worth of school projects: Internship work and academic work as well. This is dedicated to an inspiring profession, Landscape Arch...