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Daisy Chinburg Cornell University ‘13 603.969.9989



Millstein Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


Appel Commons, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


Promenade Smith, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Current Projects: G.R.O.W. Utica & the Harriet Tubman Home




Construction Documents


Millstein Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York The recently constructed Millstein Hall in the School of Architecture, Art & Planning (AAP) at Cornell University presented a unique Grading + Planting Plan design opportunity in a confined space. The new building changed the circulation of the users who frequent the site most often. Architecture students are now able to travel between necessary buildings without taking a step outdoors. This design aims to streamline circulation to and from the site as well as provide a space for students to spend time outdoors. Views of the adjacent quadrangle and likely destinations of those walking towards Millstein from the south are accentuated and framed by the placement of plantings on the slope to the southwest of the steps. The edges of the steps are aimed to frame the architecture school, and point to the entrances of Millstein and Rand Halls. ANALYSIS__Circulation and Architectural Relationships

MODEL__Analyzing Topography Along with Circulation Boundaries and User Groups


Rendered Layout Plan

Photoshop Perspective__Millstein Hall, Proposed

Millstein Hall__Current

Photo Credit: Jason Koski, Cornell University Photos

Millstein Hall__Current

Photoshop Perspective__Millstein Hall, Proposed

Millstein Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Appel Commons, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York This project was proposed with the intent of developing site analysis ANALYSIS__Viewshed Series skills. The analysis is to determine and support the rationale for the final design, every step of the way. My analysis focused on the viewsheds at different points along a specified path. Each point is ten steps apart. I used this analysis (right) to identify the location and shape of my proposed installation. The area that I chose was the most visibly secluded area on the slope, the highest instance of view obstruction as well as lack of lighting occurred within this area. I chose to create rooms on the slope in this designated area that would display the varying levels of privacy in the landscape. The rooms towards the bottom of the slope are larger, and empty, highly visible. Moving up the slope, each terraced level becomes more private. Levels of privacy the the spaces are defined by the boundaries of the outdoor “rooms.” Whether these boundaries are defined by vegetation or a series of transparent panels affects the user’s experience of the space. 3D Model__Program used: Rhinocerous


Light Diagram__Night

Layout Plan

3D Model__Program used: Rhinocerous

Light Diagram__Day

Appel Commons, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Promenade Smith, Montreal, Quebec, Canada This design takes the Appel Commons installation and implements it into a waterfront landscape in Griffintown, an historic district in the city of Montreal. It presents a promenade where visitors will be able to experience the history of Griffintown as they wish. The glass panels will display etchings of historic scenes in Griffintown, and a smartphone application will be available for people to learn about historic scenes and events of Griffintown at their own pace. ‘Rooms’ are located within the terracing based on the real location of the historic sites in Griffintown. Combining the experience of an audio tour of the city with a smaller scale, pedestrian-friendly waterfront landscape presents the unique opportunity to allow the user to dictate their own experience while navigating the Promenade.


Illustrative Plan


B’ Section A

A’ A

Section B



B’ 5

Promenade Smith, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

“Room” Location Logic


Current Projects_G.R.O.W. Utica

Project G.R.O.W: Growing and Renewing Our World This project involves designing a Demonstration Community Garden in Utica, NY as a part of Rust to Green, a larger grant effort. Gardens have an important role to play in helping individuals and families meet their food and nutrition needs, addressing food insecurity, providing outdoor space for recreation and learning, and transforming disused vacant properties into active places for community use and engagement. The proposed Demonstration Garden is being envisioned with an assortment of user populations in mind–Utica’s various refugee populations. Additionally, it is to be in walking distance of Utica’s Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (MVRCR) and of the neighborhoods where many of Utica’s Burmese currently reside. Finally, the Demonstration Garden aims to become an educational site, tied to programming and courses at MVRCR, and a model for developing other gardens throughout the city.

Rust to green is “an emerging network of Cornell educators, researchers and students–from a myriad of fields and disciplines– working together and in collaboration with a wide range of community partners to identify and design innovative strategies and solutions addressing the unique problems and needs of New York’s Rust Belt cities.” 7

Collaborators: Kristen Reardon, Nick Parrilli, Sam Morrow Under guidance of Paula Horrigan

Current Projects_Harriet Tubman Home


Planting Plan--Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged Completed in collaboration with Irene Lekstutis, Cornell Plantations Landscape Architect, and Ethan Dropkin, Cornell M.L.A. 2013

The Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged

Tubman’s Residence (architectural restoration in progress)

Current Projects

I am currently writing a cultural landscape report that Site Context Map describles the history and significance of Harriet Tubman and the Harriet Tubman Home property in Auburn, New York, as well as the process that went into the design of foundation plantings for the Home for the Aged and the Tubman Residence. The design was developed in 2012 in collaboration with fellow interns as well as the Cornell Plantations Landscape Architect. The report will also analyze the design and provide recommendations on the future care and treatment of the Harriet Tubman Home property in keeping with the caretakers’ vision for the future of the property as well as historic preservation.

Renderings Layout Plan, Ink & Watercolor with Digital Annotations

Perspective View, Watercolor

Farmers Market

N Crew Spectator Seating

Market/ Commercial Outdoor Seating/ Recreation Area

Garage Bio-Swale Liner Units Promenade

Cayuga Waterfront Trail

Perspective View, Watercolor

Linear Apts.

Courtyard Apts.

Bus Loop Bio-Swale

Green Roof Resident Gardens

Stormwater Feature

Sketch Section, Colored Pencil, Digitally Enhanced in Adobe Design Suite


10 Schematic Layout Plan Proposal, Ink & Marker


Sketch Perspective, Ink & Marker

Layout Plan, Ink

Construction Documents


Construction Documents


Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

Landscape Architecture student at Cornell University.

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