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I n t a Va s k a

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About I am a 29 year old landscape architect and urban designer with 3 year’s experience working as an architecture designer, 1 year’s experience working as an interior designer and currently doing an internship in urban planning. I started my architectural education at Riga Building College as an architecture student and I have completed 5 years of a professional bachelor program in landscape architecture. I have a master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Design and I am currently studying for my second master degree, I am writing master thesis in landscape architecture. This extensive experience from the smallest details in interior design and architecture up to regional and city planning has taught me that architecture is something more than a building and that the details are as important as the overall picture in the bigger scale. I believe that to create higher quality living spaces it is important to respect and conduct the interaction between all the different scales of architecture, starting from the interior up to the landscape and urban design around it.

Inta Vaska landscape architect and urban designer


Curriculum Vitae

// EDUCATION 2012 - March, 2017

Inta Vaska email: inta.vaska@gmail.com

2014 - 2016

lgh 1102, 414 53 GĂśteborg, Sweden

Master degree in Landscape Architecture and Planning Lund University, LTH, Architecture School / Sweden Master of Science in Architecture,

phone: +371 297 604 10, +46 72 173 3164 adress: Slotskogsgatan 5A,

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences / Sweden

with specialisation in Sustainable Urban Design 2009-2014

Latvia’s University of Agriculture / Latvia Professional bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture

https://se.linkedin.com/in/intavaska 2003-2007

Riga Building College / Latvia Diploma with professional qualification - architect assistant

// SKILLS Softwares

Skilled

AutoCad Adobe Photoshop

Basic Revit knowledge of Rhino + Vray

Adobe Illustrator

ArchiCad

Adobe InDesign

ArcGIS

ShetchUp + Vray

Languages

Driving licence

Latvian

Native

Russian Independent user

English

Proficient user

Swedish Basic user, taking classes

Category B from 2010


// RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT 2016 - February, 2017

Architectural firm ‘White Arkitekter’ / Sweden

// AWARDS 2013

3rd place in the Jelgava’s Municipality sketch competition

Internship in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

‘Listen to the steps of History’

Research and analysis, developing urban plans and detailing, testing

for the development of the Train Station park in Jelgava /Latvia

ideas in scale models

in collaboration with landscape architecture student Jolanta Lauberte

http://www.white.se/

2012 2013 - 2014

3rd place in the ‘Riga Flower Ball 2012’ festival competition

Elizabete Ivanova’s interior studio ‘Art Interior Studio’ / Latvia

of Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia

Interior Architect

with an outdoor installation “Psychedelic Baroque” in Riga / Latvia

Developing architectural plans and detailing, communication with clients

in collaboration with landscape architecture student Jolanta Lauberte

and contractors http://www.artart.lv/ 2008-2009

// WORKSHOPS

Real estate and construction company ‘NP Properties’, ‘Nordic Partners’ group / Latvia Architect

2015

1st place in the international design workshop ‘Zhangjiakou 2015‘

Planning and designing of industrial buildings, developing master-plans,

- Urban design envision of the future of Zhangjiakou and the impact of the

site surveying, communication with clients and contractors

2022 Winter Olympics / China

http://www.industrial-park.lv/

2014 2007-2008

Participation in the international young architects’

Architecture studio ‘Rasma Svetina architects’ / Latvia

workshop ‘Next Door‘

Architect assistant

- Architecture Design of Kaunas New Town courtyards, Kaunas / Lithuania

Architectural planning and design for residential buildings

2012

http://www.svetinaarchitects.lv/about.html

Participation in the Landscape Architecture student workshop - The revitalization of Griziņkalns and Ziedoņdārs territory, Riga / Latvia

2006-2007

Architecture studio ‘ADK Projects’ / Latvia

2011

Architect assistant

Participation in the 6th Latvian Architecture School workshop

Architectural planning and design for residential and industrial buildings,

- Urban development of the Mežaparks territory, 1A Kokneses Prospect,

developing master-plans and planning industrial territories

Riga / Latvia


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Lund University, Architecture School Degree Project in Sustainable Urban Design, Spring 2016, Sweden

RECLAIMING BROWNFIELDS: Living in Proximity to Railways

THE CITY OF RIGA AND ITS CENTRE

Riga , Latvia SUBJECT The thesis project is an attempt to find strategy and design solutions for the railway loop around the city centre or Riga. Historically, the railway marked the border of the city and it was surrounded by factories but, currentlly, the city has grown much bigger and former industrial areas has turned in brownfields disturbed by noise and vibrations.

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PROBLEM The main problem is that the city centre, which was built prior to the industrialisation up to the end 19th century, is currently separated from the new city built in the 20th -21st century. This separation is outlined by the railway line surrounded by wastelands and brownfields.

New City built in the 20th-21st century

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AIM The aim of the project is to rethink what urban infrastructure and neighbouring lands might be in future in order to make areas in proximity to railway operations liveable, well connected and integrated into the existing city fabric. The project research questions are: 1. How to revitalize brownfields and wastelands in proximity to the railway operations? 2. How to integrate these areas back into the city and its neighbourhoods? 3. How to connect both sides of the railway to lessen the barrier effect? 4. How to avoid noise and vibrations from railways? 5. What can the city gain from redeveloping brownfields and wastelands in proximity to the railway operations?

CONCEPT

Now Riga is monocentric with an active city center and residential areas in periphery

My concept for the future of Riga is to develop it in polycentric city with mixed used hubs in suburbs

Now the city center is the main transport hub and all the movement goes through the center

My concept is to develop mobility in the city by railway and trams as integrated public transport basis, and to create new suburb centers at the tram+train stop hubs.


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STRATEGY

1 - Remove industries

area of the masterplan

2 - Mitigate pollution

3 - Reduce the gap

GREEN LOOP Thesis proposal offers to develop a green loop around the city centre with a new transit-based hubs to make city greener, to create biodiversity and to make the city more accessable for pedestrians and cyclists. By remediating sites along the railway, mitigating noise and vibrations, and adding new functions and activities like jogging/skiing trails, bicycle paths, sport fields, temporary exhibitions, markets and others, the city can gain a new green public space where it is fast to go by bicycle without traffic jams, and it is convenient for daily exercises and leisure time. 4 - Connect and activate

This new, approximately 20 km long, stretch of park can be divided in smaller areas with different characters and functions. Moreover, it can be connected with existing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to give opportunity for people to choose greener routes for their daily commute.


MASTERPLAN

TOTAL PROJECT AREA: 90 ha including stadium: 12 ha including park along the railway: 15ha TOTAL FLOOR AREA: 1 150 000 m2 Avarage FAR = 180% (150%-250%)

NORTH INTERSECTION Train station + tram stop City life generators Mixed-use vibrant area on elevated platform

Existing indoor skate park

5-9 storey buildings

with outdoor elements

Commerce&business

Park along the railway with berms to protect buildings from noise pollution

MIDDLE INTERSECTION Pedestrian bridge Community center

Historical park on artificial hill

Residential area 2-6 storey buildings

Stadium of national importance Daugava

New market place with workshops and small busineses

SOUTH INTERSECTION Train station + tram stop Stadium + mixed functions Hotel, 5-9 storey buildings


MITIGATION OF NOISE AND VIBRATIONS Vibration-sensitive facilities can be built near operating railway lines if proper design considerations are implemented. Noise pollution and vibrations are two main issues with building close to a railway.

berms are covered with vegetation and a park along the railway is designed to not only provide safety zone, but also reduce noise and air pollution from diesel trains.

To mitigate noise pollution, a berm with acoustic fence is designed and buildings along the railway are higher with gabled roofs to divert noise from entering the new neighbourhood. Additionally,

To mitigate vibrations, the construction of buildings requires vibration isolation. It also can be implemented in rail track construction to reach maximum effect.


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Lund University, Architecture School Sustainable Urban Dynamics, Autumn 2015, Sweden

CONCEPT

DENSIFICATION OF ZHANGJIAKOU Hebei province , China BACKGROUND The city of Zhangjiakou is located in the Hebei province in Northern China approx. 200 km from Beijing. The Central City of Zhangjiakou has approx. 700 000 inhabitants. In 2022 it will host some of the Winter Olympics events. Currently China has 20% of the world’s population and only 7% of the world´s arable land which means – they cannot feed themselves. Hebei province, where Zhangjiekou is located, is 4th biggest farming area of China, and about half of Zhangjiakou region is arable land. The average population growth of Zhangjiakou is approx. 2,5% per year or 16 000 new people every year, and they all need somewhere to live. The Southern part of the existing city is covered with farmlands, but the municipality of Zhangjiakou is planning to extend the city and take over around 60 km2 of them. At the same time, if we look at the existing city, there are a lot of unused plots in it like old industrial sites and other vacant spaces.

avoid urban sprawl

connect

make it green

Make a use of the vacant land and street space in the existing city; Infill existing city with new buildings and new programs; Increase mixture and density.

Connect North and South with fast public transport and pedestrian and bicyclist paths; Connect East and West - both sides of he river and both sides of the old train line.

Increase greenery in the city to improve air quality; Create a green network to improve urban ecosystem and biodiversity, and to improve community access and recreation opportunities.

Land for potential urban infill

Therefore, MY CONCEPT IS BASED ON THREE MAIN ISSUES: 1. To avoid urban sprawl, I’m planning to infill the existing city and to densify it. 2. To create better connections within the city, I’m prioritizing mobility of pedestrians or bicyclists. 3. To improve biodiversity and life quality, I have added a challenge to make the city greener. MY STRATEGY FOR THE SITE IS: 1. To create a pedestrian network connecting the North and South and East and West parts of the city; 2. To introduce new building typologies to reach bigger density in terms of people per square meter and new programs; 3. To generate an urban life, I’m adding a public building – museum, improving the waterfront and activating ground floors in the center of the site, 4. And I’m significantly increasing the amount of vegetation.

Metro line with stops at least every 1000 m Green spine


STRATEGY FOR THE SITE

pedestrian net

PEDESTRIAN ACCESS


Waterfront Park with the Pedestrian Bridge Main Shopping Street

new housing typologies

urban life generator

Main Plaza with the Metro Station

increased amount of vegetation

A Railway Museum

A Old Pavilion

FUNCTIONS Existing High-rises Old Hutong Area with small busineses


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

URBAN BLOCKS

The proposal offers to reorder existing street structure to create a better pedestrian and bicycle access. The new green spine is created in the North – South direction in form of smaller parks.

Balconies

The new building typologies are introduced to create density. Towers are placed in urban blocks; they are stepped back from main facades to create human friendly streets and to avoid winds and shadows on the streets. New building blocks will provide private and semi-private courtyards. Ground floors are planned for commercial use, upper floors for offices and others for residential use. The new public transport system – metro is introduced to create fast and easy access in the city. At the middle of the given site, the main plaza with the metro station is designed. The plaza is surrounded by shopping streets. Additionally, a new railway museum is created in the park to activate it. Morover, new bicycle paths are provided through the park and along streets. Lastly, green rainwater infrastructure is designed to avoid flooding threats in the city in rainy seasons. NEW HIGH-RISES

Green roof

Terrace

≥3m Min 3 storeys Private outdoor amenity

Semi-private/Private courtyard Private gardens Offices/Residential Commercial groundfloor ceiling h ≥ 4,5m

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Lund University, Architecture School Sustainable Urban Landscape, Spring 2015, Sweden

GREEN REMEDIATION OF VERKET AND MOSSEELVA op s

Moss, Norway

THE CONCEPT OF THIS PROJECT IS BASED ON THREE MAIN ISSUES: 1.

Soil remediation because of the pollution;

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Improvement of functions and connections because former industrial areas like Verket is currently missing a clear function and relation to the city, and Moss as a city is missing greater scale culture building;

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Prevention of flooding risks because of sea level rise and heavy rains in the near future.

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BACKGROUND The city of Moss is located in the fastest-growing and densest region of Norway. In coming decades the city of Moss will experience great changes in housing, infrastructure development and most likely – climate change problems like heavy rains and a sea level rise. As Moss is a former industrial city, a big part of it is polluted and also the social life of Moss deserves some recovery.

stormwater canal

seabath

Mosseelva (river)

sauna wetland park

business area

hydro-electric station

culture building

main square

view point

hydro-electric station seabath &sauna

wetland

seaside park

culture building

forest

Mosseelva


Dry Season Land can be wet, but it is covered with vegetation, which will work as a filtration zone.

semi-private gardens culture building

Seasonal flooding Land will be flooded, but the boardwalk won’t be affected. Vegetation of the flooded area will be partly visible and will work as a filtration zone. bicycle parking semi-private gardens

cafes

terrace terrace

view point and stormwater stream

railway tracks with mobile food carts

bridge to the city centre

Extreme flooding Most of the wetland park will be flooded; parts of the boardwalks can be under the water. Residential and business district won’t be affected.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION The proposal offers to develop the Verket area in a mixed-use district with a seaside park and wetlands on the West side in respect to possible sea level rise, a new calm residential area in the North, and a mixed-use district in the South with a new culture building and Main Square. Along the streets and next to the high slope differences storm water canals are provided.

Social, environmental and economical remediation One of the project’s aims is to remediate the Verket area through the use of plants – phytoremediation. Phytoremediation provides mitigation of pollutant concentrations in contaminated soils, water and air. Ground waters and storm waters will be treated before they reach the ocean and the soil is treated at the site without excavating it. Gradually increasing plantations in Verket with plants, which can treat the soil, is a long process with low costs that gives a time for social remediation – ‘Life Before the City’. This motto is borrowed from the Koge Kyst project in Denmark, and it means cultural interventions as a part of development, bringing people to the area before actually building, testing ideas and inviting society to take part in developing their city. And lastly, economic remediation- activating Verket and bringing people and new functions to the area, Verket can become an economical sustainable part of the city again.


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Lund University, Architecture School Sustainable Urban Recycling, Autumn 2014, Sweden

INDOOR - OUTDOOR PUBLIC SPACE BOTANICAL WINTER GARDEN Lund, Sweden The aim of the project is to create a meeting place between research and business with indoor – outdoor public space using innovation as the driving force. The project offers to create a grand winter botanical garden as research space with public accessibility. It has an easy and fast access to public transport, and sustainable energy system is provided.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION The garden is planned to be used as a research lab with recreation and leisure facilities. The size of the winter garden is 13 600 m2. Two public meeting spots are planned, plazas with a clear connection to public transport stops. The main path runs through the whole garden and next to the path is a rain drainage canal. The garden is built on a slope that helps bring water down where it is collected again in a smaller pool and can be reused. The proposal is made considering environmental sustainability like solar energy, grey water treatment systems, waste reuse and rain water collecting systems. It will work as a recycling system for inner space and surrounded areas. The buildings are energy efficient, and they are organized in groups considering solar access and orientation.


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Transformable Car Parking Space

Latvia’s University of Agriculture Professional Bachelor Project In Landscape Architecture Spring 2014, Latvia

VEF Fountain Square

VEF REDEVELOPMENT

Children’s Playground

Riga, Latvia Historically, development of the railway line had a great impact on the development of Riga. The railway loop goes all around the city center and is preventing it from expansion. During the industrialization period railway lines were surrounded by industrial areas, but nowadays most of them are gone. Now territories in proximity to railway operations are often considered to be degraded environment, VEF territory - a former radio and telephone factory area as one of them.

Residential Zone with Recreational Area and Playground

Artist’s Street

The project discusses how former factories like VEF, which is located very close to the city center, could be used to make the city more compact and walkable, and how to increase the land value in proximity to railways.

Apple Orchard Market and Event Square Cherry Orchard Exhibition Garden

PROJECT DESCRIPTION The aim of the project is to offer a new model of development for former industrial areas in proximity to railways, and VEF is used as an example of development opportunities. Currently, areas along the railway is mostly used by businesses that require warehouse-type space. The project offers to develop VEF as a multifunctional and car free district with residential and business buildings, and green and open public spaces.

Residential Zone with Recreational Area and Playground


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Freelance work, 2013 Company: Velve - AE Customer: Riga City Council Riga, Latvia

PARK AT KVADRÄ€TA STREET 22 Riga, Latvia Project task was to develop a technical project of the park at KvadrÄ ta Street 22, Riga, Latvia. Project was produced in collaboration with ltd Velve - AE. I worked as the landscape architecture consultant. I helped with the selection of plants and design of the environmental artworks, and I also worked with visualizations.


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Freelance work, 2015 Company: ALPS Customer: real estate developer Hanner Riga, Latvia

TERRACE AT NEW TEIKA Riga, Latvia The new Teika is a mixed-use new development in Riga. I was asked to design a terrace for the residential part of the area. The terrace is placed next to the cafeteria and will be built from wooden decks.


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Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Digital Landscape Visualisations, Spring 2013, Sweden

KOCKUMS PARK Malmรถ, Sweden TASK The project task was to develop an existing design proposal of the Kockums park and to make a visual presentation of the project. Project was given in AutoCAD format. The task was to construct a digital 3D model in SketchUp, select several views, render them in V-Ray and refine in Photoshop.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION Kockums park is located at the Western harbour area in Malmรถ. The aim of the design was to create a feeling of the nearby sea. The park is designed in natural materials to highlight harbour and seaside environment characteristics.


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Inta Vaska landscape architect and urban designer email: inta.vaska@gmail.com phone: +371 297 604 10, +46 72 173 3164 adress: Slotskogsgatan 5A, lgh 1102, 414 53 Gรถteborg, Sweden https://se.linkedin.com/in/intavaska


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