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DESIGN + PLANNING PORTFOLIO

JARED H. PRESS Massachusetts Institute of Technology ¦ Master in City Planning, 2013 University of Michigan ¦ Bachelor of Arts - History, 2006 jaredpress@gmail.com ¦ 301.580.1988


ABOUT ME My professional objective is to strengthen and empower communities to become more livable and sustainable through innovative urban design and planning strategies. I am particularly interested in neighborhood revitalization, infill redevelopment, and urban growth management. My approach balances an appreciation for history and context with a willingness to envision and weigh alternative futures. I place an equal emphasis on my abilities to identify and analyze problems, craft holistic solutions, and effectively communicate findings and recommendations to stakeholders. I received my Master in City Planning and Urban Design Certificate from the MIT School of Architecture + Planning in 2013, where I was a member of the City Design & Development group. In addition to my coursework, I held a two-year Research Assistantship with Professor Brent Ryan, studying residential development patterns in Detroit, served as the Teaching Assistant for Professor Dennis Frenchman’s Urban Design Seminar, and interned at the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. Prior to attending MIT, I worked as a sustainability consultant in San Francisco, performing environmental impact studies and developing sustainability initiatives for corporate and government clients. I received my bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan in 2006, am a LEED AP, and hold a certificate from the Sustainable Building Advisor Institute. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball and Settlers of Catan and reading The Far Side. I can be reached at jaredpress@gmail.com. Unless otherwise noted, I am responsible for all graphics and photos included in this portfolio.

Working at the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, July 2012 - Photo by Colleen McHugh.


TABLE OF CONTENTS CENTRO BRASILIDADE

Sテグ PAULO, BRASIL

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ST. CLAUDE AVENUE

NEW ORLEANS, LA

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KIRYAT GAT 2025

KIRYAT GAT, ISRAEL

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DR. STRANGEBOX

CHICAGO, IL & WASHINGTON, DC

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MAGAZINE BEACH

CAMBRIDGE, MA

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BROADWAY LINEAR PARK

SOMERVILLE, MA

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GULESIAN WAREHOUSE

CAMBRIDGE, MA

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CENTRO BRASILIDADE A REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR CENTRO VELHO SÃO PAULO, BRASIL

At the heart of São Paulo is Centro Velho, the historic center of city. Decades of outward urban expansion, coupled with the construction of a eight-lane highway on top of the Anhangabaú River, have contributed to the decline of the district. Despite its central location, making it highly accessible by public transit, the historic neighborhood struggles to attract investment. After conducting site visits of Centro Velho, our team came to the conclusion that the neighborhood is a grossly underutilized urban asset that suffers from the perception of crime, a lack of activity at night, and the eight-lane highway that divides it. The site provides unique opportunities for strategic historic preservation and horizontal and vertical connectivity by depressing the highway in favor of a cap. Through the use of air rights, the cap will become the canvas of Centro’s re-imagination through cultural celebration.

Top Left: The existing eight-lane highway, constructed above the Anhangabaú River, that bisects the project site. Vivo Centro, a local non-profit neighborhood organization, requested design proposals based on the premise that the city would depress and cap the highway. Bottom Left: Draft physical massing model. Above: Final physical massing model, produced collaboratively by project team.


Real Estate Development Studio: Mixed Use Projects ¦ Spring 2013 Center for Real Estate ¦ MIT Partners ¦ Keith Leung, Farrah Sabouni, Jake von Trapp

RETAIL STRATEGY

The retail strategy of Centro Brasilidade is based on the proven retail scheme of the “dumbell anchor.” At either end of the site are destination indoor retail shopping malls that will capitalize on the foot traffic from both viaducts and the Sao Bento metro station. Connecting these two anchors is Restaurant Row, which will serve as the outdoor “food court” between each anchor. A limited amount of in-line neighborhood service retail surrounds the residential district.

Neighborhood Service Retail Restaurant Row Destination Shopping Malls

Top: SketchUp model illustrates proposed location of retail, produced collaboratively with Farrah Sabouni. Bottom: Detailed diagram of retail components within site plan.

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MASTER PLAN

The culturally themed master plan is designed to catalyze the re-imagination of Centro, bringing 24-hour vibrancy back to the city’s origins. The plan combines Class A office space, workforce condos, destination retail, luxury condominiums, hotels, conference space and civic assets within the district. The new cap over the recessed highway serves to not only take highway traffic out of the pedestrian urban environment, but also becomes the canvas for driving traffic to the site. Anchoring the site, the Instituto Brasilidade and adjacent Restaurant Row will become a celebration of Brasilian culture, driving domestic and international tourism to the site.

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ST. CLAUDE AVENUE COMMERCIAL CORRIDORS REVITALIZATION STUDY NEW ORLEANS, LA

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Above & Opposite Page: All digital graphics produced collaboratively by project team.

GOALS The St. Claude Avenue commercial corridor is one of three targeted for revitalization by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. St. Claude crosses multiple residential neighborhoods, for which it serves as the primary and, for the most part, only source of commercial activity within walking distance. After surveying the condition of 1,492 parcels and mapping the findings, our team identified goals and strategic recommendations for the long-range redevelopment of St. Claude.

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Graduate Intern in Strategy and Development ¦ Summer 2012 New Orleans Redevelopment Authority Partners ¦ Michael Kaplan, Colleen McHugh, Anna Muessig

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KIRYAT GAT 2025 REIMAGINING INDUSTRIAL URBANISM KIRYAT GAT, ISRAEL

This project is an international collaboration between the Tel-Aviv University Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design and the MIT Site & Systems Planning Studio in order to envision, plan, and design prototypical sustainable neighborhoods for the industrial city of Kiryat Gat, Israel. The goal of this studio is to plan, design, and retrofit existing residential communities to become low carbon, ecologically responsive by incorporating innovative planning strategies and new technologies, and to generally enhance the livability and self-reliance of local residents and potential newcomers. Top: Proposed redevelopment of industrial site. Bottom Left: Final strategic plan (available for download on website listed below). Bottom Right: Site & Environmental Systems Planning Studio website (kiryatgat.mit.edu).


Site & Systems Planning Studio ¦ Spring 2012 Department of Urban Studies and Planning ¦ MIT Partners ¦ Michael Kaplan, Christopher Rhie

SPATIAL ANALYSIS

PATTERNS OF PUBLIC OPEN AND UNDEVELOPED LAND IN CENTRAL KIRYAT GAT

Field observations revealed a large proportion of vacant lots - this is confirmed by the mapping exercise, which shows that 22% of the central city is vacant. It also reveals a possible correlation between intra-block corridors and increased levels of walking amongst residents, as well as an opportunity for stream restoration, given the swath of vacant space that mimics the winding stream in the northeastern neighborhoods.

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KIRYAT GAT 2025 REIMAGINING INDUSTRIAL URBANISM KIRYAT GAT, ISRAEL

SITE PLAN

INDUSTRIAL REMIX: RETHINKING THE INDUSTRIAL CAMPUS

Home to tech firms such as Intel and HP, the industrial core is central to Kiryat Gat’s future growth. Currently, the area consists of isolated campuses and few publicly accessible amenities. The proposal envisions a future Kiryat Gat where housing, retail, and research facilities are introduced into industrial settings, made possible by cleaner manufacturing processes, in order to create innovation clusters with a high degree of knowledge spillover. Kiryat Gat has a chance to challenge the convention of single-use industrial zones by establishing a new model for industrial towns by becoming the first to co-locate housing, clean manufacturing, and R&D.

Site plan produced collaboratively with Michael Kaplan and Christopher Rhie.


Site & Systems Planning Studio ¦ Spring 2012 Department of Urban Studies and Planning ¦ MIT Partners ¦ Michael Kaplan, Christopher Rhie

PROPOSED ASSETS

The team proposed a series of assets and uses within the final site plans based on existing demand and what is currently lacking. Each has the potential to positively impact the city as part of the strategic plan.

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DR. STRANGEBOX

OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE URBAN BIG BOX RETAIL

MASTER’S THESIS CHICAGO, IL & WASHINGTON, D.C.

MAPPING THE URBAN EXPANSION OF TARGET AND WALMART

My master’s thesis addresses the urban Big Box phenomenon by looking at Walmart and Target (America’s two largest mass merchandisers) in Washington, D.C. and Chicago (arguably America’s two cities most willing to embrace Big Box retail). Within the past decade, retailers have begun adapting the traditional suburban format Big Box with new store models and layouts to better integrate into an urban environment.


City Design & Development Master’s Thesis ¦ Spring 2013 Department of Urban Studies and Planning ¦ MIT Advisor ¦ Professor Dennis Frenchman

CASE-STUDY ANALYSIS

Research was based on site observations and analysis of five case studies, consisting of Target and Walmart stores built since 2008 in Chicago and Washington, D.C. An examination of the range of these new urban Big Box typologies was conducted to assess the current state of this phenomenon and attempt to understand and project its impacts on cities.

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DR. STRANGEBOX

OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE URBAN BIG BOX RETAIL

MASTER’S THESIS CHICAGO, IL & WASHINGTON, D.C.

CASE-STUDY ANALYSIS

Clockwise from Top Left: Walmart Express, River North, Chicago, IL; Walmart Supercenter, H Street, Washington, DC (rendering courtesy of JBG Rosenfeld); CityTarget, The Loop, Chicago, IL; Target, West Loop, Chicago, IL; Target, Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.


City Design & Development Master’s Thesis ¦ Spring 2013 Department of Urban Studies and Planning ¦ MIT Advisor ¦ Professor Dennis Frenchman

PROJECTIONS

This study found that the trend of urban Big Box retail marks a paradigm shift, suggesting that general merchandise Big Box retailers such as Target and Walmart can and will likely become legitmate urban elements by adapting their form (through mixed-use, vertical development) and function (increasing emphasis on daily living essentials, fresh groceries in particular).

EXISTING SECTION OF WEST LOOP TARGET

ALTERNATIVE DESIGN FOR WEST LOOP TARGET

Take advantage of large floor plate to support recreational facilities on rooftop; consolidate parking in underground lot, move store to ground level to establish street frontage and make space for additional usage in back of building.

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MAGAZINE BEACH OPEN SPACE DESIGN PROPOSAL CAMBRIDGE, MA

This open space design proposal seeks to connect Central Square to Magazine Beach, activate an underutilized waterfront, and restore a natural wetland ecosystem. Magazine Street is reimagined as a pedestrian/bicycle/vehicular traffic space connecting the busy Central Square hub to the revitalized Magazine Beach waterfront. The restoration of a portion of Magazine Beach’s historic shoreline as a wetland environment reestablishes an ecological system to a neighborhood park with a variety of existing uses. A signature red boardwalk extends from the park entrance, providing first glimpses of the Charles River through a canopy of trees. As the path turns from axial to meandering, a series of gently stepped stairways bring the visitor through a landscape of naturalistic wetlands grasses and wildflowers on the way to its terminus at the waterline.


Urban Design Skills Studio ¦ Fall 2011 Department of Urban Studies and Planning ¦ MIT Partners ¦ Micah Davison, Noah Koretz, Katie Lorah

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BROADWAY LINEAR PARK WINTER HILL & MAGOUN SQUARE COMMUNITY PLAN 2012 SOMERVILLE, MA

Broadway crosses the entire length of Somerville and is the major thoroughfare within the study area. The street’s tremendous width, 70+ feet in some areas, can be intimidating to pedestrians, and it serves to separate the north and south sides of Winter Hill. This proposal focuses on transforming Broadway into a corridor that connects north and south, and is well used by pedestrians and bikes, as well as cars. The proposed concept of a linear park is intended to promote physical and visual connectivity between Foss Park and Trum Field, the two major open recreational spaces that bookend the study area. The lack of cross streets along the north side of Broadway presents a unique opportunity for pedestrians and cyclists to walk or ride for six uninterrupted blocks. To be protected from thru-traffic in this manner is rare in an urban environment.

Top: Rendering of proposed redesign, with Broadway wall being utilized for vegetation as well as a mural commemorating the pathway of Paul Revere’s historic “Midnight Ride.” Bottom Left: Section of proposed redesign of Broadway streetscape. Proposed installation of stormwater detention swale and shared pedestrian/bike path could be achieved without reducing existing traffic or parking capacity. Produced collaboratively with Cara Ferrentino. Bottom Right: Existing conditions on Broadway.


Community Growth and Land Use Planning Practicum ¦ Fall 2012 Department of Urban Studies and Planning ¦ MIT Partners ¦ Cara Ferrentino, Karina Milchman, Ali Sheppard

Existing conditions on Broadway.

Rendering of proposed redesign, with enlarged sidewalk for shared pedestrian/bike path.

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Differentiated crosswalks/intersections Bioswale Sidewalk bumpouts Shared pedestrian/bike path Broadway wall Paul Revere Park

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GULESIAN WAREHOUSE A MIXED-INCOME HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL CAMBRIDGE, MA The historic Gulesian warehouse on Brookline Street in Cambridge, MA, has been identified for a low- and moderate-income housing development aimed at preserving socioeconomic diversity within the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Cambridgeport.

130 Brookline Street

Given recent economic conditions, including elevated rates of unemployment, moderate- and low-income residents are particularly vulnerable to displacement. Gulesian Warehouse aims to stabilize this group’s footing in Cambridgeport through the provision of 60 affordable units spread across two buildings on a site with a shared courtyard and surface parking. The project draws on state and local HOME and AHT funds, as well as syndication proceeds from 9% low-income housing tax credits.

EXISTING SITE CONDITIONS

17 Tudor Street

PROPOSED RENOVATIONS

130 BROOKLINE STREET

17 TUDOR STREET

Above: 130 Brookline St rendering produced collaboratively; 17 Tudor St rendering by Karina Milchman.


Mixed-Income Housing Development ¦ Fall 2012 Center for Real Estate ¦ MIT Partner ¦ Karina Milchman

130 Brookline Unit Plans 3 BR - 1,215 SF BR

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JARED H. PRESS

4230 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 s jaredpress@gmail.com s 301.580.1988 EDUCATION

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

2011-2013

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2002-2006

EXPERIENCE Tsen & Associates, San Francisco, CA

2014

Master in City Planning & Urban Design Certificate - Specialized in City Design & Development; Overall GPA: 3.8/4.0 - Awarded: Two-year Research Assistantship, focusing on patterns of housing development in Detroit, MI - Selected: Teaching Assistant for Urban Design Seminar; Real Estate Development Studio - Complex Mixed-Use Urban Projects in São Paulo, Brazil; Site & Systems Planning Studio in Kiryat Gat, Israel (www.kiryatgat.mit.edu) - Relevant Courses: Quantitative Reasoning & Statistical Methods for Planning, Mixed-Income Housing Development Studio, Community Growth & Land Use Planning Practicum, Real Estate Investment & Finance, Microeconomics & Planning Economics - Thesis: “Dr. StrangeBox, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Urban Big Box Retail” - B.A. History, with Distinction; Overall GPA: 3.8/4.0 and Major GPA: 3.85/4.0; University Honors – 5 out of 7 semesters - Awards: James B. Angell Scholar – 2005 and 2006; William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize – 2002

Development Associate - Conduct market study reports for prospective residential projects, including research and analysis of site conditions, economic and demographic data, profiles and rent surveys of comparable projects, potential buyer characteristics

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, New Orleans, LA

Summer 2012

Graduate Intern in Strategy and Development - Performed commercial corridor studies in distressed neighborhoods, balancing feasibility with catalytic redevelopment potential - Conducted field research to identify individual properties for future acquisition based on location, condition, prior use and value - Produced and presented long-range redevelopment plans and recommendations for each targeted commercial corridor

Environmental Institute of America, Campbell, CA

2009-2011

MindClick Sustainable Growth Management, San Francisco, CA

2009-2010

Green Century Institute, San Francisco, CA

2007-2008

Smart Growth Alliance, Washington, D.C.

2006-2007

LEED Exam Prep Instructor - Directed research and development of curriculum and educational materials for LEED AP O+M exam preparation course - Instructed prep courses for LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, and LEED Green Associate accreditation exams

Sustainability Analyst - Compiled comprehensive sustainability reports for clients to evaluate environmental footprints, which involved: - Auditing facility operations, energy and resource consumption, waste streams, and procurement practices - Developing sustainability initiatives for building systems, employee practices and behavior, and general business operations - Strategizing for implementation phases, including employee education, operational adjustment, and public relations - Researched industry best practices for development of Sustainability Scorecard environmental indicators, requiring synthesis and integration of environmental standards, including LEED EBOM Rating System and Greenhouse Gas Protocol Project Coordinator - EcoCity Feasibility Study: Cross-disciplinary analysis of opportunities for sustainable development in Bay Area - Project Indonesia Initiative: Strategic planning for conference addressing potential sustainable development in Indonesia Intern - Researched and wrote comprehensive internal review of the SGA Recognition Program - Compiled historical and environmental research for the publication of the 2006 Regional Conservation Priorities List

ADDITIONAL Certifications and Technical Skills

- LEED Accredited Professional, US Green Building Council (2009) - Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, Sustainable Building Advisor Institute (2008) - Proficiency in ArcGIS; Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign; Rhinoceros; Google SketchUp; MS Office Suite

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