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EDSA Internship Papagayo, Costa Rica
Independent Study Copenhagen, Denmark
Coastal Resiliency Studio Mar thaâ€™s Vineyard, MA
Windbreak Modeling Syracuse, NY
Scajaquada Creek Buffalo, NY
Scajaquada Creek Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
E DSA I N T E RN S H I P Papagayo, Costa Rica During my internship at EDSA, I rendered plan and section drawings both digitally and by hand. The following are a series of section renderings of a boutique community located in Pagagayo, Costa Rica.
IND E P E N D E N T ST U DY Copenhagen, Denmark In my independent study, I examined two communities in Copenhagen that embrace the presence of spontaneous vegetation while also fostering community for nonconforming and/or socially vulnerable individuals. Through the lens of resilience- a concept becoming increasingly relevant as unprecedented urban growth persists- I explored the spatial overlaps between nonconforming plants, people and places; similarly overlooked and undervalued.
PRO C ES S ING O B S E R V A T I O N Copenhagen, Denmark
Spontaneous Urban Plant Identification
Horseweed | Conyza canadensis Mountain Ash | Sorbus aucuparia Common Poppy | Papaver rhoeas English Stonecrop | Sedum anglicum Common Chickweed | Stellaria media Common Yarrow | Achillea Millefolium St Johnâ€™s Wort | Hypericum perforatum Small Knotweed | Polygonum plebeium
Thistle | Cirsium japonicum Siberian Elm | Ulmus pumila Hawkweed | Picris hieracioides Goldenrod | Soligado canadensis Cow Parsely | Anthriscus sylvestris Field Mustard | Brassica campestris Blueweed | Echium vulgarecommon Bloomsburg Grass | Sporobolus fertilis
Rose | Rugosa spp. Mugwart | Artemisia ssp. Blackberry | Rubus fruticosus Black Meddick | Medicago lupulina English Stonecrop | Sedum anglicum Lambâ€™s Quarter | Chenopodium album Wild Chamomile | Matricaria chamumilia Common Soapwort | Saponaria officinalis
Tra versing ‘Fre etown’ Ch ristian ia Copenhagen, Denmark community infrastructure
A section through Christiania, an anarchist commune, and a normative city street reveals differences in vegetative density between the two zones.
Vegetative Density Analysis
five-story residential unit
roadway bike lanes sidewalks
“Rosenhuset” communal home + courtyard
“Wonderland” indoor skatepark
social sculpture park
Tra versing S undh o lm Copenhagen, Denmark community infrastructure
A section through Sundholmâ€™s urban community garden and the normative city streetscape reveals differences in vegetative density between the two spaces.
The Center for Outsiders and Crime Prevention (CUKU)
three-lane roadway bike lane
shaded seating area
chicken and rabbit enclosure
COASTA L RES I L I E N CY STUDIO Mar tha’s Vineyard, MA This studio studied the impacts of sea level rise and increased storm frequency in the Vineyard Haven community in Martha’s Vineyard. The site of intervention was a dilapidated community park (mostly lawn) and its adjacent “Mud” Creek. This design proposes to open and extend Mud Creek to respond to existing topography and allow its natural tidal flow to cycle, uninhibited. The park design itself establishes native plant communities- brackish meadow, urban forest, estuarine wetland- that function as s storm surge sponge.
DESIGN GOALS 1. Establish rich wetland ecosystems that promotes biodiversity and phases out invasive species 2. Enhance connectivity and pedestrian circulation within and existing park and Mud Creek 3. Provide recreational space that exposes users to their communityâ€™s ecological texture
E X I S T I N G Conditions
S in edi M me m ud n ite Cr tati s ee on k
P R O P O S E D
W et la
Fo re st
Topographic It eratio n s
existing + constant flooding + undesired saturated lawn conditions + unprepard for increasing sealevel projections
multi-mounded + multiple, narrower pathways + multiple water chambers slow and disperse water during surges + unique opportunity for user immersion in inundation zones
single-mounded + main pedestrian walkway + gradual sloping encourages establishment of riparian buffer + unique opportunity for user immersion in inundation zones
tiered + greater structural integrity + tiers correspond to sea-level rise projections (opportunity for community education tool)
deep-cut basin inundation water level
+ less user visibility of natural processes during surge events + may not be structurally feasible
Co ast al Re s i l i e nc y St udi o Mar thaâ€™s Vineyard, MA visualizing tidal surge absorption
Estuarine wetlands are resilient to inundation and tidal cycles. The wetland serves as an absorbent buffer habitat between the park and creek.
WIN D B REA K M O D E LING Syracuse, NY This three-dimesional study of a living windbreak on an agricultural property unveiled how the newly proposed plantings would cast shade on this particular area in the farm.
Laser- cut tree forms ranging in porosit y
SCA J AQ UA DA CRE EK Buffalo, NY This eight-week studio studied potential design scenarios of a daylighted creek in an urban community in Buffalo, NY. With an emphasis on interweaving green space a newly visable creek, an engaging linear park was proposed. The design uses vertacle space as a way to bring topographic variation to the two-acre site. A resulting series of mounds and depressions function as rainwater gardens, seating areas and way-finding points.
SITE CULVERTED CREEK HISTORIC CREEK COVER PROPOSED GREEN CORRIDOR
EX PA N D I N G T H E G REENB ELT Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain In the summer of 2018, I participated in Vitoria-Gasteiz’s International Landscape Workshop and Forum facilitated by the city’s Center for Environmental Studies (CEA). Over a two-week period, I attended lectures, engaged with students and professionals from all landscape-related disciplines, and toured Vitoria-Gasteiz’s green belt to learn more about sustainable infrastructure and design. The following work illustrates design and planning concepts that would better connect the city’s inner Green Belt with its peri-urban landscape.
Ar ec ha va
Parque de Lasa r te
i deleg Ga r Las ar t e
B e rro st eg
Regional Context and Pueblos
Master plan depicting potential land sharing and land sparing scenarios for the peri-urban landscape of Vitoria-Gasteiz
hand-drawn, digitally-colored Agricultural Land Sharing Senario
Apple O rcha rd +
Ma rk e
Cid erh ou s
ty uni Sp a c e
Conceptualizing the heart of a peri-urban cultural center, cider house, and market space
Freehand sketch outside the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain