LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO
My name is Joe Biegger and I am a 5th year student in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. I love Travel, Photography, and Urban Design. This portfolio highlights some of my favorite projects locally and abroad.
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S 2
Restoring a Creek Access Point
Design-Build: Conversational Bench
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Creating a Rural Destination Colfax, IA
Combatting Wetland Encroachment
Topographic Development Ames, IA
R E S U M E Education Iowa State University â€“ Class of 2017
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Dowling Catholic High School â€“ Class of 2012
Raymond Jungles Inc - Miami, FL - Intern: 2016 Assisted Landscape Architects in the all stages of design development Worked within AutoCAD in the creation of construction documents Researched and proposed wide array of tropical planting material College of Design Rome Program: 2016 4 month full immersion study abroad experience Studied Italian language and culture Guided by Italian and American professionals Collaborated with Roma Tre (Italian school of Architecture) TimberPine Nursery and Greenhouse - Intern: 2014 - 2015 Assisted with creation of landscape plans and proposals Facilitated prospective customer appointments Managed both residential and commercial job sites Generated comprehensive estimates for clientele Iowa State University - Cyclone Aide: 2013 - 2014 One of 34 selected (Out of over 250 applicants) as an ISU ambassador Welcomed and assisted a diverse group of over 6,500 new students Facilitated 28 consecutive days of orientation Conducted student and family question and answer panels Received 100 hours of public speaking training Organized and spoke at an arena event for over 4,000 students HAILA Architecture Firm - Intern: 2013 Student Liaison for FarmHouse Fraternity expansion Researched and proposed exterior design concepts Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt - Shift Leader: 2011- 2012 Managed all store functions Supervised store associates Performed opening and closing processes Fareway Grocery Stores - Bagger/Customer Service: 2009-2011
FarmHouse Fraternity Active member, Iowa Chapter, 2012 – Current Public Relations Director, 2014- Current Social Chair, 2014- 2015 Student Society of Landscape Architects Active club member, 2014 – Current Marketing chair - 2015 CAA (Campustown Action Association) Urban development student representative, - Current Public Relations committee member - Current
Awards/Honors Merkle Endowment for Excellence in Landscape Architecture Awarded to one student at Iowa State University with a curricular focus in Urban Design College of Design Ambassador Chosen as 1 of 3 to represent ISU’s College of Design Iowa State University Dean’s List Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 Dowling Catholic High School Honor Roll, 2008 – 2012 Academic Letter and Academic Excellence Medal, 2012
Public Speaking | Customer Service | Project Bidding Project Management | Graphic Design | Hand Drafting AutoCAD | Adobe Suite | Pro Landscape Design
4 B ROW N F I E L D R E - D E V E L O P M E N T CHICAGO, IL
Just south of Chicagoâ€™s city core, over 200 acres of lakefront land sits unused. U.S. Steel once owned this land and operated one of the nationâ€™s largest steel mills upon it. Poised for redevelopment, the property comes with plenty of challenges as it sits within some of the traditionally poorest neighborhoods within Chicagoâ€™s city limits. Iowa State students were challenged to create an upscale master plan for the area that would also provide services and amenities for the existing demographic. The commercial and residential devlopment originates around a slip or canal that was originally used for the import and export of steel materials. The slip creates a strong linear axis that is lengthened with the installation of a land bridge that extends over the busy Lake Shore Drive adjacent. The axis as pictured above, terminates at a transportation hub that serves the existing community as well as the proposed residential in the master plan. The comprehensive plan for this site seeks to connect the shore to the existing community that has previously been cut off by busy vehicular thouroghfares and a lack of pedestrian accessways.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is a city with deep industrial roots. The historic industrial corridor sits largely vacant presently, due to frequent flooding of the central creek. Currently, most of the creek is completely channelized or covered by hard infrastructure. The plan for the site reveals the creek, which artificially meanders through the site. The modern interpretation of the curves commonly found in a stream speaks to the industrial past of the site while allowing the water in the area to slow down and become a prominent feature of the district. A bike path which would extend through the entire industrial zone winds through the site crossing the creek at various points. Native vegetation is used to allude to the original nature of the creek surroundings
The site of focus houses five historic buildings that are incorporated into a double faced retail concept. Secondary access to retail can be found along the internal creek corridor. Pedestrians become the focus of the internal greenway that winds adjacent to the uncovered creek. Private patios and public plazas mix to create a lively environment that is removed from the busy thoroughfares that surround.
RESTORING CREEK ACCESS 7 HARRISBURG, PA
E S I G N - B U I L D : C O N V E R S AT I O N A L B E N C H 8 D AMES, IA | TEAM MEMBER: NATE BYRO The Conversational Bench is a design-build project created to encourage a new thinking in regards to the funtionality of outdoor seating. Currently, almost all outdoor seating in parks and public spaces adhere to the traditional bench style where users sit side by side. The Conversational Bench encourages face to face conversation, by allowing one users legs to slip slightly underneath the others’. This allows for a comfortable amount of personal space while still encouraging intimate conversation. The curvilinear form of the bench allows for a comfortable lounging experience that fits the body better than a traditional bench would. This installation was made from 100% recycled materials including plywood, 2x4s, and shipping pallets. S H O P D R AW I N G S
84 - 3/4” black screws
18” Reclaimed pallet boards, spacing varies boards screwed from top with 3/4” screws
20° 2” x 4” spacers screwed from ends
28 pallet slats 4’ x 8’ plywood sheets
Pallet board screwed to top of bench 2”x4” supports staggered for easy screwing into plywood sheets with 2” screws
3 - 3/4” Plywood faces
12 - 1’6” supports (2”x4”) 48 - 2” framing screws
2’ - Bottom height of upper bench
2” overhang on both sides of plywood 9” - Bottom height of lower bench
3 Sheets of 3/4” plywood spaced 1’6” apart
R E AT I N G A R U R A L D E S T I N AT I O N 10 C COLFAX, IA
11 The city of Colfax recently gained ownership of an abandoned quarry located just outside of town. The excavated portion of the quarry has created a large lake with a central island. Colfax is seeking to bring commerce from the nearby des moines metro. City officials plan to use the quarry as a commercial and recreational destination. Part of a larger master plan, the main street extension seeks to serve as an addition to the historic main street district to the south. This new district creates a pedestrian centered commerce center that sits along the shore of the central island. The main street extension serves as a hub for bicyclists around the state. Three separate regional bike trails converge at this location, providing the opportunity for restaurants, shops, and services catered towards this quickly growing demographic. The main street extension will encourage travelers to continue down the road towards the historic district and improve the visibility of the city of Colfax as a whole.
VEGETATION & WEALTH
the diagram below illustrates the strong correlation between relative wealth in Kigali Per ProPerty and the vegetation that is grown there. in general, trends showed that vegeatiion grown in lower income neighborhoods was almost soley for Practical PurPoses (consumPtion, Privacy, etc.) in contrast, vegetation grown in higher income neighborhoods tended to be more for aesthetic PurPoses.
NILE TULIP TREE:
Plant used in low in-
used in lower in-
grows wildly in dry areas. found in lesser
as a fence-row
for food Production
used ornamentally in Kigali. found in higher income neighborhoods.
used decoratvely in higher income neighborhoods. valued for its flowers and the shade it Provides.
C O M B AT T I N G W E T L A N D E N C R O A C H M E N T 13 TEAM MEMBER: EMILY SCOTT | KIGALI, RWANDA
Kigali, Rwanda is infamously known worldwide as the center of violence during the 1994 rwandan genocide. 20 years later, Kigali is trying to reinvent itself as the economic capital of eastern Africa. As Kigaliâ€™s population reaches an all time high, land suitable for building on within the mountainous region is becoming scarce. A study on wealth in regards to topography and vegetation in Kigali led to the creation of a master plan for the city in order to prevent encroachment upon native wetland. Infographics to the left explore wealth distribution based on topography and vegetation within Kigali. Trends seen within these images were found consistent in dozens of case studies across Kigali. Lower income citizens were most likely to be living in or adjacent to the wetlands in the low valleys.Vegetation shifted from ornamental to agricultural as peak descended to valley. Information found here was vital to the creation of the master plan adressing wetland encroachment.
O M B AT T I N G W E T L A N D E N C R O A C H M E N T 14 C KIGALI, RWANDA | TEAM MEMBER: EMILY SCOTT The master plan for Kigali was created specifically in the gikondo wetland near the city center to be used as a module that could be implemented throughout the city. The plan creates a green edge curbing devolopment by establishing a greenbelt system. A system of pedestrian paths would keep citizens seperate from the busy access roads that cross the wetlands. Around the central stream, wetland would be restored to act as a buffer for neighboring agricultural land. Key areas have been identified as zones where low impact infrastructure could be utilized in order to add housing and services so desperately needed. The area circled within the Gikondo Wetland is the site of a proposed intervention shown on page 15.
OPOGRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT 16 T AMES, IA | TEAM MEMBERS: TORI DEWITT, JAKE OSWALD, JULES SABIN, MINGFANG ZHOU A large plot slated for residential development in Ames poses challenges as it is positioned along steep terrain. A mix of high density apartments and single family homes are needed as the site sits just adjacent to Iowa State University. In order to creat lots that are suitable for building, a tier system was created with a central promenade that gently slopes towards the creek at the bottom of the ravine. proposed units will be built partially into the side of the slope in order to preserve views of the park area below.
I S TO R I C A L I N T E RV E N T I O N 18 H ROME, ITALY | TEAM MEMBER: BECCA STEPHENSON The Aurelian Wall that protected ancient Rome for centuries stands today almost completely in tact. In modern times, the wall has created a physical disconnect between neighborhoods and peoples within the Rome metro area. This historical intervention aims to reconnect a pedestrian route through the wall by opening a historic passage that has been sealed for years. Simple finishes and bold color combines to create a ramp and stair system that draws attention to the rich texture of the historic wall facade.
JOE BIEGGER email@example.com 515-339-5105