LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO
HELLO 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 Brownfield Re-Development 2 Chicago, IL Restoring a Creek Access Point 4 Harrisburg, PA Design-Build: Conversational Bench 6 Ames, IA Creating a Rural Destination Colfax, IA
Combatting Wetland Encroachment Kigali, Rwanda
Topographic Development Ames, IA
Threads & The Landscape Photo Series
Historical Intervention Rome, Italy
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2 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.
RESTORING CREEK ACCESS 5 HARRISBURG, PA 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 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. 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
6 C O N V E R S AT I O N A L B E N C H AMES, IA | TEAM MEMBER: NATE BYRO
The Conversational Bench is a designbuild 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 2’ - Bottom height of upper bench
12 - 1’6” supports (2”x4”) 48 - 2” framing screws
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 8 C COLFAX, IA
9 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.
W E T L A N D E N C R O A C H M E N T 11 KIGALI, RWANDA | TEAM MEMBER: EMILY SCOTT 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. The poorest of Kigaliâ€™s population often live near or within the wetland areas. The visual to the right reveals an intervention to the existing wetland areas that improves infrastructure and day to day funtions within the impoverished low areas of Kigali. This particular intervention introduces a low impact structure that would store and filter runoff for re-use in washing laundry. This intervention is part of a larger series that fits into a master plan develped for Kigali as the city continues to grow.
E T L A N D E N C ROAC H M E N T 12 W TEAM MEMBER: EMILY SCOTT | KIGALI, RWANDA 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 the proposed intervention on page 12.
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OPOGRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT 16 T AMES, IA | TEAM MEMBERS: TORI DEWITT, JAKE OSWALD, JULES SABIN, MINGFANG ZHOU
17 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.
T H R E A D S & T H E L A N D S C A P E 19 TEAM MEMBER: JENNA LAMBERTZ | PHOTO SERIES
We wear the landscape every day when we put on our favorite t-shirt or trusty pair of jeans. A photos series was formed to highlight denim in particular as a thread that connects us back to the landscape. Denim is one of the most common types of clothing worldwide. It is a thread that binds us together as people and ties us to the typology that it derives from. This photo series aims to capture the every day denim wearer within their immediate environment whether that be indoor or outdoor. With this project, we aim to start a dialogue locally that explores the history and cultural implications behind the threads we wear and our deep reliance on the environment in every stage of our daily lives.
I S TO R I C A L I N T E RV E N T I O N 20 H ROME, ITALY | TEAM MEMBER: BECCA STEPHENSON, ANDREA SPOSETO
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.
RESUME Skills Public Speaking | Customer Service Project Bidding | Project Management Graphic Design | Hand Drafting AutoCAD | Adobe Suite MS Office | Pro Landscape Design
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 design development Worked within AutoCAD to create construction documents Researched and proposed 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) for competition series. Placed 1st among all groups. 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
23 Experience (Continued)
Iowa State University - Cyclone Aide: 2013 - 2014 1 of 34 selected (Out of 250 applicants) as an ISU ambassador Welcomed and assisted a diverse group of over 6,500 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
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
Merkle Endowment for Excellence in Landscape Architecture Awarded to one student at Iowa State University with a curricular focus in Urban Design
Fareway Grocery Stores - Bagger/Customer Service: 2009-2011 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, Fall 2016
JOE BIEGGER email@example.com 515-339-5105