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Kathryn Ulmer


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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projects

lorna reimer memorial garden

This was a paid independent design project which was subsequently constructed. It is a memorial garden at the Glenrose Hospital in Edmonton, AB for one of their staff members. The garden is in an existing shrub bed in a courtyard at the hospital. These are the construction documents that I prepared, including a layout / surface treatment plan, planting plan, and details sheet. I wanted to create a place for people to reflect, wander and heal.


projects

lorna reimer memorial garden

Staff and patients of the hospital can sit in the comfort of dappled shade and listen to the soothing sound of water. The above perspective is a SketchUp model rendered by hand. Photos to the right are of the constructed memorial garden as built by the contractor.


The model on the left is my student group’s design for the Edmonton Home and Garden Show display. One of my responsibilities was to create the Sketchup model of our plan. I focused on sightlines and dynamic lines in the model to create visual interest.

To the right is a model which demonstrates the location and density of different elements in a mixed-use neighbourhood. It clearly describes how each layer acts on its own and then how they all interact together.

sketchup

sketchup models


autocad

planting plan

This is the planting plan based on my concept (see below) for a City Parks site. I chose plant materials that are hardy for the area, but that are not typical in City Parks projects. This interesting selection of plant material complements my creative design and develops a fun and interesting park.


autocad

grading plan

In this grading assignment I needed to combine an original and revised concept before beginning to grade the site. I implemented proper drainage while ensuring that proposed contours tied back into existing ones.


autocad

layout/surface treatment plan

For the Pinebrook Village project, I created a complete construction package. While conforming to numerous restrictions, I laid out the shrub beds and walkways, selected the plant material and created a design for the courtyard. This is the layout / surface treatment plan.


autocad

layout/surface treatment plan

Layout detail sheet for the Pinebrook Village project. Using dimensions and labels, I laid out all of the shrub beds and walkways.


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details

Details sheet for the Pinebrook Village project. For this construction package, I did the detailing, specifications, and notes for the layout / surface treatment plan, layout details, planting plan and general details.


To the left is my design for an elemetary school yard. Within the design criteria, I needed to incorporate an outdoor classroom and a rain garden. I focused on creating areas that are condusive to learning and imaginative play. The plan is rendered in Photoshop.

To the right are sections created in Photoshop. The bottom section is from the same school yard project as the above plan. It cuts through the site in order to show the different elements that are featured in the yard.

computer graphics

adobe photoshop


computer graphics

adobe illustrator

I can render plans quickly and effectively using Adobe 25m 50m Illustrator. 100m The above plan is from my design thesis project in which I designed a natural cemetery. This is a plan of the cemetery site which is set within a larger conservation area. I rendered several plans at various scales for effective communication of my project’s intent. Adobe Illustrator is a very good tool for inventory and analysis plans. Either with or without an underlying aerial image, I can create maps that are clear and informative.


adobe indesign Rooftop Greenhouse

In modern society, convenience is considered to be a right rather than a privilege. In most urban communities, the simple access to food is undervalued and taken for granted. The contrast between this typical lifestyle and the rural lifestyle associated with agriculture has generated the perception that agriculture is inappropriate in the city.

Agriculture has a strong presence in the City of Guelph. The Agri-food Research Institute, Ontario Agriculture College, and an active farming community provide support for an innovative neighbourhood based around agri-food research. Opportunities within the Guelph Innovation District to integrate elements of food production with everyday life will challenge the conventional model and cultivate a complete live, work, eat experience.

Rooftop Garden with Espalier

Rooftop Garden

Community Garden

Community Garden

Semi-Private Garden

Public Realm - Edible Landscape

Urban Agriculture-Production Options

-Fruit Trees -Edible Seasonal Plants -Berries

INTEGRATION CULTIVATION

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-Embrace existing agricultural roots

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-Foster an educational and research foundation

The streetscapes operate on a human scale. Medians, bicycle lanes, parking lanes, and boulevard plantings slow down the traffic and create a pedestrian friendly experience.

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-Preserve natural and cultural heritage features

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-Integrate urban agriculture and productive landscapes

AGRI-FOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD

-Act as a model for further innovative agri-food districts

Green Houses

Edible Land

Ag Land

Rooftop Gardens

Community Gardens

Food Production Layer Agri-food Node

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Restaurants

Community Concept

Physical Elements - Consistent building style - Narrow streets - Planted boulevards

Markets

Scale 1:10 000

Transit Centre The railroad tracks can accomodate passenger trains to connect the site to the rest of the city. A parking garage set into the cliff acts as a transition between street level and the transit station.

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Food Distribution Layer

DENSITY

High Density Hub

Existing Commercial

Medium Density Live-Work

Maintained Parks

GUELPH INNOVATION DISTRICT DENSITY REQUIREMENTS

Medium Density Research-Institutional

Ecological Corridor

Urban Agriculture

Water Systems

-5000 people -10 000 jobs -341 ha

Transit Centre Bridge

Green Space Layer

Create Employment Opportunities -Research institutions -Agri-food industry -Live-work environment -Culinary school -Grocery stores -Retail services

AGRI-FOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD DENSITY CALCULATIONS

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Land Use Characteristics -High density development -Mixed use development -24 hour community -Zoning flexibility

Podium style residences atop commerical spaces create a live-work dynamic localizing amenity opportunities. Commerical frontage faces the street while the residences back onto communal green space.

This institutional node offers a location for a culinary school and food research programs. The building provides the opportunity to integrate the school with an on-site restaurant and fresh food market. The adjacent orchard and farm fields supply these entities with on-site produce. This creates closely linked relationships between the many food sectors of production, processing and distribution.

Food Processing Layer

Community Design Principles

Live-Work Residence

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VISION

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Building Type

Number of Units

Live-Work 3 Storey Podium 8 Storey Podium

120 units 48 units 252 units

Total units

420 units

Population (2.5ppl/unit)

1050 people

Approx area of Agri-Food Neighbourhood 15 ha

Agriculture Maintained Parks Ecological Corridor

Residential Layer

Urban Framework Pedestrian Oriented Design -Walkability -Transit connections -Essential living services -Lifestyle amenities

Agri-Food Neighbourhood Commercial Layer

Sustainability -Preservation of natural and cultural features -Ecological corridor -Energy efficiency -District energy -Agri-food innovation

Agri-Food Neighbourhood

Residential

Urban Agriculture

Commercial

Ecological Corridor

Research / Institutional

Roadways

Parks / Community Gardens

Train Tracks

Scale 1:2000

This student project was set within the “innovation district” in Guelph, ON and was more of a planning excercice. My group decided to create urban agriculture as the focus of the “innovation district”. We integrated several types of agriculture production, research, education and distribution within a mixed-use community. One of the tasks I had was to create the panel layout in Adobe InDesign.


Disturbed area: 23.35 ha Elevation of groundwater table: 387 m Existing water body and stock pile graphic locations taken from updated photograph

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MEADOW

WETLAND

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This project was created for the student design competition put on by the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. My team won the first place prize. The task was to come up with a progressive rehabilitation plan for an aggregate pit. Our phasing stragey illustrates the plan for implementing the design concurrently with aggregate extraction. A long list of elements from the OSSGA that needed to be shown on the panels meant that this project was also an exercise in following directions and including compulsory items.

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PHASES

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Vista Nodes

Direction of Drainage

Contours

Camp Facility

Wetland

Mixed Forest

Meadow

Water Body

Trail System

Internal Roads

Property Line

Extraction Boundary

Abandoned Railroad / TCT

Entrance to Site

Organic Vegetable Garden

Work Shops

Horse Stable and Pasture

Raised Viewpoints

Parking Lot

Amphitheater

Main Lodge

Composting Toilets

Sports Fields

Earth Cabins - Lodging

Beach Area - Fishing, Swimming, Canoeing

Significant View *See Figure 1

Direction of Drainage

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SCALE 1:5000

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ZONED AGRICULTURAL

POST AND WIRE FENCE

209.441m

ZONED AGRICULTURAL

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669.340m

98.655m

30.480m

507.706m

EQUIPMENT AND STOCKPILES

507.748m

SCALE 1:5000

POST AND WIRE FENCE

ZONED AGRICULTURAL

128.106m

ZONED AGRICULTURAL

375.818m

ZONED AGRICULTURAL

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AND THAT WE SUBCONSCIOUSLY SEEK THIS CONNECTION...

SUGGESTS THAT THERE IS AN INHERENT BOND BETWEEN MAN AND NATURE

THE BIOPHILIA HYPOTHESIS

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FREE FLOATING

SUBMERGENT

WETLAND SECTION

Meadow

Proposed Structures

Raised Viewpoints

Extraction Area

Location of Equipment and Aggregate Stock Piles

Internal Roads

Direction of Overburden Relocation

Open Water Body

Wetland

Camp Facility

NOTES

30-80 centimeters tall 0-30 centimeters tall 50-120 centimeters tall 90-150 centimeters tall 10-80 centimeters tall NOTES 30-60 centimeters 12-42 centimeters tall 0-200 centimeters tall 0-100 centimeters tall 10-20 centimeters tall 0-88 centimeters tall 0-70 centimeters tall 0-65 centimeters tall 0-30 centimeters tall 60-140 centimeters tall 30-75 centimeters tall

COMMON NAME American Beachgrass Big bluestem Whorled milkweed Marsh reedgrass Reedgrass Sedge Hop sedge Poverty oat-grass American karycarpus Canada wild rye Red fescue COMMON NAME Maidenhair fern Hart's-toungue fern Lady fern Sweet fern Fragile fern Goldie's woodfern Evergreen wood fern Marginal wood fern Oak fern Royal fern Christmas fern COMMON NAME Canada waterweed Mosquito fern Broad waterweed Hick's quillwort Star duckweed American shore grass Yellow pond lily Yellow cowlily Magnolia water-lily Slender pondweed Threadleaf pondweed Cattail Bladderwort

NOTES 5-10 meters tall 1-6 meters tall 1-2 meters tall 3-4.5 meters tall 0-100 centimeters tall 30-130 centimeters tall 0.9-9 meters tall 0-200 centimeters tall 1-4 meters tall 0.9-3.6 meters tall

COMMON NAME Running serviceberry Red-osier dogwood Burning bush Witchhazel Common juniper Bush cinquefoil Velvet sumac Smooth blackberry Littletree willow American elder

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0.0-2.5 meters tall 20-50 centimeters tall 50-150 centimeters tall

NOTES 15-25 meters tall 18-27 meters tall 10-12 meters tall 6-30 meters tall 4-8 meters tall 15-35 meters tall 8-10 meters tall 15-25 meters tall 15-20 meters tall 18-25 meters tall 9-16 meters tall

EMERGENT

Trees LATIN NAME Abies balsamea Acer rubrum Amelanchier arborea Betula papyrifera Cercis canadensis Gleditsia tricanthos inermis Juniperus virginiana Larix larcina Pinus banksiana Quercus rubra Thuja occidentalis Shrubs LATIN NAME Amelanchier intermedia Cornus stolonifera Euonymus atropurpurea Hamamelis virginiana Juniperus communis Potentilla fruticosa Rhus typhina Rubus canadensis Salix arbusculoides Sambucus nigra ssp. Canadensis Grasses LATIN NAME Ammophila breviligulata Andropogon geradii Asclepias quarifolia Calamagrostis canadensis Calamagrostis lapponica Carex albursina Carex lupulina Danthonia spicata Diarrhena obovata Elymus canadensis Festuca rubra Ferns LATIN NAME Adiantum pedatum Asplenium scolopendrium Athyrium filix Comptonia peregrina Cystopteris fragilis Dryopteris goldiana Dryopteris intermedia Dryopteris marginalis Gymnocarpium dryopteris Osmunda regalis var. specabilis Polystichum acrostichoides Aquatics LATIN NAME Anacharis canadensis Azolla caroliniana Elodea canadensis Isoetes hickeyi Lemna trisulca Littorella americana Nuphar advena Nuphar variegata Nymphaea odorata tuberosa Potomogeton berchtoldii Stuckenia filiformis Typha latifolia Utricularia vulgaris

COMMON NAME Balsam fir Red Maple Common serviceberry Paper birch Redbud Honey locust Red cedar Tamarack Jack Pine Red oak White cedar

Proposed Plant Species for Rehabilitation

• Elevation of Groundwater Table: 387 m • Final Extraction to be no deeper than 15.25 m below water level • Area to be extracted: 98.26 ha

GENERAL NOTES

Plant the experiences and knowledge of nature and sustainable living in urban dwelling visitors.

Heal the wounds of excavation that left an ecological footprint on the land.

CONCEPT

Planting the Seed, Healing the Footprint

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Earthen amphitheater becomes a central rendez-vous and entertainment location.

... Discover the outdoors!

Trail systems allow users to experience all the ecosystems without interfering with the natural progression.

Vista nodes provide scenic views of the entire area.

• East Haul road to be rehabilitated and to remain intact for emergency and maintenance vehicles only. • West entrance and road to be used as main entrance/ exit for visitors. • Slopes within excavation faces and pit floor will be established no steeper than 1:5 to allow for maximum growth in plant species and animal habitats. • Anticipated elevation of groundwater table: 387 m

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Planting the Seed, Healing the Footprint

POSITIVE EXPERIENCES WITH NATURE CREATE APPRECIATION AND AN ASPIRATION FOR CONSERVATION

BY RESTORING THE SITE AND PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HUMAN/NATURE BONDING , THE QUALITY OF LIFE IS IMPROVED FOR THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

Earth cabins create unique environmentally friendly lodging.

Eco-buildings Permeable parking lot with bio-swales Green roofs Solar panels Composting toilets Vegetable garden

ECO-FRIENDLY COMPONENTS • • • • • •

• Recreational activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, horse back riding, hiking and biking. • Workshops and retreats for children, youth and adults. • Multi-purpose buildings • Overnight opportunities • Trail systems to fully experience different ecosystems. • Connection to the Bruce and Cataract trails. • Horse stables and pastures

PROGRAMMING

Create a camp facility that integrates programming with the surrounding natural environment. Restore the area to a complete and functioning ecological system to be valued by the visitors through non-invasive uses. Offer educational and recreational opportunities to allow the visitors to learn about and appreciate the natural setting. Propose a variety of workshops such as construction of haybale houses and the varied uses of aggregates ranging from makeup to the streets we walk on.

PROPOSAL

SITE CROSS SECTION - Showing raised viewpoints with built vista towers. * Vertical scale is doubled to emphasize topography

PLANT ECOLOGICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY

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ZONED RESIDENTIAL

Contours * Refer to ER-EXFEA.dwg (92596) 11/10/93

Disturbed Hectarage

Rehabilitated Topsoil

Buildings

Wetland

Water Body

Aggregate Stock Piles

Mixed Forest

Internal Haul Roads

Abandoned Railroad/ TCT

Excavation Limit

120m Boundary Line

Property Line

Entrance to Site

ZONED AGRICULTURAL

163.047m

(FIGURE 1)

36.24m

Planting the Seed, Healing the Footprint

FINAL REHABILITATION

UNDERWATER HABITAT HABITATS ISLAND Proposed wetlands are valuable for cleaning and recharging water bodies, reducing the risk of flood and providing habitat for fish and animals. Aside from the aesthetic benefits, wetlands also provide recreational and educational opportunities. MIXED FOREST

PROGRESSION OF ECOSYSTEMS

• Overburden from phases 3 and 4 used to construct raised lookout points.

• Trail system to be constructed following the rehabilitation of each corresponding phase according to the rehabilitation plan .

• After establishment of plant material in phase 1, footings of buildings in camp area to be constructed, and infrastructure layout to commence.

• Indicated wetland areas to be hand planted with plugs from nearby wetland areas .

• Successional planting in planned mixed forest areas to commence immediately following the spreading of topsoil in each phase with seed and whips.

• No water to be diverted onto or off of site. Runoff to be directed into open water bodies.

• Organic material from natural areas around site to be introduced to water’s edge to promote wetland habitat.

• As shorelines are completed, boulders, logs and snake hibernacula to be introduced as habitat for settling fauna and aquatic life.

• Shorelines to be shaped in an undulating fashion.

• Overburden on site and from local sources to be used to create the slopes and shape the shoreline of each pond.

• Berms to be created around operating equipment to reduce noise pollution. This material to be utilized in rehabilitation as soon as possible.

• Overburden and topsoil removed for extraction to be used in corresponding phase to limit stockpiling, to minimize amount of transportation and to ensure live soils for rehabilitation.

• Extraction below the water table to be performed in locations designated as open water as indicated by the rehabilitation plan.

• Stockpiles of aggregates and extraction equipment to remain in the current central location of the site throughout the extraction process.

• Roads no longer in use from past phases to be decompacted and rehabilitated for planting or other uses.

• The main internal haul road through the east of the site to remain for transportation of aggregate resources.

• Resource removal to be conducted in a counter clockwise direction beginning from the present extraction location.

PHASING IMPLEMENTATION

Provide a variety of experiences through different ecosystem types. These include woodland, meadows, island habitats, wetland, and open water.

NATURE CREATES DIFFERENT EMOTIONAL RESPONSES BASED ON SETTING.

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Total excavation area: 98.26 ha

The James Dick Aggregate Pit is located within close proximity of numerous urban centres in Southern Ontario.

PROXIMITY

Site is within Lots 14 & 15 Concession 11 Erin Township in Wellington County. Total licenced area: 135.90 ha

GENERAL NOTES

PROGRESSIVE REHABILITATION

250 Nautical Blvd. Oakville, ON L6L 0B9 (905) 825-3332 hyoung@uoguelph.ca

HART YOUNG

2A 45 Cork St. E Guelph, ON N1H 2W7 (519) 994-3098 awilso09@uoguelph.ca

ALEXANDRE WILSON

126 B Dublin St. Guelph, ON N1H 4N4 (780) 913-7117 kulmer@uoguelph.ca

KATHRYN ULMER

Major Roads

Urban Centers

James Dick Aggregate Site

Urban Centers Within 60km Radius

CONTEXT MAP

823.110m

POST AND WIRE FENCE

AS A RESULT OF URBAN SPRAWL AND REDUCTION OF NATURALIZED AREAS. LACK OF CONTACT WITH NATURE HAS BEEN LINKED TO BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS.

A GROWING PROBLEM IN URBAN CENTERS IS A LACK OF INTERACTION BETWEEN MAN AND NATURE

NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER

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Embark on a journey...

27.430m

POST AND WIRE FENCE 919.975m

EXISTING CONDITIONS

student design competition

Winning Submission

The design solution that my team proposed was a camp facility for children, youth and adults. The focus of the camp is fusing nature and human interactions to preserve the landscape while creating an appreciation of nature with the campers. This is done by promoting non-intrusive recreation and workshop opportunities.


conferences & workshops

Winterfest Design Charette 2010 - University of Guelph Mike Lin 2-day Drawing Workshop 2010 - University of Guelph

before

after

LABash 2009 - Penn State University LABash 2008 - University of Guelph ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo 2007 - San Francisco

conferences

Simbiosis Neighbourhood Project 2010 - Managua, Nicaragua


sacred earth:

Religion And Its Affects On The Environment An Honor’s Thesis By Kathryn Ulmer

My undergraduate thesis paper analysed how the beliefs and customs of the major religions have had an affect on the environment, either for good or for ill. Some of the areas I explored were belief in God(s), time-line, and attitude towards animals and land. My purpose was not to place judgement on any religion, but rather to find good practices. Through the research for this paper, I gained a broad understanding of how the decisions and actions of people have shaped the earth and the importance of entire societies acting together for change.

Sacred Earth: Religion and its Affects on the Environment

Abstract Belief systems shape how a society functions, what it values, and the actions that its citizens take. Currently, the global community is using the environment and its resources at a rate, and in such a way that is unsustainable. To ensure our continued existence, humans will need to change their belief systems to incorporate environmental considerations in their actions. Religion can greatly affect the belief systems of cultures and societies – their principles, decisions, and actions. I will explore how different religions and their customs, practices, and ideologies affect how their followers treat the environment. Through this I hope to discover interpretations, ideals, and examples of means by which religions are promoting environmental stewardship. Good practices can create templates BLA University of Guelph

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to be promoted and merged within religious groups. Rather than convincing people to change their ideologies, we can find ways to incorporate environmental considerations into their current belief systems.

thesis

written thesis


art

pencil & charcoal drawing

These are drawings from art classes I have taken. They focus on exercises such as void space, attention to detail, fabric & texture, depth, composition, and scale. Learning to draw with different techniques helps with my overall design abilities and is fun!


art

photography

I find photography an exemplary way to capture moments, colours and scenes. I can share my personal perspective of the world with others. The wonderful thing about being able to take multiple pictures is that I can be experimetal with composition until I find the desired effect.


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