Kyle Wilson Urban Planning Portfolio 2018
Urban Planner firstname.lastname@example.org 513-502-8265 3223 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Oh 45220
Bachelor of Urban Planning (3.81 GPA) University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio University Honors Program (March 2015- Present) Cincinnatus Scholar (March 2015-Present) Ladislas and Velma Segoe Planning Scholar (March 2016)
University of Cincinnati Sustainability Advocate
Saint Xavier High School Cincinnati, Ohio (June 2015) College Preparatory Diploma (4.0 GPA) National Honors Society (October 2013- May 2015) National Merit Commended Scholar (November 2014)
University of Cincinnati Renovations Co-Op (January 2017May 2017, August-December 2017)
Aide to the Director of Community Development (May 2017-December 2017)
Executive Director of Clean up Cincy
Identifying areas of interest for the Director of Community Development to focus his efforts within the foreseeable future.
(January 2016-Present) Act as chief executive in the operations of Clean Up Cincy, making final decisions on organization goals and procedures Handled organizational interaction with outside media as well as the city commissioner's office.
Director of APA Communications for Planning Student Organization (May 2017- Present) Oversaw the university's chapter affiliation with the national APA board and planned student trip to the National Planning Conference in New Orleans.
(August 2016-Present) fixing bikes in the Bike Kitchen, maintaining the University garden, and overseeing all recycling for on campus events including athletics
Ensure on-campus projects go smoothly and are well documented. Build models in Revit and Autocad as well as perform site visits, complete paperwork, and project follow-up.
Vector Marketing (June 2015-September 2017) Achieved over $15,000 in career sales and was inducted into President's Club as Senior Advisor Recruited and trained several training classes in the role of Assistant Manager Ran my own office as a Branch Manager in Owensboro, Kentucky in charge of recruiting, hiring, training, paying, and firing my own team of sales representatives and receptionists.
Social Media Chair: School of Planning Recruitment Team (September 2015-Present) Worked with the Dean of the School of Planning to educate area students on Urban Planning Assisted in facilitating charettes with high school students and ran organization Facebook page
Lector and Altar Server at Church (December 2009-Present) Volunteered as both Altar Server and Lector at multiple churches and throughout Catholic School
Skills Computer Skills Advanced: Adobe Creative Suite, Google SketchUp, AutoCad Intermediate: ArcGis Software Basic: Revit Soft Skills: Public Speaking, Recruiting, Sales/Marketing, Writing
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Who Am I? I dream to make an impact. I consistently strive to leave positive impressions on the people around me, helping others in any way possible. I am passionate about being a good friend, family member, and peer. My choice to pursue a major in Urban Planning is a direct result of this ambition to always make a difference. I hope to graduate with a focus on sustainability which will allow me to spread this positive change around the world. Wanderlust has plagued me from a young age and this yearning to experience the world has brought me on many adventures across over a dozen countries, exposing me to so many varying ways of life. I am an avid reader and my interest in science fiction has always inspired me to plan for the future. There appears to be an overwhelming sense of pessimism in the literary community surrounding the impact our race is having on this planet. This negative view has inspired in me a desire to change the current trajectory. I strongly believe that we can better coexist with the world we inhabit and I look forward to being on the forefront of this shift towards greener living.
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My studio in the Spring of 2018 focused on regional planning, specifically the river corridor of rural communities to the East of Cincinnati from New Richmond to Ripley, Ohio. My group focused specifically on Ripley, and the first project was an inventory of the village. This site inventory looked at history, demographics, market overview, community resources, Land Use, and Transportation and mobility of Ripley residents. One of my greatest strengths as a planner lies in my ability to present information, especially as a story. I took the lead in researching Ripley's history, which culminated in the timeline to the left. Showing the population over time in coordination with the timeline further illustrated the significance of certain events throughout ripley's 220 years. The rest of the material on this page and the next communicate information regarding the demographics and market overview for Ripley. The graphics below show how many people commute in and out of Ripley for work and where those who leave drive to for jobs. The information was found using OntheMap.
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To put the demographic information into perspective we compared the data to 3 villages of similar size that also resided along the Ohio river within 50 miles of a major city. This allowed us to draw many parallels, but also to notice where Ripley stood out, such as with age, where Ripley has a much higher median age. We also looked at the prominent industries of the work force. Much of this data came from the 2010 Census using American Factfinder and Social Explorer.
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My first and second Co-Op experiences were with the Planning + Design + Construction Department at the University of Cincinnati. I worked specifically with the Office of Renovations to aid in on campus construction projects of less than $2 million. This involved a great deal of autocad modeling for programs of room renovations, Revit modeling of existing campus buildings, and assisting architects in the bidding process. The autocad samples on this page are an unused library with a loft being redesigned into a classroom (Top) and an outdated office space being renovated for new use (Bottom).
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This page presents samples of Revit work done throughout my CoOp. The project on the left is an expansion project for the Veterinarian Technician building on UC's Blue Ash campus.I first drew the expansion in autocad, then modeled the existing Vet Tech building before adding on the expansion. The renderings below were for a lab renovation proposal for the University College of Health.
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While Co-Oping with Planning + Design + Construction, I often did work outside the purview of my renovation tasks. In this case, I designed a shed landscape for the Office of Sustainability. The project started with a relatively open 900 square foot site that was home to a large, mature White Pine tree. The vision was that the site would include a 10'x 12' shed to house the Office's recycling push carts, as well as a paverstone patio area for entry and egress of these carts. The landscaping played an important role in ensuring that the space contributed positively to the campus' built environment, rather than detracting from it with a faceless shed. All of the species chosen were from a plant inventory I put together of native, perennial plants, with an emphasis on edible plants. The plants also attempted to complement the existing white pine.
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Clermont College One Stop
The Student Service Center at UC's Clermont College branch was going through a major renovation and I assisted the interior designer in creating sketchup models of these plans working with the precedent of Cincinnati's main campus library, Langsam, which had recently undergone renovations. Below were the possible floor design patterns for the space and the final one ended up being selected for the final program of the project.
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In the summer of 2017 I took on the task of writing a Strategic Plan for the University of Cincinnati's new Director of Community Development. The following spreads display samples of my research and writing of the plan. In completing this project, I researched the history of UC's Community Development involvement and catalogued the departments achievements. I then looked at the most recent community plans for those neighborhoods surrounding the University and took input from stakeholders of these communities, as well as students. Finally, I performed case studies of other Institutions similar to the University of Cincinnati in order to introduce new ideas in community development. This research culminated in a chart of recommendations for the Director of Community Development to focus his time for next 5+ years.
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Camp Washington In Fall 2016 our studio was given the task of creating a Green Master Plan for the neighborhood of Camp Washington. This process included the creation of a site inventory, site analysis including exploration of precedents for development of similar neighborhoods, and finally a group and individual plan for development of the site.
The Site plan on the left is our group's ambitious plan for redevelopment of the 290 acre neighborhood. The plan involved transition of an alley (Jessamine) into a lively pedestrian roadway with the addition of single family homes sitting on top of small vendor style retail on the alley's current vacant lots. The more grandiose aspect of the plan was construction of a landbridge over the existing railroad tracks that take up 53% of the neighborhood. The project was inspired by the Hudson Yards development project in New York City and sought to give residents of the neighborhood more green space and mixed use opportunity. I created the sketch-up Models below to help envision the two focus areas of our project proposal.
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Following presentation of our group project proposal, we went on to create a personal vision that elaborated on that created with our partners. This page contains aspects of my personal proposal. Main features of my proposal included relocation of a current kennel to a more visible street front location that would encourage walk-in adoptions, as well as revitilization of dilapidated mixed use development, expansion of a gas station to include bike shop and coffee parlor, and finally alteration of vacant space to more welcoming green space, including a large splash park, dog park, and 53 raised bed urban garden.
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Contour Mapping/ Modeling In Fall 2016, our studio was tasked with interpreting an abstract piece of art as a physical landscape. I was given the piece below which is Morton Livingston Schamberg's "Geometric Patterns". My process disecting this painting is shown to the right.
In this study I analyzed the Initial Shapes of the painting and found those that stood out to me. I also was intrigued by how "imaginary lines" seemed to effect the way I saw shapes.
I chose Zone 2 because I especialy like the shape on the left that I have originally depicted as curving up like a spiral staircase. I also could really begin to see a lake and wilderness scene in this section, which appealed to me.
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My shade study really focused on how shade influenced my perception of the painting and really helped me see where the "imaginary lines" from the last step greatly affected the shading of the shapes.
This exercise focused on my isolation zone and started to eliminate shapes that I found irrelevant as well as adjusting the frame of the view so that the focus was more on my preferred elements.
In my efforts to find a focused zone for my painting I broke it up into 4 different isolation zones. Zones 3 and 4 were both too small for me to really work with on a larger scale and zone 1 didn't include enough of the significant shapes for that area of the painting.
In this exercise I attempt to convey how I am imagining this landscape in order to establish precedence for my contour model.
This final study looked at the shapes as a connected landscape in an attempt to determine how this landscape evolved over time. This study helped me to discern the lake's origins in glaciation.
Contour Mapping/ Modeling This is my final 24x24 isolation zone of the painting. Using this zone I was able to generate the contour map shown below. Once that map was complete, the model depicted in the images to the right was created using foam core cut by an e-xacto Knife.
After being cut out the pieces were held together by glue and paint was applied over-top for the finishing touches.
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Ludlow Gaslight District The first studio my freshman year focused on an area not far from the University of Cincinnati called the Ludlow Gaslight District. We walked the neighborhood and used hand renderings to analyze different aspects of the neighborhood, gaining a valuable understanding of how these aspects work together and make the neighborhood the vibrant community that it is. Below are several of my studies including some sketches of prominent buildings in the neighborhood and several figure grounds of the neighborhood itself which really depict how the buildings themselves interact with the street that they are on.
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Ludlow Gaslight District Our final project for the analysis of the Ludlow Gaslight District was the below collage of several different aspects which really hit at the essence of the neighborhood. I chose to include a lot of the ornamentation that is unique to the district as well as a couple of the most prominent buildings in the neighborhood. The sections really focus on how the buildings interact with the street through large sidewalks and the figure ground really looks at footprint of the area.
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Kyle Wilson Email: email@example.com
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