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Jamie Whitney is a landscape design professional that strives to

create diverse, integrated, and dynamic spaces that improve the quality of life, incorporating principles of sustainability. His life path has followed a trajectory that combines art, design, community, and ecology. Finding inspiration from nature, Jamie’s designs mimick patterns and processes that are in balance with the whole ecosystem. These designs seek to understand the role humans play in nature and how people interact through space and time.

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” — Aldo Leopold

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY


PORTLAND HIGH SPEED RAIL DISTRICT

FERNDALE COMMUNITY PARK

Urban Transportation Planning and Design

Neighborhood Park Design

LENTS ECODISTRICT

MENDOCINO WOODLANDS STATE PARK

Community Planning & Design

SAIF CORPORATION COURTYARD Technical Construction Document Design

Cultural Landscape Inventory and Design

ACTIVATING THE ECOTONE Rural Residential Ecosystem Design

WILLAMETTE STREET REVITALIZATION

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

Streetscape Analysis and Urban Park Design

Nature Explorations from Bolivia to Canada

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ECOLOGICAL CENTER

Ecological Restoration and Education Design

TABLE OF CONTENTS


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Station Hub MAX Line Street Bike/Pedestrian Path US Highway 30 Interstate Highway 205

Schematic Plan: The Portland-Columbia High Speed Rail District

PORTLAND-COLUMBIA HIGH SPEED RAIL DISTRICT Urban Transportation Planning & Design

MEDIA: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, SketchUp, and Colored Pencil


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Figure-Ground Study: Existing Site Analysis

Concept Diagram: Proposed Design Strategy

Station Facility Commercial

Section of Station: Massing Study and Zoning Designation

The Portland-Columbia High Speed Rail District area was identiďŹ ed using urban planning methods to analyze potential site locations in NE Portland. Following a detailed assessment of the site, the landscape was designed to provide a HSR station with supporting urban infrastructure. This design integrates a balanced system with social connection, economical stimulus, and ecological restoration by incorporating public transit, commerce, green space, and eco-Industry.

Office / Business Parking Garage


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Infiltrating the Other Stitching the Grey and Green

Perspective: Headwaters Park

Stormwater Catchment System

Deflecting the Flow

Perspective:

Stormwater Bioswale Channel at a Deflection Node

Focal Area: Eco-Industrial Park Design

Local, Sustainable Community Center

LENTS ECODISTRICT Community Planning & Design

MEDIA: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Technical Pen, and Colored Pencil


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Balancing Ecology, Economy, and Community Precipitation

Ecological Wastewater Treatment System

Roof

Riparian Habitat Floating Island

Reservoir

Sink

Log

Water Storage Basin: Collect and store rainwater

Diagrams: Stormwater Infiltration

Reuse rainwater for household facilities (sinks, toilets, showers,  Toilet A/C system, Laundry, etc.)

Anchored Habitat Structures

Rock/Gravel Channel Bed

Settlement Basin: Deposit and precipitation  of sludge

Section: Stream Channel

Habitat Restoration Technique

Bioplant (aerobic): Emergent plants absorb nutrients Bacteria decompose organic material Algae Basin: Assimilate nurishment and  CO2 from water Zooplankton Basin: Feeds on algae

Fish Basin: Feed on plankton Rush Bed: Root zone filters and repolishes  the water

Food Production

Landscape Irrigation: Plant filtration Infiltration of subsoil water Resupply ground water aquifer

Urban Agriculture

Fish Basin

Bioplant Basins

Algae Cylinders

Ecological Wastewater Treatment Greenhouse

Trail

Drainage Channel

Cistern

Max Light Rail

Living Wall Buffer

I-205 Highway

Section: Stormwater Storage and Biofiltration System from highway to urban agriculture

Collecting, Purifying, and Reusing Water  through an Ecological Wastewater Treatment System  (Illustrated By Whitney, J., 2010)

This urban design integrates and celebrates the interconnection between the ecology, the economy, and the community of the proposed Lents EcoDistrict, in Portland, OR. This strategy intends to recycle all nutrients, conserve natural resources, connect wildlife and human corridors, promote local business, encourage non-fossil fuel transportation, and encourage diversity (cultural/biological).


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SCHEMATIC DESIGN

Schematic Plan:

SAIF Corporation Courtyard Design

Plan/Section: SAIF Courtyard Steps and Swale Drainage System

SAIF CORPORATION COURTYARD Technical Construction Document Design MEDIA: AutoCAD, InDesign, Technical Pen, and Marker


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CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Design Details: ADA Ramp/Planters and Stairs

Planting Plan: SAIF Courtyard

This tech studio project simulated the experience of a professional ofďŹ ce, working in teams to conduct a comprehensive design proposal, following through the phases of schematic design, design develepment, and construction document. The ďŹ nal presentation entailed a 25-page construction document set, including layout, grading, planting, lighting, and details.


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The Backbone of Eugene Willamette Street is disjointed, lacks continuity, and prevents the free flow of traffic. A spinal column illustrates a major circulatory system and axis that connects the north and south ends of the city.

Diagram: Spinal Analogy of Existing Condition Crown Shakra

Brow Chakra

Point dealing with sight, hearing, and clarity. If blocked detachment results.

Throat Chakra

Point relating to communication and expression. If blocked, a lack of communication results.

Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4 Zone 5 Zone 6

Heart Chakra

Point relating to circulation. If blocked instability and lack of circulation results.

Zone 7

Land Use Map  

Zone 8

     

Zone 9

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Point relting to the brain and mental activity

and universal connectiveness. If blocked confusion results.

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Zone 10

 

Zone 11

Solar Plexis

Point relating to metabolism and energy. If blocked lack of con idence and lower energy and metabolism result.

 

Zone 12

Sacral Chakra

Point relating to reproduction and relationships/family. If blocked lack of fertility and negative emotions or relationships result.

Zone 13

6’ Walk

Base/Root Chakra

Point relating to the earth and basic human potentiality. If blocked instability and insecurity result.

6’ Planter Strip

9’ Unmarked Parking

35’ Travel Way 61.5’ R.O.W.

5.5’ Walk

Plan/Section: Streetscape Site Analysis 6’ Walk

6’ Planter Strip

WILLAMETTE STREET REVITALIZATION Streetscape Analysis and Urban Park Design

MEDIA: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Technical Pen

9’ Unmarked Parking

35’ Travel Way 61.5’ R.O.W.

5.5’ Walk


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Eugene Central Plaza

Japanese Internship Memorial

Sustainably Designed Hotel

Rosa Parks Bus Station

Eugene Convention Center

The Hult Center

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Waterfall

Forest Lighting Sculpture

Hult Center Sign

Roof Garden

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64’ Sustainably designed Hotel / Eugene Convention Center

Plan/Section: Proposed Hult Center Strip Park The valley between the mountains

5’ Bike lane

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35’ Travel Way 57’ R.O.W.

3’ Bio- Bike swale lane

11’ Sidewalk

100’ Plaza Open Space 160’ Land Use

Commercial / Residential Building

Plan/Section: Proposed Eugene Central Plaza A mixed-use open public space

These urban park are designed to improve functionality, safety, connectivity, and flow. A series of congregation spaces integrate a pattern language along Willamette street. Public space and circulation are engaged and pedestrian, bicycles and motorized vehicles function more harmoniously.


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Schematic Design:

Lane Community College Ecological Center Watershed Restoration

Biological Corridor

Connecting WATER,, LAND,, and PEOPLE through an interdependent system

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ECOLOGICAL CENTER Ecological Restoration and Education Design MEDIA: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Oil Pastel, and Charcoal


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Section/Perspective: Wetland Wildlife Observatory Perspective: Constructed Wetland Ponds

Section/Elevation: Biological Bridge and Wildlife Culvert

The Lane Community College Ecological Center is a dynamic, integrated system that acknowledges the human role as a part of this ecosystem. This diverse landscape provides great potential as an educational tool, where students may learn about ecology through field research and direct participation in restoring ecosystems. This design restores connectivity, bridging the gap between nature and humanity.


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NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY

ECOLOGICAL CONNECTIVITY

FERNDALE COMMUNITY PARK Neighborhood Park Design

MEDIA: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Technical Pen, and Color Pencil

COMMUNITY HEALTH


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This proposed design for Ferndale Community Park represents an open space that allows for recreation and social engagement in a safe and healthy environment. Neighborhood Security, Ecological Connectivity, and Community Health are integrated into this design to address many public concerns regarding the health, safety, and well-being of the community.


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A Choreographed Journey of the Historical Inhabitats From the Wild Animals... To the Pomo Native People... To the European Settlers... To the Civilian Conservation Corp... To the Mendocino Woodlands State Park...

Mendocino Woodlands 1940

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Schematic Design:

Children’s Camp Historical Trail

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Cabin "Infirmary"

MEDIA: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Colored Pencil

Stream

Toilets & Showers Woodlands' Staff Housing Gate House

MENDOCINO WOODLANDS STATE PARK ASLA Student Award Honorable Mention

Foot Path

Toilets

Telephone

Cultural Landscape Interpretation & Design

Historical Representation of a ‘Period of Significance’

Dining Hall

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Road Parking Bridge

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Perspectives: Interactive Play Through Time and Space

WILDLIFE ECOLOGY

Simulating Habitat for Experiential Learning

RIVER CROSSING

Connecting the Void between the Trees

POMO NATIVE PEOPLE

The Fire Circle as Gathering Place

PARK DEVELOPMENT

Civilian Conservation Corp Camp

EUROPEAN SETTLERS

Integrating Play as landscape Restoration Maximizing Play and Minimizing Impact

HISTORICAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER Educating the Visitors of the Evolution of the Cultural Landscape

This design involved group collaboration to identify, document and evaluate the Mendocino Woodlands State Park, as a historic cultural landscape. An appropriate design was developed to re-envision this historic landscape in the 21st Century. This interactive landscape acknowledges and celebrates the evolution of the cultural landscape in a natural playscape.


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Diagram: Existing Condition Conceptual Diagrams: The Ecotone

Design Diagrams:

House Infiltration

Garden

STREAM Culvert

Overflow

Culture (Human)

Ecotone

POND

Ecology

Waterfall

Filtration

Oxygenation

Hay Field

(Wildlife)

A Juxtaposed Relationship

Waterfall

Daylight Groundwater

SPRING

Hydrology

Pond

Collector Well (Proposed)

Collector Well (Existing)

Logging Oak Woodland Fence

Diversify

Diagram: Existing Landuse Activate

Collector Well (Existing)

Site Boundary

Views & Vistas Surface Water Runoff

Forest Agriculture Logging

Dissolve the Barriers

Residential Pond Garden Ecotone Driveway

Circulation

ACTIVATING THE ECOTONE Rural Residential Ecosystem Design MEDIA: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Technical Pen, and Colored Pencil


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Tea House

Tree Fort

Oak Woodland Zip

Waterfall

Pond

1. Enhance ecological integrity and stability by restoring degraded ecosystems

Par Course

Oak Savanna

Tent Platforms

Floating Island

Hay Pasture Garden

DESIGN GOALS:

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Tea House

Wash Station

Collector Well

Tipi

Sweat Lodge

2. Create sensory-rich experiences, appealing to the aesthetic beauty of the landscape 3. Integrate human and wildlife habitat and migration patterns, Invigorating activity at the ecotone 4. Encourage recreation, education, and environmental stewardship, celebrating the cultural heritage and historic value of the landscape

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House Path

Par Course

Schematic Design:

Proposal for Sweeney Pond

Collector Well (Existing)

Driveway

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Overlook

Tea House

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Waterfall Terraced Swale

Dock

Floating Island

Bridge

Dock

Focus Area: Sweeney Pond

On a 9-acre rural residential homestead in Alsea, Oregon the ecotone is activated and the meeting place between culture and ecology merge. This design seeks to balance human and wildlife values through multi-functional space and sensory-rich experience. The barriers of Sweeney Pond dissolve into complex, integrated systems that celebrate diversity.

Collector Well


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Section/Elevation: Sweeney Pond from East to West

Section/Elevation: Sweeney Pond from South to North Section and Plan:

Terraced Vegetative Swale

Section/Elevation: Topography of House to Sweeney Pond

ACTIVATING THE ECOTONE Rural Residential Ecosystem Design MEDIA: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Technical Pen, and Colored Pencil


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Schematic Planting Design: Sweeney Pond

Perspective: Human Recreation and Wildlife Habitat Integrated

Perspective: Youth Camp and Oak Savanna

This design invigorates the ecotone by integrating human and wildlife habitat. Sweeney Pond will provide an aquatic environment for recreation, education, research, and ecological remediation. These principles of sustainability may be adapted to multiple scales and compositions for rural and urban landscapes, acting as a precedent to change the world, one landscape at a time.


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Mt. Tamalpais, California

Silver Falls, Oregon

Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY Nature Explorations from Bolivia to Canada

Salares de Uyuni, Bolivia


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Rattlesnake in Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Oregon

Miur Beach, California

Little Slocan Valley, British Columbia

Abandoned Nursery, California

From the Canadian wilderness to the jungles of South America, Jamie Whitney’s photography has captured the moment in landscape time from places of rare beauty. These images are a complex compilation that orchestrates the music with textures, shapes, forms, colors, shadows, and reections to depict the architecture of nature.


JAMIE WHITNEY Landscape Designer

(541) 653-9459 landarc.design@gmail.com

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