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Laura Rennekamp


Laura Rennekamp (a) 452 Parker Ave Philadelphia Pa, 19128 (c) 803.608.4511 (e) laurarennekamp@gmail.com


Table of Contents

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The Device

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Saul High school

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Campus Emulsion

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Common Tie

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Incubate

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Earth Play

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Woodland Residential

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Reading Viaduct

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Steinberg Dietrich Entry Plaza

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Seismic Bench


Copper wire used to connect and space metal layers Punctured aluminum ashing

Overlapping copper with punctures to enable water to travel through layer Steel tubing with steel conduits

Path of rain drops

The Device, composed of a variety of metals, reacts to and gives insight to the moisture content of the site over time, by creating patterns of rust. The use of metals also enables the device to not only be changed by the site but changes the site as well.

The Device Fall 2006

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Copper layer overlapped to enable rust to develop over a longer period of time

View looking through the copper layers


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Process

Master plan

Project: To develop a campus master plan for Saul High school using an abstract process. The process consisted of a series of line drawings transformed into 3-dimensional space. The 3-dimentional space created by the lines is then developed into the new building for the school. The ďŹ nal scheme uses a series of buildings that correlate the building program with the extended landscape. Between the buildings are a series of connected water features or best management practices used to mitigate stormwater on site and create a pedestrian friendly atmosphere.

Saul High school Philadelphia, Pa Fall 2007


Detail plan

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Section through water feature

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( Sagittaria latifolia )

( Lobelia cardinalis )

( Impatiens capensis )

( Monarda fistulosa )

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ZONE 1: SUBMERGENT ZONE - WATER 3 - 5 FT DEEP PLANTS

ZONE 2: EMERGENT ZONE - WATER 0 -18 IN DEEP PLANTS

ZONE 3: WET MEADOW ZONE - PERMANENT MOISTURE PLANTS

ZONE 4: FLOOD PLANE - FLOODING DURING LARGE STORMS PLANTS

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Program Segregation

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Campus Emulsion Spring 2008

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Campus Emulsion unifies Philadelphia University’s campus by creating a system of buildings and landscapes that act as an emulsion in which the landscape holds the buildings suspended in space. The goal is to encourage interdisciplinary design and learning through integrated student workspace. The design also focuses on integrating the built environment with the natural ecology by creating a building placed partially underground to allow free flow of water over and through the building where it will be used in a grey water system. Access water then cascades over a series of balconies that filter the water and release it back into the landscape.


Master plan


View looking down the crowded amphitheater at the movie projected on the drop down movie screen.

The Common Tie is a commercial, pedestrian corridor located just north of center city Philadelphia, within the museum district. The site’s history dates back to the 1800’s. To the time of the Reading Railroad which passed through the large depressed corridor in the center of the site. This project transformed the corridor into a commercial streetscape and is an extension of Philadelphia’s museum district.

The Common Tie Urban Park Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fall 2009


Section A: East/ West

Section B: East/ West

View looking at infrastructure from southwest entry staircase.

Section C: North / South through amphitheater

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Neighborhood Connections Churches Places to buy food Vacant areas (opportunities for expansion) 1/4 mile radius around each point Public transportation

Incubate Farmers Market Competition: Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), 2009 Collaboration: Grace Herman, Anders Boodey Spring 2009


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Incubate is a exible, interactive venue for Brewerytown. The market acts as an incubator that accelerates social, economic and ecological revitalization. Socially the program is exible to accommodate the constant changes and growth of the local economy and community.

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Ecologically, the architecture of the market adapts to the environment by opening and closing. Economically, Incubate encourages local business, and spending by offering spaces for new business and classes. The market is as an incubator, designed to accelerate regeneration.


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View of Incubator Farmers Market from the corner of 29th and Girard with architecture partially open.

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Planting Plan

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Earth Play explores natural play through creating wilderness areas where children have the ability to invent their own form of play. The program includes an orchard and planting beds to teach kids to grow their own food. The landscape provides a hands on learning experience that connects the school program with the community through circulation and visual display.

Earth Play Cook Wissahickon Elementary School Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fall 2009

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This project also involved a series of design charettes where the kids helped design the fence that would act as a gateway to their community. In addition to the master planning the class was asked to complete a set of construction documents.


Fence Detail

Master Plan

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Existing Conditions

Woodland Residential is an exercise in designing within to meet strict impervious cover requirements while handling stormwater on site.

Conceptual Plan

Woodland Residential Residential Entrance Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fall 2009

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Existing Impervious Cover Area

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Back Walkway................................. Back door Patio............................... Concrete Patio................................ House.............................................. Deck................................................ Steps................................................ Boulder Wall (east).......................... Boulder Wall (west)......................... Triangle wall................................... Shared Drive (off property)............. Shared Drive (on property)............. Neighbors Drive.............................. Residents Drive...............................

162.1289 42.8612 52.6673 1737.818 486.5539 40.9 47.3363 49.0521 13.3606 1907 745 589 1175

0.67% 0.17% 0.20% 7.20% 2.00% 0.16% 0.19% 0.20% 0.05% 7.90% 3.10% 2.40% 4.90%

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Proposed Impervious Cover Area

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Additional Impervious Granted..... Removal of Concrete Patio........... Removal of Back door Patio........... Removal of Back Walkway............

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% Impervious 0.45% 0.20% 0.17% 0.67%

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The proposed entrance design with two gathering spaces is within the Impervious and slope limits of the site.

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Reading Viaduct Thesis/ Capstone Project Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

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Site location map

Enlarged site Location map of focus area

Reading Viaduct - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Built in the 1890s, the Viaduct is a combination of earthworked embankments, bridged steel structures and arched masonry bridges, that used to run commuter trains to the Reading Head-house (terminal at 12th and Market Street) now currently known as the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Service on the Viaduct was discontinued in 1984, when the Center City commuter tunnel was opened. Today the Viaduct’s four commuter tracks have been overtaken by grasses and trees. The Reading Viaduct is the perfect opportunity to encourage sustainable transportation. I propose the adaptive reuse of the Reading Viaduct infrastructure to encourage just that. “The Philadelphia Viaduct” is a linear park that focuses on connections, using a dual path system that accommodates pedestrians and cyclists. The journey begins in the outskirts of the city, follows the old rail lines as they slip through several North Philadelphia neighborhoods to arrive in the heart of the city.

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Precedence The Highline of New York and the Promenade Plantee of Paris provide visitors with a unique perspective of each of the cities. These public spaces provide occupiable space designed specifically for pedestrians and create a second tier of social interaction that link neighborhoods and park spaces together to strengthen community bonds between adjacent neighborhoods. The elevated walks provides an aerial nature walk complete with courtyards and trellised arbors. But the life of the promenade is not limited to the surface; the Promenade utilizes its arches to accommodate studio and workshop space for local artists and craftsmen, many of whom can be seen working from the street. These artists and craftsmen have brought a traditional vibrancy to this post industrial landscape. Landscapes built from old industrial relics provide a new innovational space that urges the user to reevaluate their historical landscape. Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park and Emscher Park located in the Ruhr Valley are known for their innovative strategies for revitalization of brownfield sites. These parks have given designers a new way to visualize what was once considered waste land. Emscher Park is the largest urban regeneration project in the world and has proven to be immensely valuable to the field of landscape architecture. Duisburg-Nord captures the character of the existing postindustrial landscape and enhances it while converting it into occupiable spaces that foster a variety of recreational and educational activities. Duisburg-Nord is also efficiently designed in terms of ecological processes.


Site Character These photos illustrate the character and essence of the existing Viaduct structure and landscape and act as a guideline for what I intended the proposed park to embody. The goal in this project is not to “change” the site and make it shiny and new. But rather to capture the essence of the site, embody it and make it functional. The Reading Viaduct is to be an asset for the daily cyclists, commuters, dog walkers, joggers, and pedestrians. It’s a place that local residents can come together, it’s a place to be.

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What sets the Reading Viaduct apart from other linear parks such as the Highline and Promenade Plantee is the change in form through out this stretch of land. Elevated Section (yellow) The elevated section which begins at Vine Street and travels 10 blocks north, northwest. While traveling along this section the viewer has a sense of exposure. The elevation focuses your concentration outward on the existing surroundings and infrastructure. Here the user is offered a unique perspective of both the city’s immediate and extended context. The strong visual connection celebrates the city and connectivity. This section is the focus of this project and will be considered phase one in the design and construction process. Submerged Section (red) The Viaduct ramps down to street level at Broad then drops down thirty feet to the next section. This section, runs west parallel to Callowhill but is submerged below the street. The experience through this section is one of enclosure. This portion unlike the first provides a refuge from the city and a place to retreat. Because of its enclosed quality the focus here has more of a reflective inward focus. Though because it is not fully enclosed it offers glimpses of the surrounding context, which allows the viewer to understand their location within the greater context of the city. Enclosed Section (blue) At 21st street the third section of The Viaduct begins; it’s path continues northwest as it travels under Pennsylvania Avenue. This section takes on an underground quality. It becomes completely isolated from the street life above, safety becomes incredibly important is spaces such as these. At last it daylights again in a wide field at the base of Kelly Drive and Fairmount Park just north of the Art Museum.

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This map illustrates the change in experience according to the height of the buildings lining the elevated corridor. It also takes into consideration the structure of the viaduct underneath your feet. In some areas the experience is one of enclosure, here the focus of the viewer is concentrated inward. These areas may be potential gathering and seating areas with more ornate planting because the buildings provide a protective barrier from the wind and sun. Other areas are extremely expansive and provide an experience of exposure. In these areas the city of Philadelphia is exposed to the user allowing them to view the city as a palimpsest, a landscape constantly changing with remnants of the past still legible.

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The concept development of the project overlays the physical connection to the existing streets social and circulatory systems with the existing experiential quality of the site. The dual path system moves along the original railroad highlighting positive views of the city and the layers of its past.

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Area 1: The Center City Connection which connects the Viaduct and the lower north Philadelphia neighborhoods to Center City Philadelphia. Area 2: The Hamilton and Bicycle Transit Center Connection. This area provides access to and from the Viaduct in the center of the elevated trail. It also provides access to the proposed bicycle transit center located in the abandoned bicycle factory. Area 3: The Fairmount Connection located at the north end of the site. This connection focuses on the winding bicycle ramp and proposed train station.

Master Plan

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Schematic Drawing 3

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Center City Entrance


Perspective showing the fantastic overlook of Center city Philadelphia

North / South Elevation

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Perspective showing the abandoned train station at Spring Garden transformed into the proposed Cafe.

Bicycle Factory Entrance

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Sections

Fairmount Entrance

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Perspective showing the Viaduct and ramp down to the proposed bicycle facility in the abandoned bicycle factory. 35


The landscape for the new Wharton extension is intended to signiďŹ cantly improve the visibility of this entrance while making the entrance ADA accessible. Path of rain drops

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Steinberg Dietrich Hall Plaza Wharton School of Business Philadelphia, Pa Fall 2011

Accessibility is provided by a sloped walk zigzagging between the terraces. The paving throughout is proposed as reclaimed bluestone already on the site. An integral part of the entry court is that the paving continues into the lobby to blur the line inside and out.

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Perspective northeast corner of plaza looking towards 37th street walk.

Planting is simple comprising three types. Ground covers that fill the planting beds between the plaza and existing building to provide privacy to the office spaces. Tall canopy trees provide dappled light without obstructing views of the entrance. And small flowering trees will add seasonal color framing either side of the lobby and providing a more intimate sitting space at the lower level of the terrace. The grading concept directs storm water to the central planting beds and away from the building where it can filter naturally and infiltrate.

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Seismic Bench Fall 2011

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Entire bench was to be built from one 8’ x 4’ piece of plywood


Seismic, is the winning entry of the 2011 Designphiladelphia Challenge to design and fabricate a bench in ďŹ ve days using only plywood, screws and glue. Our design was a result of visual collaboration on speed. The design focuses on a ripple effect that emanates from the point and wraps around the bench exposing the layers of the plywood and creating a structure that reacted to its environment. The ripple creates an interplay of conceptual opposites: dark and light, hard and soft, thick and thin, solid and void. The red plane at the base of the bench provides support as well as a surface for sunlight cast through the holes to land. Collaboration: Michael Cheney, Chris Landau, Chris Hanley, Henry Moll, Michael Cheney, Laura Rennekamp

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