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lauren n fraley landscape architecture + urban design


Having grown up on a farm in the Central Bluegrass region of Kentucky, where the concept of sustainability wasn’t just a term, but rather a lifestyle, my pursuit of becoming a designer with the environment was fostered. From the very soil we grew our crops to the small caves and streams which continue to inspire exploration, the idea of place and regionalism is deeply rooted in my values. Realizing the imbalance of this connection to genus loci in many of the town and city dwellers around me, it became my personal objective to pursue a career in addressing this incredibly broad issue. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. The five years of intensive study and design exploration in creating exterior people places on a variety of scales was just a small taste of the incredible opportunity we as designers and planners have in facilitating and creating a more seamless confluence of the built and natural environments. Having grasped a firm understanding of the natural environment and its diverse array of ecological forces, I decided to build upon my knowledge by exploring the other side of this complex equation - the city. This motivation has led me to the Savannah College of Art and Design, where I am currently a pursuing a Master of Urban Design. Upon graduation in May 2013, I intend to continue to expand my knowledge through a professional lens as an intern and/or entry level designer in a landscape architecture and urban design/planning firm. - Lauren Fraley

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personal statement garden city redux no-land urban agriculture rights of way reseeding st. louis revival on merchant’s row transit hub the legacy center 1000 cubic foot dwelling curriculum vitae


region “Before modern man can gain control over the forces that now threaten his very existence, he must resume possession of himself. This sets the chief mission for the city of the future: that of creating a visible regional and civic structure, designed to make man at home with his deeper self and his larger world, attached to images of human nature and love.� -Lewis Mumford


GARDEN CITY REDUX CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA

This project utilizes the unique bioregional framework of southeast Australia to create a vibrant urban environment that is synchronized with its local ecological and cultural landscape. This vision of the new garden city recognizes the urban design concepts in the original plan while addressing the imbalance of garden to city. It is a counter-form to the current situation as it employs greater density through the overlap of typology, which in turn will provide the level of diversity and activity that is admired in capital cities around the world.

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Create a CAPITAL

IDENTITY

Unique to Canberra and Australia:

• • • EDUCATIONAL CENTERS • • • CULTURAL + ARTS FACILITIES • • • FLEXIBLE CIVIC SPACES • • • universities │ research facilities │ outdoor classrooms │ museums │ civic center │ concert hall │ farmer’s markets │ exhibitions │ temporary urbanism

Provide a range of

TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES

to reduce automobile dependency:

• • • REGIONAL: LIGHT RAIL • • • • • • LOCAL: ELECTRIC TRAM • • • • • • LEISURE: WATER TAXI • • intermodal transit centers │ smaller block sizes │ regional connectivity │ increased walkability │ links between destination points │ legible circulation

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INCREASE DENSITY through overlap and variety of housing and jobs:

• • • COMMERICAL DISTRICTS • • • EDUCATIONAL + CULTURAL • • • RESIDENTIAL + MIXED USE • • • stimulate inner city growth │ overlap in type + time of use │ cultural + economic vitality │ vibrant nightlife │ university centers as growth catalyst

Promote ECOLOGICAL

PERFORMANCE and celebrate Canberra’s SPIRIT OF PLACE:

• • • PARKS + OPEN SPACE • • • WETLANDS + RIPARIAN BUFFERS • • • HABITAT RESTORATION • • seamless + integrated system │ relink green infrastructure │ provide refuge for endemic species │ encourage public use for recreation + education


NO-LAND URBAN AGRICULTURE RIVERS + WATERWAYS

This project proposed an innovative design strategy to promote urban agriculture, as it has become an imminent issue both of the present and future. With the rising population and densification of urban area and the need to bring fresh food to urban dwellers at a lower economic and environmental cost, the river and its historically appreciated assets need to be revisited. The proposed solution is to retrofit existing infrastructure, in this case both barges and harbors, to grow food and compost urban waste. This no-land, sustainable strategy will promote community involvment and education by using the barge as an interactive lens. The agricultural model is intended to reconnect people with the natural landscape, to remind them of the lost beauties of nature which for so long has been hidden behind pollution and growing densities. The barge will be an icon of remediation and life within the urban landscape, meant to impact people in more substantial ways than just providing fresh produce.

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IMPLICATIONS Economic: + creates jobs, reducing unemployment + provides better quality products (fresh food) + reduces the cost of produce Social: + promotes better health and overall nutrition + increases income (families don’t have to spend quite as much on food as they did before). + provides food security in rough economic times + builds community social life + creates jobs, reducing unemployment

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Environmental: + reduces energy used for transportation of food + retrofits existing infrastructure -- a sustainable practice used throughout history + collects cities’ waste for composting


THE LOCAL SYSTEM WATER STORAGE TANKS

harvest rainwater to use as irrigation for the crops. this not only reduces high economic costs of watering and maintaining plants but they also are environmentally sustainable through the collection and use of such a natural element: rain.

SHIPPING CONTAINERS

store and compost urban waste which would otherwise go to landfills. these are already a common element of barges, thereby linking old practices with new ideas. the compost is used to enrich the soil to grow fresh and hearty produce.

CROPS

grow on the surface of the barge. type of crop will vary by the growing season and planting patterns will be determined by the size of the crop. the crops will be harvested at every checkpoint, or city port, and as needed along the route. this element especially will contribute to the health and quality of life for urban dwellers while it is also the element which will visually “sell” the idea of urban agriculture.

ENERGY HARVESTERS

wind turbined and photovoltaic panels to be used for powering the barge and any other general electric, such as lighting. this form of sustainabitityis becoming the new standardin urban environments as it is much more economical and environmentally sound.

THE “LIVING” BARGE

this component forms the skeleton of the system, not only does it serve the structural and mobile purposes, but it acts as a lens through which people can see their environment in a new light. the retrofitted barge will educate, persuade, and become a symbol for sustainability, on top of it’s fundamental role of becoming the “land” on which crops can grow.


city “A city is a multi-purpose, shifting organization, a tent for many functions, raised by many hands, and with relative speed. If the environment is visibly organized and sharply identified, then the citizens can inform it with his own meanings and connections. Then it will become a true place, remarkable and unmistakable.� -Kevin Lynch


RIGHTS OF WAY

LOUISVILLE-LIBERTY CORRIDOR, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA Rights of Way reenvisions the Louisville-Liberty corridor as the new front door to the city of Savannah, connecting outlying neighborhoods to the west as well as the larger regional context to the historic downtown. This “Open City” concept is derived from the core philosophical values of General James Oglethorpe, Savannah’s founding father -- infrastructural foresight, connectivity and community, and public good. The four central goals for this project entail 1) extend downtown, 2) connect in all directions, 3) balance habitats/ecological remediation, and 4) enhance the entry experience.

Right: Elevated Pedestrian and Rail Passage looking toward the Central of Geogia RR site across the sunken Louisville Road. 00 │ 01 │ 02 │ 03 │ 04 │ 05 │ 06 │ 07 │ 08 │ 09


Top: Illustrative Masterplan Diagrams (left to right): Accessibility, Connections and Intersections, Circulation, Infill and Phasing, Web of Movement Systems Right: View of public plaza looking toward downtown and Battlefield Park with Phytoremediation Strips. 00 │ 01 │ 02 │ 03 │ 04 │ 05 │ 06 │ 07 │ 08 │ 09


Section Elevation through Liberty Street showing Infill and public space interventions

Section Elevation through Louisville Road, Muse Arts Warehouse, and the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal illustrating multi-use greenway and elevated promenade.

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Top: Program Matrix of potential activities to occur along the corridor. Bottom: Section Elevation along Boundary Street looking towards the Central of Georgia RR site showing phytoremediation terraces, demonstration/event space, and pedestrian/ rail bridge over Louisville road.


View looking toward Battlefield Park from Louisville Road and West Broad/MLK Intersection. 00 │ 01 │ 02 │ 03 │ 04 │ 05 │ 06 │ 07 │ 08 │ 09


Riparian Buffer along Savannah-Ogeechee Canal and Pedestrian Bridge to connect to multi-use greenway trail.


RESEEDING ST. LOUIS PRUITT IGOE SITE, ST. LOUIS, MO

Throughout history, the city of St. Louis, in particular the neighborhoods adjacent to the Pruitt-Igoe site, have experienced a frequency of socio-economic and environmental disturbance events. The intent of this project is to set up a strong foundation for resilient urban ecology that can thrive under unpredicted disturbance events and can adapt to processes of constant change and growth. Using the ecological succession analogy to set up an urban phasing structure, four key ingredients for urban ecological succession were identified: 1) tolerance for a full range of conditions, 2) facilitation and inhibition through temporary urbanism to make the urban condition more hospitable for future development, 3) adaptivity and resiliency through an integrated, whole system, learning-based approach in urban design to promote vitality and survival during any sudden, unexpected and uncontrolled change, and 4) diversity of programs and land uses to ensure a polycultural, vibrant urban landscape to support and sustain socioeconomic variety. An integrated, closed loop system of living machines, wetlands, and runnels filter on site runoff, turning it into potable water by the time it reaches the on-site reservoir. Using the urban forest as a catalyst for reseeding St. Louis, this design creates a new focus for public activity and amenity within the city, promoting a more vibrant and resilient future.

Right: Interactive Biofiltration Wetlands with Terraced Community Gardens in Urban Forest. 00 │ 01 │ 02 │ 03 │ 04 │ 05 │ 06 │ 07 │ 08 │ 09


Above: Opportunities and Constraints Analysis Center (top to bottom): Proposed Land Use, Grading Plan, Green Infrastructure, Ecological Program, Circulation. Right: Illustrative Masterplan 00 │ 01 │ 02 │ 03 │ 04 │ 05 │ 06 │ 07 │ 08 │ 09


THE URBAN ECOLOGICAL SUCCESSION:

TEMPORARY URBANISM PIONEER SPECIES

PUBLIC AMENITY EARLY SUCCESSIONAL SPECIES

ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE LATE SUCCESSIONAL + KEYSTONE SPECIES

INFILL DEVELOPMENT + ECOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE ECOLOGICAL EQUILIBRIUM

Right: Vision of Farmer’s Market and Pedestrian Promenade Below: Section through Urban Infill and Reservoir

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KEY INGREDIENTS FOR URBAN ECOLOGICAL SUCCESSION:

• TOLERANCE for a full range of conditions • FACILITATION + INHIBITION through temporary urbanism to make the urban condition more hospitable for future development

• ADAPTIVITY + RESILIENCY through an integrated, whole system, learning- based approach in urban design to promote vitality and survival during any sudden, unexpected and uncontrolled change.

• DIVERSITY of programs and land uses to ensure a polycultural, vibrant urban landscape to support and sustain socioeconomic variety.

Left: Meadow and Trail through Urban Forest Below: Section through Urban Forest


town “Town and country must be married, and out of this joyous union will spring a new hope, a new life, a new civilization.� -Ebenezer Howard


REVIVAL ON MERCHANT’S ROW PERRYVILLE, KENTUCKY

A collaborative initiative involving diverse constituents, both students and community members, focused on area revitalization and sustainability in perryville’s historic merchants row. Design workshops and committee meetings were conducted to capture community needs and desires. Preservation, layered with contemporary visions, led to a proposal integrating the historic heart of the community with necessary sustainable economic progression. This project was submitted to the community board for grant application. In 2011, the team received a design excellence award from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for this project.

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TRANSIT HUB LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

The central goal for this project was to provide connectivity to the city of louisville while also creating a distinct space for cyclists to gather in the downtown area. Important to the design was the integration of sustainability and innovation to produce a space that is adaptive, modular, and interactive. The idea of creating a timeless space was the driving motive behind this intermodal transit hub design. The basic concept for the design was derived from the anatomy of the bicycle. Breaking it down into three basic functions of motion, safety, and structure, where each part is vital to both the bike and the user in a manner that is inextricably linked and necessary.

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individual “Facts carry the traveler only so far: at last he must penetrate the land by a different means, for to know a place in any real and lasting way is sooner or later to dream it. That’s how we come to belong to it in the deepest sense.” -William Least Heat-Moon


THE LEGACY CENTER LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY

Over the course of a semester, this project went from site design through the standard construction documents: layout and dimensioning, grading, drainage, lighting, and planting plan for a trailhead, information, and demonstration site along the recently constructed Legacy Trail in Lexington, Kentucky. The Legacy Trail is an 8-mile bike and pedestrian trail connecting downtown Lexington to the Kentucky Horse Park. The design for the Legacy Center is above all a trailhead which will serve the people who intend to utilize the Legacy Trail. Also, on the 4-acre site it sits on, a bicycle trail for children weaves in and around the various facilities (bicycle parking and storage, demostration amphitheater, and the main building which has offices and restrooms). The most valuable and interesting lesson learned from this project was the constant evolution and refinement of the design as each document was inextricably linked to the next.

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1000 FT3 DWELLING LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY

The need for a shift in consumption is growing ever more clear with the revelation of environmental depletion discussed today. This design for a 1000 cubic foot dwelling illustrates how one can live comfortably and efficiently while effectively reducing consumption related to development. Central to this design is the concept of minimalism to create a non-intrusive, functional space within the landscape. This concept is manifested within the site and neighborhood as a compact dwelling of simple geometric form. Using both moderntechnologies and natural materials, this design is based on a rational plan of multifunctional components. The design creates a clear connection between interior and exterior spaces - simulating openness in even the smallest of spaces.

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EDUCATION savannah college of art + design_savannah, ga master of urban design degree expected in 2013 4.00 gpa

university of kentucky_lexington, ky

CURRICULUM VITAE

bachelor of landscape architecture degree received in 2011 3.47 gpa

EXPERIENCE summer 11: edsa landscape architecture intern_fort lauderdale, fl intern in the dugan/lamont studio, working on cd and drc sets, illustrative renderings, design development, and presentation/progress booklets

summer 10: patrick henry landscape design intern_louisville, ky

project support ranging from site visits, meetings with clients, design development, hand and digital renderings, drafting details and planting plans.

summer 10: university of kentucky design intern_lexington, ky proposed designs for historic rural areas in kentucky as a part of a comprehensive rural revitalization plan.

fall 09: university of kentucky teaching assistant_lexington, ky la850 landscape graphics course led by professor laurie fields

summer 08 +09: bosma enterprises graphic design intern_ indianapolis, in

project support which included developing various marketing tools for the company, production and quality control for signage and print products. 00 │ 01 │ 02 │ 03 │ 04 │ 05 │ 06 │ 07 │ 08 │ 09


SKILLS

proficiency in adobe photoshop, illustrator, and indesign; autocad, google sketchup, arcmap gis, coreldraw. advanced drawing skills with the following mediums: pencil, pen and ink, marker, colored pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel, and acrylic paint. technical skills include grading and drainage, planting plans, and landscape construction details.

HONORS + AWARDS

SCAD Chair of Urban Design Fellow 2011-2013 KYASLA honor award 2011 KYASLA design of excellence award 2011 for Perryville Project Oswald design of excellence award 2011 for No Land Urban Agriculture Project

ACTIVITIES

asla student member 2008-2012 garrison elementary charrette 2012_scad urban design studio III_savannah, ga pompano beach charrette 2011_edsa summer intern group_pompano beach, fl scott county community involvement 2011_landscape architecture capstone studio_georgetown, ky historic downtown revitalization: community service project_perryville, ky university of kentucky arboretum children’s garden project 2009_lexington, ky bosma enterprises signage department volunteer 2010_indianapolis, in design recommendations for historic wickland estate 2010_bardstown, ky


lauren fraley lfrale20@student.scad.edu 317.840.5108

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Lauren Fraley