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PROJECTS PROJECTS PROJECTS PROJECTS Academic Practice

3-7 Covington, KY..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8 -10 Oldham County, KY.................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11 Cincinnati, OH.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12 - 14 Amberley Village, OH...........................................................................................................................................................................................

Professional Practice

15 Dalian, Liaoning Province, PRC............................................................................................................................................................................ 16 Detroit, MI...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 17 Quincy, MA...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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COVINGTON, KY COVINGTON, KY Covington, KY is a municipality directly across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, OH. The city has a vast collection of historic Italianate architecture, but it is extremely fragmented. To reconnect the city, my studio collaborated with public officials and local developers to produce The Covington Center City Action Plan.

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The framework I created comprehensively projects future land use and gateways that would strategically spark economic development.

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Each student chose a corridor or site to revitalize. Keeping in mind how each student’s project connects to one another was crucial. The bold, brown dashed line indicates the corridor I chose to redesign.

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Intervention Areas

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COVINGTON, KY COVINGTON, KY I chose to redevelopment the 12th St/MLK corridor using New Urbanism principals, historic preservation, and infill development. My approach: infilling vacant and under utilized properties with green space and mixed use residential/retail development; integrating new development with existing historic buildings; advancing infrastructure to accommodate pedestrian and biker traffic; targeting empty-nesters; and joining forces with public officials, non profit organizations, private developers, and financial institutions.

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Determining main intervention areas and identifying parcel ownership, right of ways, and existing land uses were my main tools for analysis. Right Of Way

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Above: Digitally rendered master plan of the infill development proposal along the 12th Street Corridor in Covington, KY

To create a strong sense of place, I chose to design my project around the idea of urban objects and urban walls.

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The corridor is an eyesore for many but is unique because of its historic character.

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Right: Conceptual diagram of the project, exhibiting urban objects at the corners and urban walls at the center


COVINGTON, KY COVINGTON, KY Typical Upper Levels

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The project program is broken down in generic blocks with a total of 88 residential units and 23 retail units.

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Buildings range from two to five stories in height, with 20ft by 30ft unit dimensions. Accommodated parking lots are located in the rear of the buildings.

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Above: Eastern bound view exhibiting the Western gateway into the district

Above: Proposed health club that can accommodate 108 automobiles. This is the South Eastern object

Above: Axonometric view of the inner mixed use development. Brown structures indicate existing buildings

Above: The AutoCAD base that had been imported into Google SketchUp. ArcGIS shapefiles had been exported into the AutoCAD drawing as well and served as the base for the rendered master plan.

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Land cover Suitability

The Floyds-Fork watershed in Northern Kentucky is a fast past developing area. The purpose of this analysis was to determine the most suitable locations for commercial development within the watershed. Criteria for these locations include land cover characteristics, degree of slopes, riparian zones, and soil types.

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In regards to slope and land cover, open and agricultural landscapes with 0-5% tree cover and slopes between 0-5% are the most desirable factors when determining suitable land for commercial development.

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According to the Oldham County GIS database, there are 34 soil types within the watershed. The 75% of the soils have a low rate of infiltration when thoroughly wet and have a slow rate of water transmission. They consist of fine texture which impede downward movement of water.

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Areas without riparian buffers and flood plains are also considered desirable locations for commercial land use.

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This is a composite map illustrating the results of my findings. All criterion is taken into account and the green circles indicate the most desirable locations for commercial development within the watershed.

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I collaborated with two other students to work on a project that focused on claiming residual spaces in the contemporary city. We chose a district in Cincinnati that had an abundance of vacant lots, left over and in-between spaces, under used parking lots, and other residual spaces. The challenge was to find innovative ways to re-integrate the residual spaces into the city, restore natural and ecological connections, and improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of the area.

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Above: Residual spaces within our district

The program includes the types of land uses for each zone, the number of units per land use, the unit dimensions, and the total square footage of each zone.

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Above: The proposed site plan for the main intervention area within the study area

The site will include two 5 story mixed use apartment buildings with commercial uses at grade level. On street parking is also proposed with a structured parking facility to accommodate resident’s vehicles.

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AMBERLEY VILLAGE, OH AMBERLEY VILLAGE, OH

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Amberley Village, Ohio asked our studio to be the consultants for a redevelopment scheme to transform a former 130 acre golf course into a project that included residential, institutional, commercial, and agricultural uses.

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I worked on the institutional portion of the project, which included an amphitheater, gardens, new surface parking, and the renovation of an existing building.

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Above: Hand rendered master plan of the institutional site

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Above: A graphic expressing potential land use and conservation areas within the site.

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Below: An aerial map I made to show under utilized views within the site that could be taken advantage of.

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Above: The final board presented to Amberley Village illustrating the composite work of all students in the studio.

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DALIAN, LIAONING PROVINCE, PRC DALIAN, LIAONING PROVINCE, PRC

The majority of my work at the company was devoted to designing a mega project called Gezhenpu. 40,000 to 60,000 upper class residents are expected to live in the new town.

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Dalian is a port city in North-East China. While interning at Dalian Design and Urban Development Co., I worked on a variety of large scale projects, many of which are considered new towns.

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These scenes are Sketch-Up models I created. I helped produce the AutoCAD drawings that were imported into Sketch-Up.

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While interning at Street-Works LLC, I worked extensively on a redevelopment project for downtown Detroit, MI. The idea was to create unique districts for the downtown and the area surrounding it to spark revitalization.

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Above: Collaborated AutoCAD base drawing that my co-workers and I created

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Left: Collaborated rendering that my co-workers and I digitally created

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Another major project I worked on at StreetWorks was the redevelopment of Quincy Center in Quincy, MA.

The site is where John Quincy Adams was buried and draws in over 1.5 million visitors each year.

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The 3D models of the redevelopment needed to be updated constantly and I was given the opportunity to make those changes.

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OTHER ART WORK OTHER ART WORK


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