ASHKAN ALIDI Landscape Architecture Portfolio
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Email: Ronin178@gmail.com 1
About I decided to study landscape architecture because of various different reasons. One of the things I enjoy very much about landscape architecture is the relationship between naturalistic and humanistic themes. I really keen to see that in future I’ll be able to imply this to my designs and projects to create the sense of harmony between human and natural environment. One of my role model in my life is one of my distant relative he is a landscape architect. I have admired him for how he doing his designs process so passionately and how he combines the needs of clients with the needs of environments, and how he fulfills both in the most artistic way possible, he is a critical engineer in the working site and great motivator leader in office, and so on. From having been able to understand how my role model works, I concluded that I enjoy very much the way a landscape architecture needs to mix passion with technical skills for its work. It’s not only the purely landscape architecture design part which fascinates me but also all the other knowledge that a landscape architect needs to acquire in order to perform as one. I’m most interested in the design of urban environmental complexes. Landscape Architecture consists very much on team work in which different specializations have responsibilities over different fields. I’m very interested in urbanism, social environmental issues (I have done a research “The Relationship Between KLCC Park Characteristics and Users Feeling” and been published by PERTANIKA JOURNAL), land management, and landscape architecture. Choosing the landscape architecture specialization does not necessarily mean that I won’t be aware of all the other fields but that I will focus mainly on design itself. The specialization I choose looks in a more detailed way into the relationship between form and function. I’m interested on how a landscape is designed and how one can use materials and technology to construct something functional and aesthetically coherent and correct. I believe that an aesthetic landscape must combine, form, function, materials, structures, and energetic needs, in a harmonious and efficient way.
Contents Projects From Hopeless to Hopeful
Revitalization Of Old Urban Fabric Along Jalan Sultan Ismail And Jalan Imbi The Living River
Eco Forest Network Revitalization Of Urban Plaza
Pavilion Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur
The Relationship Between KLCC Park Characteristics and Users Feeling Curriculum Vitae
From Hopeless to Hopeful Revitalization Of Old Urban Fabric Along Jalan Sultan Ismail And Jalan Imbi Academic Project / Individual / Year Two / 4th Semester / 2017 / Final Year Project / Supervisors of project: Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail / email@example.com / LAr. Dr. Shamsul Abu Bakar / firstname.lastname@example.org
My finial year project was focusing on the social issues in very heart of Kuala Lumpur city in the place which not everybody gets a fair share of wealth and prosperity from the development and economic aspects. The issue was, in a very developed and prosper environment there was an area which was left over and been forgotten, the area occupied by international workers with their families, and Kalua Lumpur city try to ignore them because of economical background and their living condition, it was truly a drastic look, a clear symbol of Environmental Injustice, in the other word a black and white environment. So I tried to enhance their community and environment qualities with designing the activities and programs which indirectly force the people to mix up with each other and leave their community cocoon with having an interactive communication and providing beneficial activity for workerâ€™s families and creating extra income for the families. Activities such as urban farming - grow healthy food with wet restaurants rubbishes as fertilizer and presenting the foods which is not be used by families and sell them to community and create a pocket money for workerâ€™s families -, enhancing the legibility and characteristics of the area itself, and creating the green belt, enhancing the pedestrian footway. 4
General Issues of Site
Issues And Solutions
Environmental Degradation and Pollution
Environmental Injustice Due to Income
According to my analysis the site having the lack of urban open spaces, lack of green linkages, no balance between gray and green infrastructures and lack of blue infrastructure in site is quite obvious and residences in the site suffer a lot for not having a community urban open spaces.
Color of Environment
Unequal Distribution of Social and Environmental Rights
Difficulties to Access to The Site
Urbanization and Rapid Development
An Urban Heat Island (UHI)
Heat Island Intensity Is Ranging from 4° C-6° C Influencing Air Pollution Dispersion and Energy Demand for Cooling in City of Kuala Lumpur
The other problems will be, there is no clear border for pedestrians’ walkway from vehicular way, because of that the vehicles always park inside the walkway and block the access of pedestrians and also lack of medians will force the people to do cross blocking which will in danger their safety specially for children’s. Due to lack of enough vegetation in the area the site temperature is higher so the urban heat island will occur. There is some abandoned building which need to be replace with better structures and usually visitors avoid passing from the site since have no interaction at all, and shop-houses creating the unhygienic visual in the site not to mention some of those shops take advantage and taken the pedestrians footway as their own land and set up the table and chairs there to provide more space for their shop with blocking and cutting off the pedestrian linkages, and the last but not the least the wet garbage is everywhere and there is no proper management on it. The solution will be to create the green linkages in the site for safety and comfort for pedestrians, make balance between gray, blue and green infrastructures, widen the walkway, enhance the vegetation, replace some of the buildings with better operational buildings, make use of the wet garbage and recycle them and adding the interactions to the site to become more inviting for clients and people to come and enjoy their time and above all creating the motivation for workers and workers families to enhance their life and environment quality plus increasing their self-esteem and confidence level. 7
Issues and Idea Development
Design Inspiration / Design Concept
According to my analysis the social issue of the site is the social status of residence in the area which divided them into several categories, in the other word base on your income and salary the way of living and the environment you live in will be changed, so currently the living condition is very bad and need to be enhanced.
The design concept came from the time I was visited the site, been invited to some of the local houses and I saw the quilt blanket and fabric crafts in their house, so the idea sparkling in my mind why we donâ€™t design something which they familiar with it, plus solving the social issue with it.
The other issue will be the color of environment which divided the area into two section poor area and rich area. Last but not the least will be the wet garbage in the area which need to be recycle back. For all these problems, the solution will be to having a better environmental quality, adding the transitional spaces and urban farming (use the wet garbage as organic fertilizer)
Quilt: Quilt is the sense of motivation because for creating the quilt we need to stitch all pieces despite their differences, colors and materials together and create the pattern with it, and must be done manually by hand with love. Why Quilt: Because all these people and workers are coming from all over the Malaysia and I see them as a piece of quilt (different culture and background) they are not similar at all but they can be together and united so when we put all those small pieces together it will form the unity.
After implementation of the design and injecting the greeneries to site, we reach the balance between the gray infrastructure, green infrastructure and blue infrastructure. The amenities in the area enhanced and environmental quality drastically changed and become better place for living, several activities created in the site bring lots of visitors to interact with them, the pedestrian walkway become shaded and safe and also the pedestrian footway boundary become separated from vehicular way. Free education and sport exercises been added to the site for residence for free. And also, extra income provided from urban agriculture farming plus healthy fresh vegetable for family for free, the wet garbage problem fixed since been used as fertilizer in the site. The accessibility to all over the site been improved and with injecting the more tropical forest spices the area become filled with scent of flowers and also decreasing the UHI (urban heat island), the difference between the color and elevation of planter boxes and plants itself created the harmony around the site. The elevated walkway make the human flow easier and much safer. With illumination at night the site become much safer place for visitors. And above all the level of confidence of residence increased dramatically and this will change their life. 13
The Living River Academic Project / Location: Universiti Putra Malaysia / Group and Individual / Year one / 2th Semester / 2016 / Supervisors of project: Assoc. Prof. Gs. Dr. Mohd Johari Mohd Yusof / email@example.com / LAr. Dr. Shamsul Abu Bakar / firstname.lastname@example.org
Aim -Garden of Knowledge Phase IV
-Educational Park -Eco-friendly Educational Park Phase III Phase II
Objectives -to create an integrated ecological design between hydrological system, wildlife habitat and functional open spaces Phase I Phase V
-to create an active recreational place for UPM students and public Site Location
-to be the reference project in educating the users and public about functional ecological design
My Roles in Group Project • Biodiversity Data Collection • Case Studies On Site And Similar Projects • Hydrology And Surface Water Resources • Noise, Light, Water And Air Pollution
• Vegetation Data Collection • Drainage System And Connection • Design Approach For Water Treatment • Design Objectives • Design Methods For Recreational Activates • Planting Palette • Rendering And Organizing The Boards • Potential Surface Analysis (PSA): • Road Condition • Surface Drainage Condition • Noise Pollution • Vegetation • Wildlife
The Living River Academic Project / Location: Universiti Putra Malaysia – Faculty Of Environmental Studies / Individual / Year one / 2th Semester / 2016 / Supervisors of project: Assoc. Prof. Gs. Dr. Mohd Johari Mohd Yusof / email@example.com / LAr. Dr. Shamsul Abu Bakar / firstname.lastname@example.org
Three main objective of deign
The aim for project was to create eco-friendly forest for wildlife in faculty of environmental studies campus. There is chunk of forest with high potential located beside the faculty infrastructure and it was a great opportunity to become an attraction for visitors and students as part of educational and recreational activates, above all it will become the great source of income for campus to pay for maintenance.
To achieve the goal of project, first we need the program to remove the invasive species, which will be in 4 phases, identify the area which been conquered by invasive species, marking and tagging the plants, remove the limited amount of tagged plants and vegetation (to not damaging the soil and biodiversity of the system) and last but not least planting original or new plants.
Sub Criteria of main objective
For achieving the goal of project we need 7 to 10 years. The design method for bring the attraction to the site was using Treetop walkway and watchtowers in a limited area to not disturbing the wildlife. 21
Revitalization Of Urban Plaza Pavilion Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Academic Project / Individual / Year one / 1th Semester / 2015 / Supervisors of project: Dr. Mohd.Yazid Mohd. Yunos / email@example.com / LAr. Dr. Shamsul Abu Bakar / firstname.lastname@example.org
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is a shopping mall situated in the Bukit Bintang district in Kuala Lumpur. It was built on the former site of Bukit Bintang Girls' School, the oldest school in Kuala Lumpur which was moved to Cheras as Sekolah Seri Bintang Utara in 2000. It was opened on 20 September 2007, contains over 500 retail shops that are spread across seven levels. The site is located in the heart of the bustling Bukit Bintang shopping and business precinct. It is well served by major access roads and a series of well-developed public transportation systems. Being surrounded by modern office towers and shopping centres, 5-star hotels and up-market residential buildings, this development seizes upon the opportunity to provide the duality of being competitive with these components yet providing a sanctuary from such neighbours.
The issues of the site was: • Lack of community spaces and seating area • Lack of activity • Lack of focal point • Lack of vegetation
Publication And Researche The Relationship Between KLCC Park Characteristics and Users Feeling Ashkan Alidi1 Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail2 In process of publishing on PERTANIKA JOURNAL, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH) on 2016 http://www.pertanika.upm.edu.my/ Abstract:
This study focuses on understanding the effect of KLCC park on the attitude of its visitors. A series of questionnaires were distributed to 90 respondents and their reactions were recorded. Apart from that, their demographics such as gender, ethnic group, occupation, education level and others were also recorded. It was found that an overwhelming majority of the survey participants were satisfied with the circulation, safety, recreational, environmental and visual value of the park. Additionally, a majority of participants agreed to a series of statements that suggesting that the park impacted their behaviors positively. The survey respondents were mostly men compared to women. Married people outnumbered others, and those within the 30-40 years of age formed the majority. The leading religion of respondents was Islam and they were mainly local respondents who worked in the private sectors. Visitors preferred to visit the park in the evening for leisure purposes. A large percentage of them had a tertiary education. We conclude that KLCC park is a good model to study as it impacts the attitudes of visitors in a positive and healthy manner. Keywords: KLCC Park, visitor attitude, sense of place, genius loci
Curriculum Vitae References Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Suhardi Maulan Head Department Of Landscape Architecture email@example.com
Assoc. Prof. LAr. Dr. Nor Atiah Ismail firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com +603-8946 4083
Dr. Mohd.Yazid Mohd. Yunos firstname.lastname@example.org +603-8946 4043
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Master of Landscape Architecture Portfolio