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MEREDITH ENTROP MLA | The University of Texas School of Architecture | 2013


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RESUME

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DOWNTOWN EAST: WILDLY SOPHISTICATED Minneapolis, Minnesota

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WALLER CREEK: A WELLSPRING Austin, Texas

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VICTORIA STATION: THE HEART OF WESTMINSTER London, United Kingdom

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CENTER FOR PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE Birmingham, Alabama

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UTSOA ETHOS COURTYARD: A CIVIC SPACE Austin, Texas

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ZILKER PARK Austin, Texas

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SYSTEMS & SURFACE

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WATER STUDY EMERGENCE & SENSATION

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SPRINGS & POOLS Marfa, Texas

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CENTRAL TEXAS CEMETERY: LIFE CONCENTRATED Bastrop, Texas


AWARDS & ACTIVITIES Urban Land Institute - Gerald D. Hines National Student Design Competition | 2013 Honorable Mention | Downtown East: Wildly Sophisticated

Cogburn Family Foundation Architecture & Urbanism Prize | 2013 First Place | Downtown East: Wildly Sophisticated

Texas ASLA Student Design Competition | 2012

MEREDITH ENTROP

EDUCATION

Award of Excellence | Waller Creek Wellspring

The University of Texas | Austin, TX

Arizona Challenge

School of Architecture | 2010 - 2013

Student Design Competition | 2011

Master of Landscape Architecture

University of New Mexico | Albuquerque, NM

Study Abroad | University of New Mexico Netherlands | Summer 2010

School of Architecture & Planning | 2009 - 2010

Texas Tech University | Lubbock, TX Honors College | 2001 - 2005 Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude in Honors Studies: Natural History & Humanities with minors in Creative Writing and Philosophy thesis | The Natural History of San Solomon Springs : Balmorhea Today honors | Highest Honors

SOCLAS | University of New Mexico Member and President Elect | 2009-2010 community & educational outreach | MLA Represenentative on a committee organizing and fundraising for UNM’s 2010 student-led conference, Converging Perspectives, featuring student work and keynote speaker Tom Wiscombe

Grassroots | Texas Tech University Co-Founder and Vice President | 2004-2005 environmental advocacy | initiated a campus-wide recycling program | committee member involved in organizing TTU’s 2005 Earth Day Celebration

Habitat For Humanity St. Petersburg, FL | Summer 2001 construction


WORK EXPERIENCE Mebane Gallery | Austin , TX Curatorial Staff | 2012 - present curatorial assistance for The University of Texas School of Architecture exhibitions, including an exhibition of MLA student works for review by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board

Audubon New Mexico | Santa Fe, NM Environmental Education Assistant | 2008

SKILLS design | ranging from detail and site to city, from grading and vegetation to structure analysis | site, context and theory visual communication | analog and digital drafting and modeling techniques, with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD, Google SketchUp, Autodesk 3ds Max, ArcGIS and Microsoft Office

nature education for over 1,000 elementary school children on topics ranging from pollination to resource conservation and local ecology environmental advocacy | composed articles for Audubon’s statewide newsletter regarding various conservation efforts grant writing | wrote Keep New Mexico Beautiful 2008 Grant proposal for improvement of center grounds, obtained funding, and coordinated project implementation with the Santa Fe Master Gardeners

written communication | copywriting

Nedra Matteucci Galleries | Santa Fe, NM

interpersonal communication | community outreach and education

Associate Director | 2006 - 2008 Administrative Assistant | 2006 sales relationships with diverse clientele | notified clients of new inventory via personalized correspondence and articles written for the gallery newsletter research of historical and contemporary American art, including provenance, auction records, artist oeuvres and biographies administrative support

Oakland Museum of California Intern | summer 2004 clerical assistance


DOWNTOWN EAST:

WILDLY SOPHISTICATED Minneapolis, Minnesota Our team was awarded an Honorable Mention and First Prize for our work in The 2013 Urban Land Institute - Gerald D. Hines Student Design Competition. The challenge was to develop a sustainable, mixed-use community in an under-utilized area of downtown Minneapolis, catalyzed by the construction of a new football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Our team proposed a transit-oriented neighborhood where residents and visitors may engage in cultural and outdoor activities year round. We build upon Minneapolis’ strengths, extending the Hiawatha Trail along the lightrail and introducing pedestrian promenades and cross-country ski routes that connect to existing and proposed destinations. The historic armory becomes a market place, and a proposed “lake” occupies the vast stadium plaza as a warm weather splash pad, autumn steam field, and winter ice skating rink. A proposed system of green spaces serves as a venue for outdoor recreation, as infrastructure for stormwater management, and as habitat for pollinators and urban wildlife.

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MEREDITH ENTROP

in collaboration with MSCRP Holly Bonine, MLA Michelle Bright, MArch Thomas Johnson & MBA Mason Gilmore Urban Lands Institute - Gerald D. Hines Spring 2013

ARMORY MARKET | Interior - Exterior The existing armory, currently utilized as a car park, is reimagined as a vibrant market, serving neighborhood residents, tourists, and downtown workers alike.


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Guthrie Theater | Mill City Museum Mississippi Riverfront | Grand Rounds Trail Stone Arch Bridge

4 blocks

Bicycle: 7 min; 0.00 lbs CO2

University of Minnesota Nicolette Mall Target Center

1 1/4 miles

Cedar Lake Trail Midtown Greenway

Car: 5 min; 3.00 lbs CO2 Bus: 10 min; 1.31 lbs CO2

Loring Lake Park

St. Paul

Ski: 8 min; 0.00 lbs CO2

2 miles

Walker Arts Center

Airport

Walk: 15 min; ; 0.00 lbs CO2

1 mile

9 1/4 miles

Light Rail: 5 min; 0.41 lbs CO2

10 miles DOWNTOWN EAST TRANSIT OPTIONS TIME & CO2 EMISSIONS / MILE OF TRAVEL

CONNECTIONS TO MAJOR DESTINATIONS Neighborhood design & programming reinforce low-emission transit connections to existing cultural and outdoor destinations via proposed lightrail, promenade and bikeway.


biofiltration swale

CHICAGO AVE - HIAWATHA TRAIL

SECTION | Hiawatha Trail Summer highlights streetside vegetation as a biofiltration swale that absorbs and filters potential runoff into the Mississippi River. loading

road

5TH STREET - HIAWATHA TRAIL

cross country trail

3RD STREET

Winter transforms the biofiltration swale into a cross country ski route that connects the Vikings Stadium to the Green Rounds Trail and Target Center.


WALLER CREEK: A WELLSPRING Austin, Texas

WATERLOO Wellness: Civic Nature: Shared Resource characterized by large gathering spaces and productive vegetation

New flood control infrastructure invites development along Waller Creek, which defines the edge of downtown Austin. Winning the 2012 Texas ASLA Award of Excellence for Student Design, our proposal focused on four sites along Waller Creek—Waterloo Park, Precinct Park, Palm Park & Town Lake—and developed a design strategy for the Waller Creek District as a whole.

PRECINCT PARK Wellness: Social Nature: Event characterized by performance venues, markets, and swaths of showy native vegetation

Extensive context and site analysis generated our vision of Waller Creek as a wellspring—a potential source of physical and social wellbeing for the City of Austin. Our design proposal balances human and ecological wellbeing, introducing a creek-side path and bosque the length of the creek. The bosque filters inputs into the watershed, provides shade to visitors, and further articulates the presence of Waller Creek in downtown Austin. Design and program decisions at each of the four sites respond to existing context and proposed development, and promote different experiences in nature and society. 8

PALM PARK Wellness: Family Nature: Discovery characterized by picnic areas, play areas, and demonstration gardens TOWN LAKE Wellness: Individual Nature: Meditation characterized by wild vegetation, areas of quiet and solitude

MEREDITH ENTROP

in collaboration with MLAs Michelle Bright, Tim Campbell & Jessica Zarowitz Instr. Allan Shearer: Studio III Fall 2011

WALLER CREEK DISTRICT | A Source of Wellbeing for the City of Austin


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OBJECTIVE 1 | Refresh the Environment

OBJECTIVE 2 | Reveal the Creek

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OBJECTIVE 3 | Collect Visitors WALLER CREEK DISTRICT | Evaluation Our vision for Waller Creek was enabled by four objectives; indicators were developed and mapped to evaluate the degree to which objectives had been achieved.

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OBJECTIVE 4 | Replenish with Activity poor

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retaining wall prevents erosion & acts as green wall PROPOSED SECTION | Town Lake

slope allows people to engage the creek & restores habitat

primary path connects with Town Lake Trail

meditative grove provides opportunities for solitude


PROPOSED EXPERIENCE | Town Lake At Town Lake, nature is to be experienced as the wild and promotes the wellness of individuals, distinct from our more ordered and social proposals for the other sites.


Buckingham Palace

VICTORIA STATION: THE HEART OF WESTMINSTER London, United Kingdom

Rigorous research and site visits informed our team’s vision of Victoria Station, one of the busiest and most chaotic transit stations in London, as the heart of movement, social activity and ecological performance in Westminster. With station facilities scattered over 4 blocks, our team’s first objective was to reinforce the heart and vessels by creating an clear identity for the station and strengthening transit connections. Our second objective was to nourish that which flows through the station, improving the experience for the user and enhancing the natural environment.

pedestrian

bike

living systems

The focus of my work was the redesign of the station forecourt and a linear park along the rails. In the proposal, the chaotic forecourt is cleared of vehicular traffic, paths of movement streamlined, and the entrance to the underground made central and iconic. The forecourt becomes the starting point for a proposed promenade that runs the length of the rails, which have been transformed by the introduction of vegetation for stormwater filtration and habitat, building on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and London Wildlife Trust.

River Thames underground

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in collaboration with MSCRP Nathan Brigmon, BArch Francis Pineda & MSUD Jihye Yun

bus

proposed link

COMBINED EXISTING & PROPOSED CIRCULATION DIAGRAMS

Instr. Simon Atkinson: Elective Studio Summer 2012

PROPOSED | Site Plan


organic debris sand martin

stone walls PALETTE Sample species from native plant communities and structures used to enhance habitat and experience.

PROPOSED | Rail Conditions A low stone wall allows views onto rails, marks new railway walk, and provides seating for visitors, potential habitat for insects, reptiles, sand martins, and bats; bioswales occupy interstitial rail space to provide habitat and filter stormwater with native sedges, yellow iris, and willow.

reedbeds

acid grassland

heathland

woodland

additional phytoremediators

stag beetle

long-eared bat

black redstart

PRIORITY ANIMAL SPECIES

house sparrow


EXISTING | Victoria Station Forecourt

PROPOSED | Victoria Station Forecourt

EXISTING | Railway


PROPOSED | Railway

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CENTER FOR PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE Birmingham, Alabama

Responding to growing incidences of preventative disease and obesity, I proposed a campus for Preventative Medicine Research and Education. It is strategically located in Birmingham, Alabama, adjacent to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital and community fitness opportunities at Railroad Park. Here, selected participants reside for months at a time, supervised as they engage in practices intended to mitigate or reverse preventative disease. The campus landscape design supports these practices: an organic farm for healthy diet, dramatic topography for physical activity, and a central gathering place where people may participate in a supportive community. A dynamic fitness path binds them together. A system of metrics was developed to demonstrate the degree to which the design landscape supported the program, Altogether, the campus promotes growth and change, both in the landscape and within the individuals that inhabit it. 16 MEREDITH ENTROP Instr. Hope Hasbrouck & David Heymann: Elective Studio Fall 2012

TOPOGRAPHIC PLAN

PLANTING PLAN

PATH ENCLOSURE & AEROBIC ENGAGEMENT


heart rate

calories burned running

SECTION | Path Centerline The section corresponds to a graph of the metric developed to indicate the degree to which designed topography engages users in physical activity.

calorie comparison running on flat surface

calories burned walking

calorie comparison walking on flat surface


UNDERLYING INFRASTRUCTURE Given the campus’s prime location, consideration has been given to its surface and subsurface performance: subsurface parking and utilities service Campus, UAB Hospital and surrounding development.

GARDEN | Organic Farm To the north and south, Zone 7b crops, such as broccoli and watermelon, are planted in rows angled to maximize solar exposure, and are punctuated by windbreaks of productive trees.

COMMON | Community Gathering Space The common is found at the heart of the campus: open, yet buffered from the outside world by the surrounding wild.


WILD | Running Path The wild emerges in the inner campus, where native trees from the oak-hickory association are planted in bands over undulating topography, creating visual interest and milestones.


UTSOA ETHOS COURTYARD: A CIVIC SPACE Austin, Texas

Civic space promotes the aspirations of society and develops a sense of place. We defined the aspirations of the University of Texas School of Architecture as reflection, discovery, and collaboration. Our design proposal for the Ethos Courtyard manifests these ideals and unifies the disparate elements that comprise the School. The courtyard is an outdoor extension of the adjacent Ethos Space, proposed in the renovation plan for the West Mall Office Building and Battle Hall. In effect, the courtyard is an active axis that links the Ethos Space, Goldsmith Hall and Sutton Hall. In plan and as distinguished by material, the area of intervention can be seen as a carpet, signifying entry to the School’s nested campus and introducing the user to various civic activities. Reflection, discovery, and collaboration are accommodated through seating, path, and shade, respectively.

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in collaboration with MArch Kyle Engoian Instr. Hope Hasbrouck & David Heymann: Elective Studio Fall 2012

SOUTHEAST SECTION


Goldsmith Hall

Sutton Hall

balsa wood, museum board, cardboard & wire

West Mall Office Bldg


ZILKER PARK Austin, Texas

In this generative mapping exercise, I explore the spatial relationship between volumes of canopy and open space within Zilker Park, as well as the divisions created by roads and rivers. The model reveals the park as a composition of discrete cells, accentuates its landmarks and boundaries, and highlights its contrast to the Austin skyline and grid. Observations and analysis represented in the model informed the subsequent design and insertion of new program at Zilker Park. Discrete program cells, linked by a path, were distinguished from existing conditions by sensual vegetation and distinctive microtopographies.

22 MEREDITH ENTROP Instr. Hope Hasbrouck: Studio II Spring 2011

painted, hot-wire-cut insulation foam


SYSTEMS & SURFACE A transect and point, grid, contour and solid models were manually constructed to represent a segment of the Sierra Vieja Mountains in West Texas. The models explore the implications of different modeling techniques in representing topographic information. The transect involved extensive research of vegetation in the ecosystem—its relationship to soil types, slope, aspect, topographic elevation, wind, precipitation, temperature, and animal interactions—and explores how species selection contributes to the landscape’s structure, form, and change.

MEREDITH ENTROP Instr. Jason Sowell: Studio I Fall 2010

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WATER STUDY:

EMERGENCE & SENSATION A study of water was preliminary to the design of a hot springs complex. The photographs represent my exploration of the sensation of water, the process and experience of submergence into water, and the residual effects of having been in water. Details of the hot springs design sought to amplify these sensual experiences.

24 MEREDITH ENTROP Instr. Jason Sowell: Studio Fall 2010


SPRINGS & POOLS Marfa, Texas

A site drawing of a nearby town maps the intersection between the cultural and ecological systems that shape the West Texas landscape. Mapped features include the street grid, inscriptions on the land by oil, gas, and wind energy extraction, and a dramatic plateau that supports one of the largest wind farms in Texas. The mapping revealed field and line conditions that would inspire the design of a new complex for the Chinati Hot Springs, located on former ranchland in the Sierra Vieja Mountains of West Texas. The design of the hot springs complex engages the concept of field and line through vegetation, path, and the distribution of pools. The design seeks to dramatize inward/ outward experiences: the degree to which each of the twelve pools is enclosed or exposed to mountain views, shadow and light corresponds to the degree of intimacy to be experienced.

26 MEREDITH ENTROP Instr. Jason Sowell: Studio I Fall 2010

plasticine, cardboard base


pools

shadow/light SITE DRAWING | McCamey, Texas

SECTIONS | Springs & Pools

PLAN DIAGRAMS

paths

vegetation

mountain views

slope | cut | fill


CENTRAL TEXAS CEMETERY: LIFE CONCENTRATED Bastrop, Texas

A 1,500 acre cemetery for the growing Central Texas community was proposed within the area burned by the 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire. The existing site contained areas of concentrated burn and concentrated topographic change, which inspired the concept for the cemetery: a place of concentrated life, referring to people, memory and nature. Gathering areas and burial sites are concentrated in the highlands, and restored habitat within the lowlands. Headstones double as keepsake lockers, and memorial plaques may be fastened to trees in designated areas. These make tangible the memory of those past and collect over time. Bright moveable seating is made available to mourners to be arranged and grouped as needed. Both the color of site furniture and vegetation respond to its location on the site: warm colors within the burn area, cool colors outside of it. As time heals all things, eventually, these distinctions that memorialize the burn begin to blur. The proposal embraces change and highlights the passage of time, resulting in a place that is as much for the living as it is the deceased.

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Instr. Jason Sowell: Studio IV Spring 2012

proposed cemetery

Bastrop

people | circulation CONCENTRATIONS | Context

memory | cemetery

nature | park

burn


existing conditions CONCENTRATIONS | Site

memory | grave markers

people | circulation

nature | habitat


SECTION | Mausoleum

Helen Cookson May 3, 1933 February 23, 2012 Buda, Texas

MEMORIAL PLAQUE fastened to a designated tree by loved ones of the deceased

Helen Cookson May 3, 1933 February 23, 2012 Buda, Texas

MODULAR HEADSTONE number and arrangement of keepsake lockers determined by loved ones of the deceased

SECTION | Traditional Burial

SECTION | Scattering Field


NATURAL BURIAL

PROPOSED | Natural Burial


505 . 504 . 5897 meredith.entrop@gmail.com


Meredith Entrop, MLA 2013