BLA 2014 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
WOOLOOWARE GROVES This Sydney, Australia, suburb is designed to create a thriving community with an active waterfront that offers access to the harbor, intrinsic economic development, and a regional source of pride. Its blended neighborhoods embody a lively urban core that accommodates visitors and residents of all circles of life. Green streetscapes are integrated into the urban fabric and link the community to the native wildlife of the bordering mangrove swamp, while sustainable infrastructure provides Woolooware with renewable energy, a reduced urban heat island effect, and an overall sense of space.
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CASEY TREE FARM Casey Tree Farm is a multidisiplinary, 750 acre site along the Shenandoah River in West Virginia. Working in a group of three, our focus was to accentuate and enhance the rich natural resources of the river corridor. I concentrated my eơorts on the reclamation of the riparian river buơer (shown to the right) and the development of a vernal pool system (next page). These unique and underappreciated ecosystems target native wildlife to give the plants and animals an environment to thrive.
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These unique animals (examples idenƟĮed above) are idenƟfying species of vernal pools. If these creatures are found in a water source, it is automaƟcally a vernal pool because they require vernal pools for reproducƟon. The lack of aquaƟc predators makes vernal pools perfect to lay eggs and develop oīspring. Each spring, the obligate amphibians migrate up to 600 feet back to the vernal pool they were born in to reproduce. However, destrucƟon of the vernal pool habitat now threatens these animals.
WRIGHTSCAPE This project was a redesign of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ravine House in Batavia, IL. The house was originally built in 1906, but the landscape has since lost the distinct feeling of a Wright design. For this project, I used Wrightscape precedents to inspire the layout for a design that also includes the homeowner’s desires for a lap pool, Italian vegetable garden, and original farmhouse barn that was a part of Wright’s plan. Furthermore, my plan implements unique outdoor living spaces, bioswales to promote sustainability, and a detailed planting plan emphasizing the use of native species.
ALLERTON PARK COLOR GARDEN
This design was the product of a student competition hosted by the University of Illinois’ Robert Allerton Park. The parameters were to develop a plan for the park’s historical bulb garden that has been diminished into a vacant lot. I embraced the empty canvas by creating a multifunctional space centered on the concept of an artistic color wheel. My design utilizes an intensive, successional, planting plan with a vibrant seasonal display of color and texture. I also capitalized on the park’s overall theme of incorporating sculpture art into the gardens, and compounded it with the desired functionality of a wedding space. My design was selected by a panel of judeges as the competition’s overall winner and is scheduled to be implemented at the park next season. An award article for the project can be found at giving.illinois.edu/impact/impact3.html.
The primary intent of this design was to meet and exceed the needs of the Doty family by creating unique spaces at their Champaign home. These nodes include a morning garden and adult gathering space for Mr. and Mrs. Doty, a sandbox and rock slide for daughters Lilly and Lucy, and an outdoor dining area, family lounge, and pool for everyone to enjoy. Furthermore, each space takes on a unique feel through the use of plant groupings working in harmony. Viewpoints are focused on accent plants with ornamental interest, and planting arrangements that generate seasonal interest.
PLANT LIST 1. CORNUS FLORIDA FLOWERING DOGWOOD 2. HOSTA ‘NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS’ CHRISTMAS HOSTA 3. HOSTA ‘PATRIOT’ PATRIOT HOSTA 4. EUPHORBIA POLYCHROME CUSION SPUR 5. BRUNNERA MACROPHYLLA SIBERIAN BUGLASS 6. HYDRANGEA ARBORESCENS SMOOTH HYDRANGEA 7. PANICUM ‘PRAIRIEFIRE’ PRAIRIEFIRE PANICUM 8. NEPETA x FAASSENII NEPETA 9. HYPERICUM CALYCINUM ST. JOHN’S WART 10. ANDROPOGON GERARDII BIG BLUESTEM 11. KNIPHOPHIA ‘BRIMSTONE’ RED HOT POKER 12. BUDDLEJA DAVIDII BUTTERFLY BUSH 13. ROSA RUGOSA RUGOSA ROSE 14. HYDRANGEA QUERCIFOLIA ‘SNOW QUEEN’ OAKLEAF HYDRANGEA 15. LIROPE MUSCARI LILY TURF 16. CARYOPTERIS x CLANDONENSIS ‘LONG WOOD BLUE’ CARYOPTERIS 17. VIBURNUM PRUNIFOLIUM BLACKHAW VIBURNUM 18. CORNUS SERICEA ‘CARDINAL’ RED TWIG DOGWOOD 19. AMELANCHIER CANADENSIS DOWNY SERVICEBERRY 20. VINCA MINOR PERIWINKLE 21. RHODODENDRON ‘HOMEBUSH’ DWARF HOMEBUSH AZELEA 22. ILEX VERTICILLATA ‘NANA’ RED SPRITE WINTERBERRY 23. CORNUS ALBA ‘BAILHALO’ TATARIAN DOGWOOD 24. AGASTACHE ‘FIREBIRD’ GIANT HYSSOP 25. ACER X FREEMANII ‘AUTUMN BLAZE’ FREEMAN MAPLE 26. ATHYRIUM NIPONICUM var. PICTURM JAPANESE PAINTED FERN 27. RIBES ‘POORMAN’ GOOSEBERRY 28. ITEA VIRGINICA ‘HENRY’S GARNET’ VIRGINIA SWEETSPIRE 29. KNIPHOFIA ROOPERI ROOPER’S RED HOT POKER 30. CEPHALOTAXUS HARRINGTONIA ‘NANA’ COW’S TAIL PINE 31. CLEMATIS PANICULATA SWEET AUTUMN CLEMATIS
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HOMELAND The challenge presented with this project was to generate a visual narrative capturing the essence of a speciƤc time and place in my memory. I chose to depict the 4th of July celebrations from my childhood, a day that has had a profound impact on my life.
“The glory of the day rings resolute in my heart.
Annually, it unfolds in diligently scripted fashion. The fresh morning air waŌs into the bedroom, carrying with it the disƟnguished scent of crisped apple pie being pulled from the oven. The swiŌ paƩering of busied feet below signal the day’s diligent preparaƟon is in full swing, with special aƩenƟon paid to each diminuƟve detail. The pastries roast, the meat thaws, the streamers ŇuƩer, the Ňags Ňy, the tables have been carefully set, and there is a radiant glisten to our home. From the garage I hear the rousing start of the mower, primed for one more grooming of the lawn that will aptly aromaƟze the place with the summer scent of fresh-cut grass. The sun always shines on this day, as if God himself is smiling upon us. I too cannot help but grin as I rush out of bed to embrace the greatest day of the year, the 4th of July...”
ILLINI GROVE Three approaches to rendering: the the two on the right are drawn in pencil and focus on framework and lineweight, with the bottom right more developed in terms of shading and contrast. The drawing below explores charcoal as a new media.
MODERN WOODMEN PLAZA
As part of their efforts to modernize Modern Woodmen Park, beautify the surrounding river front property and provide fans of the River Bandits baseball team the best ballpark experience possible, the City of Davenport wanted a new outdoor recreation plaza and parking lot that would complement the stadium. I led a work crew from Bush Sports Turf in the installation and planting of this site. The finished product was a trademark for the stadium on its grand opening for the 2011 Minor League All-Star Game.
Prairie Place was a design solution to help alleviate the extensive impact of parking at Market Place Shopping Center in Champaign, IL. Working in a group of three, we repurposed 30% of the mallâ€™s existing parking by developing a working system of bioswale buĆĄers, planting nodes, and Midwest prairie reclamation. We designed a phased planting plan that utilized native species to generate seasonal interest.
MITCHEL THOMAS HEIAR
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