PORTFOLIO LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
MYLES GREGORY SIMON
01 | THEMATIC OBJECT TENNIS RACQUET Sophomore form-giving
02 | WORLDS END REDESIGN CAPSTONE project
03 | ESSEX STEAM TRAIN CASE STUDY CAPSTONE project
04 | STREET TREE STUDY CASE STUDY CTASLA Guest Speaker
05 | UCONN: SUNDIAL PLAZA CD Undergraduate studio
06 | INTERNSHIP
Town of Mansfield
07 | RECREATIONAL ART EXTRA Extracurricular
DURATION 2 months
â€œThe way of the creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.â€? ~ Alexander Pope. Creative works stir from the ability to create and transform landscapes and begins from the delicate phases of imagination. Being able to take literal objects and incorporate them into the landscape to turn imagination into reality. Transformation is a the beauty of life as much as it is a beauty to creativity.
- SECTION OF LANDFORM
TENNIS RACQUET TRANSFORMATIONS Object selected was a tennis racquet. My objective was to create imaginary landforms from physical object through transformations and physical analysis. Using grid layout inspired from the tennis nylon net using the oval shape of the head of the racquet as the landform shape.
- TENNIS RACQUET LANDFORM
DURATION 3 month
Based out of Essex, CT The Valley Railroad Company had been servicing the lower Connecticut River Valley since 1971. The VRC continues to keep alive the rich mechanical , industrial and transportation heritage of our state through ongoing operation of vintage steam and diesel locomotives , passenger coaches and the infrastructure to support these.
ESSEX STEAM TRAIN
ESSEX STEAM TRAIN ANALYSIS The Essex steam train has a long history of success but in recent years the landscape does not represent their success very well. The property is very dry and contains several brown fields. The objective assigned by the Essex Steam train was to design a space that will provide a land-swap with the surrounding companies that would create adequate parking (increase of 200 parking spaces) and an environment that will stimulate interest to stay within the site when visiting.
- PARCEL MAP
- SUMMERY ANALYSIS
- EXISTING MOVEMENT/DESTINATIONS
-CONCEPT PARCEL MAP
ESSEX STEAM TRAIN PROPOSAL Initially, the protect scope was only suppose to include the Essex steam train , but with recent discoveries on the imposed forces of the site, it was concluded that involving all players of the block into the design because they will all have something to gain from the design and not much to lose. With design influences stimulating from a steam train in literal context, the design created is suppose to represent the internal components of a steam train engine and propulsion. The bright colors are influenced by Superkilien Park, Copenhagen, Denmark. This design includes the opportunity to utilize the colorful core as a plaza as well as a space to have carnivals and sell food with concession stands. Vegetation in the upper and lower side is meant to help naturally remediation the brown fields that will be taken over.
-PROPOSED MASTER PLAN
-PROPOSED MOVEMENT/DESTINATION -SUPERKILIEN PARK INSPIRATON
DESIGN ELEMENTS -MEDALLION TOKEN FOR PASSENGERS .
STEAM TRAIN FIRE CHAMBER
-SUPERKILIEN PARK AERIAL
-FIRE TROUGH PATH
DURATION 1 month
World’s End in Hingham, MA is an island in high tide off the tip of Hingham , MA that has a direct view of Boston , MA. World’s End was once one of Massachusetts’ most threatened coastal landscapes. In 1890, plans were drawn up for a 163-house residential subdivision but was soon moved to New York . Twenty years later, it was a possible site for a nuclear power plant but in 1967 The Trustees and surrounding communities were able to preserve this as a special place keeping it from being built upon.
WORLD’S END SPIRALS The site has two high-points which have a power to them. The site is already in a powerful location being that it is external from the mainlands.
- SPIRAL JETTY
- CUT/FILL GRID
- FIBONACCI SPIRAL
- “SPRIAL JETTY” BY ROB SMITHSON
- YELLOW CHAMOMILE FLOWER
- WORLD’S END - CUT/FILL IN SITE
- SUMMARY ANALYSIS
- VEGETATION CONCEPT
WORLDâ€™S END CONCEPT This concept deals with the idea of two forces working together. Two spirals inspired by Fibonacci explaining exponential growth spiraling in two different directions created an interesting visual . the vegetation helps gravitate pedestrians to the center or the edge of the site. To keep the site forested is a decision made based off of recent demands for what locals wanted from the site since moving to the town . there are a few walking trails through out the site but needed new trials to give residents new options to walk around.
DURATION 3 months
Over the Summer of 2015 , a few UCONN Landscape Architects were selected to be student speakers at the CTASLA in order to educate and bring to attention the importance of planting the right tree in the right place to prevent pruning and ruining the integrity of New England style roads and highways.
CTASLA Case Study
ASLA: STREET TREE STUDY
RIGHT TREE IN THE RIGHT PLACE There are many options for trees that are can be utilized to soften streetscapes but a lot of landscapers and designers plant trees that are not suited for the task. Connecticut Light and Power has created a rule of thumb that implements the idea of trimming trees a specific setback from power lines to prevent outcomes of the winter storms the state of Connecticut had in 2013. As a precaution these setbacks have been followed since then dramatically reducing power outages throughout the state while on the downside, erasing the look of a New England Landscape. This case study is used to show which trees we can use in order to preserve our New England streets and continue to have streets that have tree canopies.
Specifications are 15 feet above utility equipment , 10 feet below and 8 feet to the side. Tall-growing trees under power lines are selectively removed. Branches are cut according to national standards to reduce harm to the tree and limit re-sprouting ; limbs are removed at main branching points or the main trunk. SUFFIELD SITE LOCATION MAP
DURATION 1 month
Draft construction documents for the Sundial Plaza located in front of the Universityâ€™s Union Building. The design for the building is already implemented and our task was to prove our ability to draft details, CDs and proficiency in AutoCAD.
UCONN: SUNDIAL RESTORATION
SUNDIAL PLAZA The Sundial Plaza is a structure located at the end of University of Connecticutâ€™s Union quad. The task of this CD was to showcase our skill have developed to the end of our junior year for the final of our advanced construction course.
FINISHED GRADE OF ADJACENT LAWN
3 PAVER DETAILS PEDESTRIAN AREAS
Scale: 1-1/2" " = 1'-0"
1 BITUMINOUS PAVEM LIGHT DUTY
ASPHALT PAVEMENT OR LAWN WHERE INDICATED ON PLAN
ANCHOR BOLT SPACING SHALL BE DETERMINED BY BOLLARD LIGHT MANUFFACTURER
FINISHED GRADE CONCRETE PAVEMENT WHERE INDICATED ON PLAN. EXPANSION JOINT W/ SEALER
3/8 " DIA. BY 12" LONG (MIN) ANCHOR BOLTS. FOUR REQUIRED
5 BOLLARD LIGHT CONC. BASE (ROUND)
Scale: 1-1/2" = 1'-0"
26" SQ. 20" SQ.
15 34" DIA.
2 1" 2 221"
FRAME AND GRATE NEENAH R-6670-A1 OR APPROVED EQUAL
1" WEEP HOLES ONE EACH SIDE
FINISH GRADE. EQUAL PAVEMENT SEALER 5'-0 MIN.
1" ASPHALT TOP COURSE 2" ASPHALT BINDER COUURSE
REINFORCING 6"X6/10X10 W.W.M.
8" FOUNDATION COURSE ASPHALT PRIMER
COMPACTED SUBGRADE FREE OF SOIL
SEE PLAN FOR SIZE AND INVERTS OF PIPES
10" 1 12"
ENT Scale: 1-1/2" " = 1'-0"
10" 1 21"
7 LAWN INLET LIGHT-DUTY PRECAST
NOTE STRUCTURE TO BE PLACED ON UNDISTURBED SUBSOIL OR COMPACTED RUN-OF-CRUSHER AGGREGATE
Scale: 1" = 1'-0"
DURATION 1 month
Community Design Scholarship was awarded to Students who successfully developed concepts that can rationally be built. Though the designs were conceptional to push the bounds of creativity , the Town of Mansfield hand selected which designs would be implemented and awarded scholarships to the students who were accepted into the next phases of the design process.
COMMUNITY DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP
POCKET PARKS The Town of Mansfield , CT had hired UCONN students to develop and create concept â€œPocket Parksâ€? for the spaces adjacent to the large buildings , in order to create parks and plazas that can be utilized by the public instead of just for walking though . The designs concepts focused on connectivity and recreation. A few locations had multiple concepts in order to give the town more options in selecting which concept they would enjoy to see built and utilized on the site. After many meetings with the town , we downsized the ideas to just a few that could be seen built .
-BRIDGE CONCEPT 1
-BRIDGE CONCEPT 2
-DOG PARK CONCEPT
-POST OFFICE CONCEPT
-BEER GARDEN CONCEPT
-PARK/ BEER GARDEN
-PLAT/ BEER GARDEN SECTION
Drawing stimulates my imagination stimulating my creativity which in turn ensures my creative flow never ends. As of right now , my artwork mainly focuses on portraits of celebrities as well as friends and families.
EDUCATION University of Connecticut | 2016
Bachelor of Science Landscape Architecture
CREC: Great Path Academy | 2011 High school Diploma
LA INTERNSHIPS Yard Group LLC. | Summer 2015
Designed and built residential landscapes
Town of Mansfield | Spring 2016
Designed concepts for Town of Mansfield
AWARDS + RECOGNITIONS ASLA Guest Speaker| Summer 2015
Spoke on the importance of reducing street tree trimming in the state of CT.
Community Design Award | Summer 2015
Scholarship awarded to Students who performed the best during internship for Mansfield
SKILLS -Hand Drafting Digital Drafting -Hand Drawing Graphic Rendering -Hand Modeling 3D Modeling -Photoshop Auto CAD -Microsoft Office InDesign -ArcGIS SketchUP
MYLES G. SIMON LOCATION Bloomfield , CT E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE 860-655-8099