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natalie webb landscape architecture portfolio


about me people first live. work. play. the great outdoors urban agriculture abstract resume


about me I am a designer: a problem solver and creative thinker. I have been given the opportunity and responsibility to improve the quality of life for those around me by finding creative solutions to everyday problems. I believe a more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future begins with designers such as myself, who are willing to take on not only the most pressing issues of our generation, but also the smaller challenges of everyday life.


people first Social infrastructure is the range of activities, organizations, and facilities supporting the formation, development and maintenance of social relationships in a community. People interacting with other people, nature, and different places shape the character of a space. By starting small with catalyst neighborhoods such as Ingleside, social infrastructure will continue to be rebuilt in the Kansas City Metro Region. “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”


restoring the ingleside neighborhood kansas city, missouri The Ingleside neighborhood is characterized by low-income residents living in low-valued homes. The area has seen a 14.3% population decrease from 1990-2000, and is expected to lose more residents if no intervention is made. The residents of the neighborhood want to see a positive change in their neighborhood through encouraging redevelopment, keeping the neighborhood clean, establishing a unified a community and creating a relationship with community leaders. The Ingleside Neighborhood Restoration proposal focuses on social infrastructure to make the changes Ingleside residents want to see. median

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20,167 income Three major street renovations will serve as catalysts for future neighborhood restoration. The renovations provide starting points for improvements to expand to surrounding neighborhoods and promote infill in the Ingleside neighborhood.

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Understanding what the people of the Ingleside neighborhood want to see change in their community is at the forefront of the Ingleside Neighborhood Restoration proposal.


Streetscape renovations were identified as crucial to the redevelopment of the Ingleside neighborhood by residents. New streetscapes encourage existing building renovations, pedestrian safety and will help beautify the neighborhood for residents and visitors. The 27th street, 31st street and Linwood Boulevard Renovations are catalyst streets capable of expanding the success to surrounding neighborhoods.

The basic streetscape model includes public transportation and vehicle lanes, street trees, bicycle lanes and pedestrian sidewalks. In addition, buildings in need of renovations should include highly permeable storefronts.


Greenwood Elementary School is an architecturally unique building to be retrofitted into a mixed-use building that serves the Ingleside neighborhood.

Greenwood Elementary School has been identified by residents as an opportunity to reinvest in the neighborhood. The historic school, built in 1906, is most suitable for residential or mixed-use purposes, with education, commercial or community purposes still options for reuse. The Retrofit Greenwood proposal provides upper floor low-income residential units and

first floor business. Ideally, local business looking to serve the neighborhood area would move into the first floor of the building. The gymnasium and auditorium will be rented out for community events, or open daily to give local children and teens a place to play and grow.


the great outdoors Children and adults alike need outdoor spaces to play, live and learn. Manhattan, Kansas has numerous parks, baseball diamonds and soccer fields, but the area lacks a place for people to be in nature away from complete structure. The Allen-Garrett Ranch creates a place for children and adults to reconnect with the natural environment. “Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.� - Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth


allen-garrett ranch rural manhattan, kansas The Allen-Garrett Ranch proposal is an 80-acre outdoor park that includes campgrounds, cabins, fishing areas, bicycle and hiking trails, campfire pits, welcome centers and indoor camp gathering spaces, cafeteria space, and paintball and archery fields. The land has many topographic changes and ecological thresholds throughout the site that should be preserved, and used as an educational opportunity for visitors, which parallels the values of the current land owners.

Activities such as paintball and archery are offered as recreational activities at the ranch.

The Allen-Garrett Ranch promotes interaction with nature by placing activities and lodging in areas enclosed by the topography and ecology of the land.


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Prairie burning controls the growth of invasive woody species while allowing the prairie grasses to dominate the landscape.

Without controlled prairie burning, invasive woody species will mature and large deciduous trees will eventually dominate the landscape.

Prairie burning is an essential tool used to control the growth of woody plants in the prairie ecosystem. The Allen-Garrett Ranch is home to few, but large Eastern Red Cedar thickets, which are invasive to the area. In this case, controlled prairie burns would help eliminate smaller invasive woody species, but the larger thickets must be removed using other methods.

Understanding and appreciating nature through recreational activities is the goal of the Allen-Garrett Ranch.

Selective prairie burning is helpful at the Allen-Garrett Ranch to allow a variety of ecosystems to be observed and experienced by visitors to the site. Burning also creates and maintains spaces for campsites, paintball and archery fields, and hiking and biking trails.


live. work. play. The need for a vibrant, unique environment for the people of Downtown Wichita became the driving factor in the design of the Knightley District. A European-alley inspired block creates a place unlike anything downtown currently has to offer. The Knightley District proposal pushes Downtown Wichita to think forward and create a place in the city that residents want to live, work and play. The Knightley District proposal is a design product of a studio sponsored by the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation. American Planning Association Kansas Chapter New Horizon Award 2013


the knightly district downtown wichita, kansas The Knightley District proposal accommodates the increasing population of Downtown Wichita users. By retrofitting the existing Knightley parking garage on site and proposing a mixed-use development, users have the chance to live, work and play within a city block.. The unique character of the Knightley parking garage is preserved, but is retrofitted into a new civic building. The interior of the building reflects Wichita’s rich aviation history by utilizing recycled airplane parts for recreation..

Red paper airplanes help direct pedestrians through the space.

The Knightley District proposal utilizes building density and open space to enhance the urban experience of Downtown Wichita users.


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The European inspired alley includes storefronts that face both the interior and exterior of the block, with centralized service corridors. Theses storefronts are highly permeable with glazing or garage door openings, patio seating where applicable and generous awnings that enclose and protect pedestrian users. Upper floor residential units have access to private balconies, inspired by the curved geometry of the Knightley parking garage, and overlook the bustling alley. The activated alley creates a unique sense of place in Downtown Wichita.


urban agriculture in developing countries an abstract Urban agriculture is a sustainable and equitable way of addressing food security in underdeveloped and developing countries because it supplies food to people who may not be able to afford or have access to fresh food. It has the potential to serve many urban problems including urban food security, food deserts, and the problems with anti-hunger organizations. “One’s right to be fed needs to embrace one’s right to feed oneself,” - L. Mougeout, For Self-Reliant Cities: Urban Food Production in a Globalizing South Through literature review and case studies, this research paper advocates that urban agriculture could begin to solve the issue of food security in developing countries. By exploring urban agriculture as an equitable and sustainable method for food availability, access and use (definition of food security by the World Health Organization). Urban agriculture not only feeds people, but teaches them to provide their own food.


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resume education master of landscape architecture Kansas State University LAAB-accredited 5 year degree Anticipated Graduation: May 2015

skills drafting Auto CAD Civil 3D, Google SketchUp adobe creative suite Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign hand rendering Colored pencil, pen & ink, marker, watercolor arc gis microsoft office Word, Excel, Powerpoint

activities american society of landscape architects National membership 2011 to present Kansas State University student chapter membership 2011 to present kansas state university college of architecture, planning and design Student Ambassador 2011 to present Residence Hall Architecture Floor Student Representative 2011


natalie webb 1913 Anderson Apt. 201 Manhattan, Kansas 785.259.6132 nwebb@ksu.edu

experience landscape architecture intern Fort Hays State University Facilities Planning Summer 2012 Scope: project site visits, project site inventory and analysis needed to submit appropriate design proposals, four conceptual design drawing sets for on-campus sites identified through site inventory and analysis, conceptual drawings produced in Auto CAD Civil 3D, and drawings rendered by hand using marker, colored pencil or graphite. Projects: Agnew Hall residential courtyard Memorial Union parking green Martin Allen Hall plaza Gross Memorial Coliseum entrance plazas, thread tshirt shop Graphic designer 2012 to current Scope: custom garment design, printing methods, work order management for projects including design creation, garment ordering, design printing and customer communication.

interests Graphic Design Night Photography, High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography



Landscape Architecture 2013