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NATHANIEL CARVIN PORTFOLIO


MY NAME IS NATHANIEL CARVIN, AND I AM A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT. STARTING IN HIGH SCHOOL I WAS A PART OF A CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION KNOWN AS ODYSSEY OF THE MIND. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM I LEARNED MY PASSION FOR NOT JUST ANTICS AND OVER THE TOP CREATIONS, BUT FOR PROBLEM SOLVING AND RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF IDEAS; CULMINATING IN THE GRATIFICATION RECEIVED FROM HAVING CREATED SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING.

HOWEVER A DIVERSE BACKGROUND ALSO INFLUENCED ME TO BECOME A DIVERSE DESIGNER, DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF

NOT JUST LANDSCAPE, BUT ALL NECESSARY ELEMENTS CAPABLE OF IMPACTING THE HUMAN WORLD. THROUGHOUT MY TENURE AS A STUDENT I HAVE GAINED A PASSION FOR UNDERSTANDING BETTER HOW A LANDSCAPE IS MORE THAN JUST NATURAL ELEMENTS, BUT A COMPLEX SYSTEM THAT EVOLVES AND CHANGES AS IT INTERACTS WITH PEOPLE. IT IS THIS PREMISE THAT DRIVES ME AS A DESIGNER, TO CREATE PLACES THAT NOT

ONLY BETTER THE LIVES OF OTHERS, BUT PLACES ALSO RICH IN DETAIL AND FUNCTION. GROWING UP IN A SMALL FARM TOWN THE PEOPLE

AND LANDSCAPES WERE SO ALIKE; AND THIS HARDWORKING, PRODUCTIVE BALANCE BECAME AN EXAMPLE OF THE POTENTIAL SUCCESS GAINED FROM AN ACTIVE LANDSCAPE. MY GOAL IS A RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW PLACES FIT BEST TOGETHER, HOW

NATURAL PROCESSES AND HUMAN ACTIVITY CAN INTERACT AS ONE. THE IMPACT I WISH TO LEAVE BEHIND IS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER WHAT EXISTED BEFORE, AND A BETTERMENT OF THOSE AROUND ME. I SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THE WORLDS IN WHICH WE ALL LIVE AND

THRIVE THROUGH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE. MY CONTINUED GROWTH AND UNDERSTANDING THROUGHOUT DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES CAN ONLY EQUIP ME TO BETTER BRIDGE NATURAL AND HUMAN PROCESSES IN WAYS THAT IMPROVE THE LIVES AND ENVIRONMENTS OF OTHERS. MY NAME IS NATHANIEL CARVIN, AND I AM A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT.

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table of contents INTERN WORK 01

VACANT LOTS PROGRAM

PELLA SIGNS

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STUDENT WORK 03

LOUISVILLE ULI COMPETITION

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COMMUNITY GARDEN GLEN ECHO RAVINE

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DESIGN DOCUMENTS ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

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CORN BELT STUDY 3


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CITY OF COLUMBUS VACANT LOTS PROGRAM

city of columbus - land redevelopment office neighborhood design center

The City of Columbus reached out to the Neighborhood Design Center when it recognized an issue throughout not only its low income neighborhoods, but the city as a whole. The City Government realized it needed to address its vacant lots and the deteriora ng quality of these spaces city-wide. Through preliminary research of successful programs from other ci es, I formed a series of templates in two categories, generic and custom. These templates range in program, cost, and complexity based on the needs of each lot and preferences of the neighborhood. Specifica ons on plan ng and maintenance were provided to ensure las ng quality for the lifespan of each lot.

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Precedent examples

Template examples


CITY OF COLUMBUS VACANT LOTS PROGRAM

Template renderings

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PELLA COMPANY RETAIL SIGNS RE-DESIGN

pella company - george ypsilantis

neighborhood design center - with larissa stauffer

The second project featured from the Design Center is a group of signs Original signs designed for three businesses located in one building in the “Old North” district of Columbus. The two featured are: Rendezvous Hair Salon and Bossy Grrl’s Burlesque Bar. Each sign was cited for code viola on, therefore throughout the process of graphically rebranding each business we also considered the mount and specs of how the signs will be hung. Each design posed a unique challenge. For Rendezvous, the clients were designers and stylists, with different tastes to sa sfy. Bossy Grrl’s promiscuous design required approval by a campus area board. In the end Rendezvous gave us a design to modify, and Bossy Grrl’s managed to clear approval on the first pass. The final designs were each similar to their originals; Rendezvous desired a brand reflec ng their trade, hence shears graphically combined with their name, and Bossy Grrl’s selected a new girl from a series of pin-ups, centering her to reiterate the bar’s burlesque theme. These designs were then mounted to the facade above each business with considera on to size and visibility.

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Installation concepts

Design proposals


PELLA COMPANY RETAIL SIGNS RE-DESIGN

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Final signs with installation

Final graphics

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larch 4960 - deborah georg independent student design

HOUS ING S PINE

OPPORTUNITY AREA

ULTURALLY RICH DOWNTOWN

The city of Louisville features a thriving downtown and diverse parks system, however it also holds opportunis c areas between these strong features. One such neighborhood was directly West of downtown Louisville, where several constraints had turned a low-income neighborhood into a through-way between higher income housing and downtown jobs. The goals feature two facets, a riverfront park and a mul -use neighborhood south of it. The proposal breaks down the design into three development phases, first the park to a ract business and residents to the neighborhood, second a retail gateway where jobs and ac vity can occur beyond the park, and finally a mixed-use housing Design Breakdown spine with cultural corridors that accommodate both projected and exis ng residents. These elements all flow together through strong axes, and are meant to draw people from IMMER SIVE PA RK their homes down the north / south corridors to their places of work or R E T A I L G A T to the park for events and an escape E W A Y from the urban fabric. This design is meant to be a unique space unto C U LT U R CORRID A L itself, providing ameni es not seen C U LT U ORS R CORRID A L in other parks or downtown while ORS not directly compe ng with the established des na ons in Louisville. 8

DEMOGRAPHICALLY POPULOU NEIGHBORHOOD

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LOUISVILLE WATERFRONT URBAN DESIGN

PARK DEVELOPMENT

URBAN DEVELOPMENT

(URBAN EXTENSION)

Study diagrams

Spacial Breakdown


LOUISVILLE WATERFRONT URBAN DESIGN

Louisville Waterfront Masterplan

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Workflow

Flood mitigation

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GERALD D. HINES STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

urban land institute

student design team - rebecca caprini, kyle hoehnen, patrick lynch, emily knox, fran rivera

Canal rendering


GERALD D. HINES STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION The Hill site plan

Green roof network

Circulation

Development phasing

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The 2014 Gerald D Hines Student Urban Design Compe on put on by the Urban Land Ins tute addressed Nashville this year, with a specific focus on the Sulphur Dell historic neighborhood. Teams of mixed majors, our specifically had landscape architecture, architecture, city and regional planning, marke ng, and finance, competed for two weeks toward their own development proposals given a list of what the City and its residents desired for the vision of the area. Our proposal was called The Hill, or a series of undula ng greenroof boulevards with varying programma c elements interspersed, containing various uses and programmes. My specific contribu on was the design of the retail corridor, en tled The Canal, and its applica on for both retail and residen al occupancy of the buildings framing the axis. It’s connec ons to the rest of the site vary programma cally and aesthe cally, without domina ng the other spaces in scale or me of usage.

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GODMAN GUILD COMMUNITY GARDEN

iwul - katherine bennett

student design and construction team

The Godman Guild Community Garden is a project designed by a graduate level studio during a spring semester, with construc on completed by our student team during the immediate summer. Shown here are many of the refinements and documents created to help explain the modularity of each structure, meant to improve or simplify home gardening prac ces in some manner. Placed in the Weinland Park neighborhood in Columbus, this is a community widely considered a food desert. The need for small gardens in which to grow local foods is high, and this garden acts as both a constructed works project as well as a template for experimen ng with new modular gardening prac ces. The process occurred over three months, during which we also played host to students from Thailand and Vietnam, touring many of Ohio’s recent research projects on gardening prac ces and modularity, as well as assis ng our guests in experiencing American culture as only Columbus can provide. The completed garden s ll remains ac ve as a model for the community to come and both learn and grow.

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Schematic + final plans


GODMAN GUILD COMMUNITY GARDEN

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Site + work images

Construction drawings

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GLEN ECHO RAVINE PROPOSAL

larch 252 - jacob boswell independent student design

Tree survey

Existing sketches

Current conditions

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GLEN ECHO RAVINE PROPOSAL

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Site + work images

Momentous proposals

Site plan iterations

The Glen Echo Ravine proposal is situated in Clintonville, OH, with my par cular focus on a branch of the ravine currently underdeveloped; featuring only beaten paths on steep slopes along a stream. The proposal begins with a graphic documenta on and analysis, studying condi ons, hor culture, and spaces; to be er understand the shortcomings of the current condi ons. Then a series of itera ons refining a central peninsula as a des na on for the en re ravine, rather than unnecessarily disturbing the en re Glen Echo Ravine. Through use of natural elements; ferns, granite, and wooden slats, the peninsula takes on a characteris c of its own, becoming a hub for the purposed entrances into the ravine. With careful considera on for the natural environment, the human interac on with the ravine is heightened to showcase its hidden beauty and improve upon the current experience. 15


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BUCKEYE LAKE CORPORATE HQ - DD SET

larch 272 - karla trott independent design studio

The following two pages contain Design Documents and Construc on Documents completed as part of a class emphasizing these documents. The le page features work done with a given structure, in my case the Farnsworth House, that required design documents to reveal why it is situated at its specific point in a large-scale site we visited. Shown are documents on construc on of the house in the landscape, and plan ng as well as spot eleva ons and dimensions to complete the set. The right page was more site modifica on focused through its DD sets, given two generic rectangle buildings that were to be situated on a ridge overlooking Buckeye Lake. The emphasis of these documents was water mi ga on, including plan ngs, cut and fill, and grading with swales and reten on to ensure proper standards of water mi ga on. Encouraged throughout these document sets were ADA standards and considera on for plan ng types and func ons with each placement. 16


FARNSWORTH HOUSE TEMPLATE - DD SET

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larch 272 - rob hilbert independent design studio

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independent graphic work c a r v i n . 1 @ o s u . e d u

The Ohio State Odyssey of the Mind Student Organiza on is a student organiza on that I started and operated as a first me OSU organiza on in 2014. Because of its infancy, recruitment and adver sement were both necessary for members and notoriety. Yet despite the whimsical ac vi es the compe on promotes, a certain level of professionalism should always be maintained as the founder and president of a student organiza on. The featured items here reflect both these requirements, graphically cap va ng recruitment posters as well as business cards for oďŹƒcers. However the largest takeaway from this organiza on is not the graphic design, but rather the founda on of a firstme student organiza on and the challenges and demands of first year opera ons with inten ons for sustained success.

student organization

P R E S I D E N T

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ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

an international creative problem solving competition

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CORN BELT GRAPHIC STUDY larch 7890 - rob holmes

independent graphic study

Corn Belt - Chemical Inputs

petrolium nitrogen Primarily petrolium based, the other chemically produced technology used in the production of corn is pesticides. These vary widely in type and compound, and are produced with oil based products at a manufacturing plant before disbursement. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus compromise the primary elements of chemically produced fertilizer. These elements are processed at a manufacturing plant to the specifications of the order before being shipped to the farm.

potassium

production and use of chemical agents phosphorus

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The corn belt graphic study is a theore cal research project aimed at discovering how human prac ces can alter natural processes enough to create a new landscape, or as the class was en tled; A New American Wilderness. My research focused on the Corn Belt, and more specifically the farming prac ces and inputs that altered the landscape both directly adjacent to farmland as well as ecologies in regions more distant. chemical manipulations of corn as a technology carvin Beginning with a meline of farming evolu on, the following two boards discuss both natural inputs and human disturbances on local and manufacturing plant grand scales. Seen le is the human manipula on board, revealing how non-organic pes cides and fer lizers aect local landscapes and ecologies. The series culminates in a fourth and final board, revealing how these ac vi es e together, crea ng A New American Wilderness in individual corn fields across the Midwest, and larger bodies of water to the north and south of the region.

Aerial dumping of pesticides over corn fields ensures complete coverage and removal of undesirable species / predators to crops. Also ensures crops themselves can absorb the chemicals.

aerial crop dusting tractor and boom

Since corn is a shallow rooted crop, fertilizers are spread across the surface of a cornfield and allowed to penetrate the ground. Through this method, very little of the overall fertilizer is actually absorbed by corn and a majority is subject to runoff.

Result of chemical manipulations to corn fields are a monospecies dependent on human manipulation for proper growth

pesticides cover everything to remove undesirable species

fertilizer unabsorbed by plants to enter water table

water table to watershed Majority of elements in fertilizer as well as chemical products are not absorbed and rather enter tributaries, eventually entering nearby bodies of water. Often adverse environmental and human health effects can be linked to this runoff.

cycle of agents and environment

nitrogen

Removal of any predators and tertiary predators as a result of pesticide use petrolium

potassium

Introduction of fertilizer due to bred dependency on artificial nutrients

fertilizer-dependent mature corn

Attraction of new predators and immunity of old predators

pesticide induced monoculture phosphorus

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