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contents Lakefront Station....................................3-10 Green LITE District................................11-18 REsearch..............................................19-24 The Green Frame..................................25-32 Capstone Landscape Mangement.........32-40


a bit about why i do this So..... why LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE? Because landscape architects not only have the opportunity, but the obligation to remake the world. This profession will lead the way to a more inhabitable planet for all the carbon based life forms that call it home. This is because we create the spaces in which people live their lives. Which means we have a chance to educate people (by way of the natural and built environment) about their world. When someone experiences a space, I believe that they should leave more informed about the world around them. This could mean they learn about the ecology, culture, history, tradition or whatever of that place; the point is that people learn from the landscape. In addition to being informative, landscape is dynamic. Nothing matches the cycles of erosion and deposition of a meandering river, or the seasonality of a prairie. I am in awe of the inherent change of the landscape, and to me that’s the true allure of landscape architecture over other design fields: the ability to create and let nature take it’s course. Landscape architecture can lead the way in changing the world, and that’s all I really want to do...change the planet. For better or worse the cumulative design choices of landscape architects along with architects, planners, engineers etc. will continue to have an impact on this planet. So, in as far as I can make that impact a positive one, that is my goal.


Lakefront Station Cleveland Design Competition 2009 public transit/infrastructure, team members: Noah Mabry and Singleton Hicks

Lakefront Station Site

Project Brief Generate ideas for a 21st century multi-modal transportation center for Cleveland’s North Mall.


1903 Group Plan

Lakefront Station Site

Lakefront Station Cleveland Design Competition

Historical, Cultural, and Physical Context

Mall and Lakefront Today

The 1903 Group plan called for a grand mall fortified at the north end by Union Station. Much of the plan was built, with neoclassical structures going up throughout the 1920’s and even into the 30’s. The signature train station, however, never materialized. On the shores of Lake Erie the site retains the cultural memory of Municipal Stadium and blue collar workers unloading ships and trains as Cleveland Harbor served as a major shipping port. Today the mall and lakefront serve as public space and are home to attractions including as The Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Science Museum and Browns Stadium. The Competition The purpose of the competition was to generate ideas for a new multi-modal station that would provide transportation options for local, regional and national users. This new station should encourage access for many different user-types and also bridge the physical gap between the mall and lakefront.


Design Concepts - Industrially Organic Referencing the industrial history of Cleveland as well as the nature of historic rail transit in the city the design calls for the repurposing of decommissioned shipping containers to form the basic building blocks of the train station and its surroundings. Inhabitable space can be formed by stacks of containers or within individual containers themselves. They can create landscape that folds seemlessly into structure or visa versa. Where does the building end and the landscape begin? They are one in the same. Containers can be flipped, cut, and reinforced. Ramps and walkways emerge as industrially organic forms. The landscape integrates itself into these forms and evokes a sense of rebirth while recalling and honoring the past.

Photoshop Sketch N. Mabry


Conceptual Sketches N. Mabry

Rainwater Runoff Filtration and Collection N. Mabry

Lakefront Station Cleveland Design Competition

Walkway Sketch N. Mabry

Walkways, ramps and vegetative elements. CONTAIN-O-VATOR! N. Mabry

The containers form massings that can be repeated and combined. N. Mabry

Wait....what exactly is ‘industrially organic’? Industrially Organic is not just layering plant material on industrial objects (although vegetation is a prime component, and alters the experiential qualities greatly). Rather it is the ‘naturally’ occurring forms and structures that originate from the repetition and tectonic tendencies of the industrial building pieces. Because shipping containers are designed to be both spatially and economically efficient they are ideal candidates for industrially organic construction materials.


SketchUp model of building S. Hicks

Lobby/Ticketing [Orange]

Visitors Center [Yellow]

Commuter Waiting [Green]

SketchUp model of park N.Mabry

VIP Waiting [Purple]

Amtrak Waiting [Blue]

Commuter Bike Center [Maroon]

SketchUp model of building S. Hicks

Lakefront Station and Park will create an easily traversable connection between the mall and waterfront. The raised walkway a bove the train platforms is a place where everyone can mingle. From the local pedestrian checking out the new Stones exhibit at the Rock Hall to the dreaded Steelers fan who caught the train from Pittsburg for the big game, this will be the gateway to downton Cleveland and the waterfront.


Lakefront Station Cleveland Design Competition SketchUp model of Lakefron Station and Park N.Mabry/S. Hicks

Rhino 3D context model overlayed with SketchUp model of Lakefron Station and Park N. Mabry

Rhino 3D wireframe model N. Mabry


Aerial view of Lakefront Station N. Mabry

Ramp leading from the park to the entrance of the train station. N. Mabry


Visitors can watch the trains arrive and depart while relaxing at Lakefront Station Park. N. Mabry

Competition Boards (36” x 48”) S. Hicks


Green LITE District Renewable Energy Corridor urban planning, business incubation

Lakefront Station Site


This site has an identity crisis. Dublin Rd. is a somewhat hit and miss office and warehouse corridor with empty buildings being a prominent feature. Across the river is the industrial corridor of McKinley Ave. Most of the companies occupying this area are viable, yet unsightly and environmentally harmful.

315 Research and Technology Corridor


GreenRenewable LITE District Energy Coridor

Where am I?


Green LITE Site Abandoned

State Route 33/Dublin Rd.

Retail/Office Brownfield Residential Brownfield

Industrial Mixed

The site is directly adjacent to the 315 Research and Technology Corridor and is already home to several technology-based companies. Mixed land use demonstrates the potential to host many different user groups. Brownfields and abandoned lots are directly adjacent to successful businesses, and the main roadway (Dublin Rd.) is for cars only. Pedestrians and cyclists are not safe or welcome.


Section depicting density, walkability and park space in the GLD

By capitalizing on the current mix of uses and proximity to the 315 R+T corridor the site can be transformed into a recognizable, distinct place. It will be a place to research new energy and other green technologies.

Urbanization is the goal. More walkable streets, common green space and connections for pedestrians and bicycles are essential. People already live here, but not enough. Expansion and integration of residential space will give life to an area that is currently only occupied between the hours of 9 and 5. By fostering industry and entrepreneurs in 21st century industries like biotechnology and alternative energy a new district unique in character and ambition will emerge. In short the area will be focused on Life, Innovation, Technology and Energy. It’s the Green LITE District.

Conceptual sketches


GreenRenewable LITE District Energy Coridor In order to inspire cohesion of place, branding plays a central role. The Green LITE District’s promotional materials would be an extension of the area. Street art stresses community. Ecologies are layered onto existing infrastructure and architecture to mitigate rainwater, rehabilitate brownfields and connect people through public spaces.


concepts and strategies

walkable streets High density, easily walkable neighborhoods get cars off the street and people together. The Green LITE’s wide sidewalks value foot power over internal 15 combustion.



renewable energy

old trade/new tech

Solar panels and wind turbines are not the only alternative energy source here in the Green LITE. A SynGas Plant will convert un-recyclable materials into a clean burning energy to power homes and businesses.

The Green LITE seeks to launch old industries (such as junk yards) into the 21st century! These programs will deal especially with site water management strategies to eliminate chemical contamination of the beautiful Scioto River.




2 + 2 = answer?





Here in the Green LITE we believe in the old adage about teaching a guy how to fish. We also believe that with all this new technology flying around new trades are bound to arise. So we will form partnerships with the Columbus Local Schools to train employees for these new jobs.

Because the new Green LITE District will undoubtedly be the premier destination in central Ohio for business and pleasure it is essential that it be connected locally and regionally. This will happen through light rail, bike trails, and sidewalks.





GreenRenewable LITE District Energy Coridor





REsearch: site development The Renewable Energy Co. corporate HQ public plaza and greywater recycling




Corporate Headquarters

Concrete Sidewalk Aggregate Base Block Retaining Wall Wood Decking Steel Deck Framing Poured Concrete Aggregate Base

Cor-Ten Tree Grate Planting Medium Aggregate for Drainage

This is a site specific example of what will happen in the Green LITE District. New ecologies are layered onto and connected with existing natural systems. These new ecologies tie together building systems to the ecologies in which they exist.


dublin rd.

building a






A native prairie will reduce carbon emissions and mitigate stormwater, not to mention save on maintenance time and costs.

building b PUBLIC ACCESS TO WATER provides a natural gathering place and encourages interaction between different user groups.

BOARDWALK/BIKE TRAIL gets cars off of the road and makes it easy for users to access the plaza and the waterfront.


plants hard at work

engaged users!


how stuff works

transparent pathways show



clean water reservoirs

water collected from multiple sources

moves through a series of filters

and is reused on-site

grey water reservoirs

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Grove City Master Plan The Green Frame urban planning, redevelopment Project produced while with Lincoln Street Studio.

01 greenframe The images on this page and opposite were produced for a powerpoint presentation given at a public meeting to the mayor and city council of Grove City, Ohio.

05 greenframe+paths+parks+parking

09 redevelopment+parking


02 greenframe+paths highlighted

03 roads+parking

04 greenframe+parks

06 redevelopment

07 redevelopment+retail

08 redevelopement+retail+historic

10 redevelopment+parking+greenframe

11 greenframe+redevelopment+parking+library

12 greenframe extents


The Green Frame concept provides a system in which redevelopment can take place. Street trees and a quarter mile walking radius constitute the founding elements of the new plan.


Grove City Master Plan The Green Frame This plan illustrates the Green Frame concept, as well as denoting the location of proposed and existing parks, opportunities for redevelopment and historical buildings important to the character of Grove City.


There are two major roadways which run from east to west in the urban core. The one which lies to the north is Columbus Street, which is mostly residential. To the south Park Street has more of a mixed use character. It is home to businesses, the police department, the community library, an elementary school, as well as single family homes. The Lincoln Street plan called for more pedestrian access as well as taking advantage of developable space to increase the overall market value of the area.

Park Street



Grove City Master Plan The Green Frame

Section and plan of typical one way alley.

Section and plan of typical two way alley.

In order to maximize all of the usable space within the urban core of Grove City new businesses and residences will be built along the alleyways. Options for both one way and two way streets were developed.

Sketches of alley way concepts.


Grove City Master Plan The Green Frame SketchUp model of the Green Frame. Columbus Street is shown paved in brick to encourage pedestrian traffic.


Capstone Landscape Mgmt. Projects Built and/or scheduled for Construction All Drawings/Designs by Noah Mabry

Martin Residence The Martin’s home is a late 70’s modernist building that seems out of place in the Dublin, Ohio subdivision in which it is located. The flat lawn ends in a mound that seems to exist only as a makeshift landform into which the sloping roof can terminate. The goal for this project is to transform that mound into a transitional space between the standard suburban lawn and unconventional form of the house. The conceptual basis for the design is a naturalized area demarcated with cut limestone outcroppings that relate to the multi layered roof and architectural style of the house. Several variations on this concept were presented to the client.


Capstone LandscapeMartin Mgmt. Residence

Wildflower option with and without trees.


Three-C Body Shop Corporate Headquarters A leader in the auto body repair industry Three-C’s corporate headquarters are located in Columbus, Ohio. Due to a road widening project along State Route 3 and Briggs Road the portion of the property that fronts these busy thoroughfares require a complete landscape restoration.


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Capstone Landscape Mgmt. Three C Body Shop

Briggs Road Site Conditions

Briggs Road Entrance

Rt. 3 building frontage

Rt. 3 building frontage


Conceptual plan

Curry Residence A new development in a part of the Short North Arts District the Curry’s small back yard was a prime location for a private courtyard style garden. Clay brick pavers evoke the feel of the historic streets found throughout the Short North. Specimen trees anchor the corners while a slow growing bamboo variety offer a vegetated privacy wall.

Site Conditions


Capstone LandscapeCurry Mgmt. Residence

Conceptual Montage: Day

Conceptual Montage: Night

Construction Drawing for concrete block stairs with brick inlay.


Planting Plan (above) and Plant Schedule (below)


Completed project photos.


Capstone LandscapeCurry Mgmt. Residence

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NMM: Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

Selected works in the field of landscape architecture by Noah Michael Mabry.