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NOUR ALKHOURI LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT P O R T F O L I O

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NOUR ALKHOURI LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE PORTFOLIO SAMPLE 2018


CURRICULUM VITAE

Bahraini - Lebanese

(+961)3790306

alkhourinour@gmail.com

PROFILE

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

SKILLS

Mid level Landscape Architect seeking a position that utilizes my knowledge and skills in the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environment.

DESIGN AND CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT Intuitively combining innovative design with sustainable strategies

LANGUAGES Arabic English French Swedish

EDUCATION LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE - May 2015

TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION Expressing ideas and contributing in a constructive manner. Continuously learning from others CRITICAL THINKING Developing creative and innovative approaches to addressing all types of challenges LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT Leading offshore - international projects

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE - BA - May 2014 American University of Beirut - Lebanon HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE - June 2010 Soeurs des Saints Coeurs College - Lebanon

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY DAR AL HANDASAH- MULTIDISCIPLINARY FIRM LEBANON Landscape Architect July 2014 - Present DAR AL HANDASAH- MULTIDISCIPLINARY FIRM LEBANON Internship 8 Weeks BERNARD KHOURY DW5- ARCHITECTURE FIRM LEBANON 5 Weeks

WORKSHOPS IBDAA EXHIBITIONS- NATURE CONSERVATION CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES LEBANON Prototype of a library built into a container for refugees April 2014

Wildlife booklet for the American University of Beirut April 2012

THE GARDEN SHOW- ANNUAL EVENT LEBANON Land art project featuring the five senses through different cocoon shapes May 2012

SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN Dr. Elke Berger LEBANON Calculating runoffs and using design techniques to utilize rainwater. Feb 2012

TECHNICAL Microsoft Office AutoCad Geographical Information System GRAPHIC Photoshop Illustrator InDesign Rhinoceros Sketch up Sketching Photography


W O R K

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PROJECTS WORKED ON Types of projects include: parks and recreation – urban design- streetscapes and public spaces- transportation corridors and facilities- residential- hospitals and resorts- academic campuses- therapeutic gardens- historic preservation and restoration- conservation- corporate and commercial.

Ras Al Abyad Master Plan Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Boavista Urban Plan – Port Zone – Angola

Client: Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Client: Ministry of Urbanism and Habitat

Size: 7,600,000 metre square – 760ha

Size: 4,691,576 metre square – 470 ha

Summary: Based on Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020, this project develops a unique resort and national reserve that would become an international landmark. The design upholds the cultural value of the area, its rich environment and ecological habitats while highlighting the economical, ecological and social sustainability measures.

Summary: Dar Al Handasah Consultants was commissioned to prepare a Master Plan to serve as a basis for the provision of the new and upgraded roads and utility networks. The plan provides a framework for the future development of the area in terms of community expectations. The landscape design approach for the Boavista Zona Portuaria development promotes and unifies all areas and provides a welcoming environment with diversified activities and open spaces for the public. The concept aims to design a hierarchy of green open spaces, parks, community gardens and green belt linked by a pedestrian promenade and a cycle lane. The landscape satisfies the requirement of the local community and visitors alike as well as the users of the port zone and all other municipal / educational / governmental / and industrial users.

Tasks: The prepared work includes project inception, data collection, research and analysis, environmental impact assessment, SWAT analysis, development of a comprehensive master plan, client reports and meetings, concept development and sustainability measures.

Development of ADM Landscape and Public Realm Guidelines, Standards, Manuals and Specifications United Arab Emirates. Client: Department of Municipal Affairs – Abu Dhabi Municipality Summary: Based on Estidama- Pearl Rating System, the project aims at improving the sustainability, quality, safety and accessibility of Abu Dhabi’s landscape and public realm through the creation of guidelines, standards, manuals and specifications. Tasks: Data collection, research and analysis, benchmarking studies, preparation of guidelines, standards, specifications, cost database, and Consultant Procurement/Consultant Procedures Manual. As well as generated graphics and content of the manuals, dealing with Client comments and enquiries and negotiate amendments to the final submissions.

Tasks: The prepared work includes Research and Analysis, Development of a comprehensive master plan, holistic coordination with all required engineering trades, preparation of reports and presentations for Client meetings, development of concept and design programs, managing and leading landscape team members on an international platform.

Additional Projects Design, Engineering and Supervision Services for Kuwait Airforce Base (KAFB) facility - Kuwait Control and command center in Riyadh – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Planning of Madinah central area extension - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Uptown Park Infrastructure Design Services - Lebanon

Design Consultancy for infrastructure in Federal Precinct and for Public Realm of Federal Precinct and Commercial District in Zayed City – United Arab Emirates Client: Department of Municipal Affairs – Abu Dhabi Municipality Size: + 1000 ha Summary: Following the key guiding principles of Musanada and Estidama, the project helps shape the Capital City District through the urban fabric and community infrastructure that enable the values, social arrangements, culture, and economical development of this Arab community. The Masterplan serves as an evolving tool to assist government officials, land owners, and the UPC in implementing the Federal Precinct to a standard in keeping with the goals and principles of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and its vision for creating a world-class Capital City for the United Arab Emirates. Tasks: Development of a comprehensive master plan, holistic coordination with all required engineering trades, preparation of reports and presentations for Client meetings, development of concept and design programs, preparation of working drawings and details for construction, and dealing with Client comments and enquiries.


TABLE OF CONTENT

THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK Karantina - LEBANON Controversial Site: Wasteland - Suburban Slum - Industrial Area 170 000 m2 - 17 Hectares

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FARMER’S MARKET - LEED - BEAM CERTIFICATE Waterfront - LEBANON Temporary Installation - Furniture Design 3 600 m2 - 0.36 Hectares

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HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY Niha - LEBANON Senior Retreat 6 200 m2 - 0.62 Hectares

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THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK

THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD

LOCATION

Karantina - Bourj Hammoud - Lebanon

SIZE

170 000 m - 17 Hectares

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Suburban Slum Wasteland Industrial Area

PROFILE The Gateway from the North, the Capital’s Slum, and the Trash Mountain… All nicknames and associations made with the Bourj-Hammoud District. Despite the negative connotations, the area is still considered home to many, and the starting point for those who were left with nothing. After 1928, Armenian refugees who had survived the Ottoman persecution started settling in the area, in compact quarters organized in regular gridiron patterns. After 1946, attracted by employment opportunities in and around the Capital, emigrants from the South, Palestinians and Syrians, settled in the area. These inhabitants became the working force of the adjacent industrial strip. Throughout the years, the Coastal stretch became dangerously degraded and has become the backyard of the Capital where are located all environmentally hazardous and harmful services. These include, a solid waste dump hill, the Sukomi waste sorting and treatment plant, a slaughterhouse, a car tires dumping area, and a badly polluted fishing harbor. The area became a source of nauseating smells that spread all over the District, carried by the prevailing South-West breezes. The proposed design focuses on rejuvenating the constitutional elements that once formed the District. Reshaping its ground elements to portray what every culture and city are united by: A living front. A safe haven for the workers, inhabitants and city dwellers that wish to escape the numerous limitations of the District. The intervention transforms the wasteland, located at the extreme end of Bourj-Hammoud, into a green space where nature becomes the main inhabitant.

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THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK

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THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK

10.1 Concept Vision Sitting at 40m above sea level, the 170 000 m2 mound can easily be seen from the congested city. Over the years, 40m represented accumulated trash, toxicity and unsanitary components. Inhabitants would look out their window and witness the living representation of a slum. The landscape project aims at reshaping the mound’s identity, and re-establishing the links between the city, the industries and its residents. Such transformation prioritizes an extensive treatment plan to eliminate the health hazards and a strategy to enhance the safety aspect in the overall site connectivity. The concept shall reshape the 40m and establish it as a key natural landmark that represents community, safety, and refuge.

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Turn into an Activity Hub Increase Vegetative Layer

Incorporate Current Trends Enhance Connectivity

Reduce Health Hazard

Increase Cultural Interaction

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Priority 4: Seal the mound for erosion


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THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK

10.2 Master Plan Famous for its degraded nature, its trash and its negative reputation, Bourj Hammoud is an area that most people avoid, and specifically, avoid the mound. The proposed design challenges the image presented and transforms the heart of the problem into the heart of the city. After an extensive area treatment, the mound is turned into a key landmark that reconnects the city and the industries to the coast. By materializing these connections through safe pathways across the main nodes of the area, visitors are lead to a green haven, filled to bloom with phytoremediation plants. The design further emphasizes the boldness of the mound by complimenting it with a 50m wide stairs that lead to the top. This intervention sleekly works with the existing contours and blends into them for minimal interference. Inhabitants would look out their window and no longer witness the living representation of a slum but one of nature.

LEGEND Concrete Stairs Softscape Contour Lines Pathways Main Intersecting Highway

Master Plan - Scale 1/500

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THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK

ACTIVITIES: Eco-Friendly Outdoor Activities that cater for all ages

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SOFTSCAPE: Phytoremediating Plants (Plants that heal contaminated soils), such as Brassica juncea l , Salix species, Sorghastrum nutans & helianthus annuus

CIRCULATION : Main and Secondary paths

HARDSCAPE : Concrete Stairs and Compacted Gravel Paths

OVERALL

Axonometric of the Design

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THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK

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Section BB’ - Scale 1/150

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THE CAPITALS’ BACKYARD - CITY PARK

Bird View of the Stairs

Bird View of the Mound

Perspective of the Design

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H U M A N

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LOCATION

Niha - Chouf - Lebanon

SIZE

6200 m - 0.62 Hectares

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Senior Retreat Healing Garden Biomimicry Design

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PROFILE Located 65 km from the Capital, Niha, one of the largest towns in the Mount Lebanon region, is secluded within an overwhelming greenery. Historically, a location of great religious, economic and political value, the area was thriving. Today however, due to the ever-growing number of emigrants seeking better opportunities, families are separated, and only the middle aged and seniors are left to tend to themselves. Known for their independence, benevolent, and altruistic nature, the current citizens of the area had requested to build a retirement home that would recreate a sense of family for them and any wishing incomer. The home is envisioned as a landmark of high quality design and accommodation that can compete with the Middle East region. True to these virtues, the project design embodies key elements that serve to heal, connect and repurpose each member in its community. The facility shall establish a system of ‘smart community’ through which every individual shall have an important task to uptake. These tasks allow the members a sense of responsibility and commitment while also allowing them to be hands-on with nature. Combining healing gardens with biomimicking elements from the Honey Bee – as honey making is one of Niha’s most valued asset- the design approach transforms the project into a theoretical hive through which renewable resources, sustainable strategies and enriching values are formed.

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HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY

11.1 Concept Vision A retirement home is often looked down on with sadness. The patients, even when placed in the most prestige medical care, often suffer from depression and symptoms of isolation. These facilities often implement a healing garden which helps to lift the morale, however, they often lack a key factor: maintaining the sense of purpose of each member. The proposed design combines healing gardens with biomimicking elements from the Honey Bee. It extracts the key criteria of these gardens and merges them with the hive system of smart community. The facility thus balances both mental and physical needs of each individual.

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HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY

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The proposed design incorporates the client program within an effective layout which both maximizes space usage and balances nature and nurture. Healing gardens and the biomimicry elements have been integrated through the choice of programs and in the hexagonal form to provide optimum efficiency.

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Taking into account the natural elements of the site, the area was divided into two main parts. The Northern part, which is lower in elevation, is mainly intended for seclusion. It contains the amphitheater and solitary gardens. The design accentuates the view points by creating meandering paths through the lush greenery. The extensive vegetation helps create shading, and buffering for the event space. The Southern part, which is higher in elevation, is designed to encourage socialization. The open space includes programs that stimulate teamwork and activity, while also providing refuge from the strong winds and sun through the dense vegetation.

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Physically Capable Wheelchair Users Physically Disabled

Target Users

Circulation of Target users according to the Programs

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Programs of the Design

Buffer

Floral Garden

Wind Break

Craft Area

Sensory Garden

Event Space

Secluded Garden

Gathering Space

Edible Garden

Play Area


HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY

LEGEND Seating with integrated planter beds Wooden benches Limestone - pedestrian pathway Asphalt- Vehicular road Planter beds Dense tree plantation Edible gardens Surrounding forest

Master Plan - Scale 1/250

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HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY

11.3 Sections & Perspectives

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Event Space

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View Point in the Surrounding Forest

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Sensory Garden

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HUMAN HIVE- HEALING BIOMIMICRY

Perspective of the Edible Garden

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FARMER’S MARKET

LOCATION

Waterfront City - Dbayeh - Lebanon

SIZE

3600 m - 0.36 Hectares

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Targets the LEED/BREAM certification standards Temporary Installation Furniture Design

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PROFILE The Waterfront City project targets the LEED/BREAM certification standards and is thus aiming to balance Economy, Equity and Environment. One main element of the design is the integration of a farmers’ market. The concept behind it is about promoting local production, creating a venue where consumers directly interact with the producers and linking rural traditions and customs to city dwellers. The project will establish one farmers’ market on a weekly basis in a designated area in the residential complex; this market will be managed by a unit of trained local personnel from cooperatives, non-governmental organizations, and producers. The unit will be responsible of organizing the market and developing a strategic work plan to enhance marketing of sustainably produced foods. Although some small-scale initiatives have been developed in Lebanon to promote conservation and the sustainable use of the agro-biodiversity, as well as the marketing of the sustainable agro-biodiversity products, many small-scale rural producers in different regions still have difficulties in accessing such markets and information on better practices. The present proposal builds on the regional experience of the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) at the American University of Beirut. It has supported and trained community kitchens and cooperatives in rural areas of Lebanon and trained rural women on best practices, food processing, and safety for the purpose of producing Lebanese traditional food. In addition, the proposal builds on the experience and networking with small-scale producers of the Food Heritage Foundation, which has helped link producers to urban consumers through various marketing activities. Local food markets typically involve small-scale farmers and short supply chains in which producers perform marketing functions, including storage, packaging, transportation, distribution, and advertising.

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FARMER’S MARKET - LEED - BEAM CERTIFICATE

12.1 Case Studies Farmers’ Markets are venues where small local producers gather to sell their merchandise. The aim of it is to eliminate the middlemen and to directly connect the producers with the consumers. This bazaar reintroduces the local culture and allows its spread to larger communities, specifically in the cities. These markets are known worldwide, they vary in sizes and shapes, but many still successful after centuries. After viewing a few examples from the Middle East and Eastern Asia, several common key points have been noticed.

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Egypt - Khan el Khalili Market

Morocco - Medina Marrakesh Market


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Turkey - Balik Pazari Market

Singapore - Kreta Ayer Wet Market

Thailand - Or Tor Kor Market

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FARMER’S MARKET - LEED - BEAM CERTIFICATE

12.2 Master Plan Inheriting aspects from the worlds’ most successful markets, the following layout combines their major traits and criteria. The design is divided into two halves: the market and the parking. It re-emerges the traditional markets’ atmosphere with its narrow venue while accommodating 169 parking spots, as per the Client’s request. The design accentuates the linearity of the site by positioning three rows along the path. This geometry ensures maximum space usage and a larger exposure of people to the produce. The rows are divided as follow: entertainment activities, kiosks, and the final lane is a series of two stands separated by Palm trees (Phoenix dactylifera) that are used as a form of blockage. This layout forms two main pathways, and three secondary ones, all leading towards the performance stage which acts as an attraction point that lures the visitors in through the kiosks.

Master Plan - Scale 1/250

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Performance Stage

Viewing Platform

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Formal Seating Area

Children’s Area

Informal Seating Area

Bedouin Tent

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Live Kitchen

Kiosks

Food Heritage Foundation

Information Desk

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This market is only available once a week, and hence all its elements need to be sustainable and easily demountable. The kiosks are composed of two main components: wood and cloth. The structure is held by cross shaped columns, fitted into cement blocks for stability, and slanted roofs for a pleasant visual attraction.


FARMER’S MARKET - LEED - BEAM CERTIFICATE

FARMERS’ MARKET

Entry Point

28 Parking Spots 50 Parking Spots 41 Parking Spots 50 Parking Spots

Vehicular Circulation & Parking

Service Access Vehicular Access Pedestrian Access

General Circulation On Site

Kiosks Structure & Details

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FARMER’S MARKET - LEED - BEAM CERTIFICATE

11.3 Sections & Perspectives

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Section BB’ - Scale 1/40

Viewing Platform

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Performance Stage

Perspective View of the Farmer’s Market


FARMER’S MARKET - LEED - BEAM CERTIFICATE

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