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PRENTISS DARDEN MLA 2014 [RESPONDING TO TERRA FLUXUS] LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

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[PORTFOLIO CONTENTS] 00 DESIGN PROJECTS 001 Wetland Waterfront Park. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 002 Stormwater Management. New Orleans, Louisiana 003 Operations + Logistics: Houston Ship Channel 004 Operations + Logistics: Port of Santos, Brazil 01 MAPPING 011 Mapping Settlement Patterns. Louisiana 012 Infrastructural Landscape. Bonnet Carre Spillway. Norco, Louisiana 02 LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION 021 Infrastructural Archaeology: Model of the Vaillancourt Fountain 022 Campus Courtyard. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 03 PROFESSIONAL WORK 031 Queen Anne’s Gate Residence, London 04 CV

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[DESIGN PROJECT: WETLAND WATERFRONT PARK]

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[URBAN EDGE WETLAND] Desoto Park is an area of disturbed natural habitat in the batture of the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge. In a graduate landscape architecture studio we were asked to redesign the park as a productive landscape. This design reimagines the site as a wetland waterfront park, an interpretation of the Louisiana landscape that highlights ecological functions. The site treats water via a system that begins with sediment ponds in the north end and moves through a constructed wetland to the south end where another series of ponds populated with fish and crawfish are used for recreational fishing.

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[Deriving Form] The form of this landscape intervention is derived from a study of patterns in human settlements and in nature. Rectilinear forms within a gridded matrix often define urban settlements, which, when viewed at a much larger scale, mimic the branching, networked form of nature. This hybrid form speaks to the integration of urban and ecological spaces within the design.

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The site becomes a largely open wetland meadow bracketed by ponds, located between the city’s edge and the river. The park is accessible via walkways traversing the site from north to south with a boardwalk that extends over the edge of land and water, which changes drastically with the spring floods. The park connects to the fabric of the urban landscape through links to the existing waterfront path and via newly designed paths through and around the site. Along the eastern edge, a grove of trees creates a buffer between the urban environment and the park. The essence of this design is to harness the ecological functioning of a wetland plant palette and structure while celebrating Louisiana’s historical culinary traditions of fish and crawfish. From the park, visitors can find a unique perspective to view the city of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River and to experience a wetland on the urban edge.

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Pathways designed for ease of pedestrian access to the site funnel visitors to the constructed wetland, with additional

Palette includes plants that can tolerate wet growing conditions as well as have the ability to clean heavy metals or nutrient pollution: Carex sp, Juncus sp, Phragmites sp, Eichhornia crassipes, Iris giganticaerulea, Osmunda cinnamomea, Geranium carolinianum, Sorgum halepense, Lonicera japonica, Stenatophrum secundatum, Agalinis purpurea, Typha latifolia, Betula nigra, Baccharis hamifolia, Canna flacida, Clematis crispa

Paving materials are designed to intersect interstitially with meadow grasses at the Baton Rouge Visitor’s Center

Visitors can access the constructed wetland to experience how water moves through the site.


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[DESIGN PROJECT: STORMWATER MANAGEMENT]

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[SECOND LINE STUDIOS]

The approach to this site, characterized by 90% impermeable surface, is to maximize the permeable surface by increasing its capacity to hold water during a 2 yr storm before sending it to New Orleans’ over taxed drainage infrastructure. A 25’ wide filter strip with curb cuts along Richard Street captures street runoff and reduces flooding near the main entrance. Planted with grasses, reeds, and trees, the design creates a cooling microclimate for a pleasant environment. Plants include a variety of reeds and sedges, sweet bay magnolias, ginkgo trees, and louisiana iris. Planting around the storm outlet and along the block detain water and remove pollutants before it enters the city’s drainage infrastructure. The planting boxes with curb cuts are 12’ l x6’ w x4’ h. Under the surface of planting a 3.5’ h gravel bed retains water.Planting beds with curb cuts connect beneath the surface of the sidewalk to the filter strip.

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[Amplifying Absorbancy]

After

Before

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This design scheme addresses the current problematic site conditions of flooding on Richard Street at the corners of St Thomas and Annunciation. Currently downspouts spill water from the roof directly onto the street. The streetside planting boxes and filter strip work in combination with the green roof to reduce current flooding. This design functions to retain and filter stormwater and it also creates a more pleasant, cooling environment for people who work at Second Line and their neighbors who pass through the site.


[Decreasing Peak Flow]

The flat roof of the main office building of Second Line Studios currently has a small portion of accessible space. This design expands the space by joining the adjacent roof. The rooftop garden is positioned to frame a fantastic view to downtown New Orleans and the Mississippi River. The height of the building over those adjacent lends a 360 degree view. The roof garden is planted with flowering sedums with an edge condition of equisetum and iris. A trellis, made of bamboo and planted with creeping fig, offers shade in a hot, sunny climate. The roof garden can be rented out as event space. Simple green roofs are designed for the pitched roof warehouses while a more involved roof garden is designed for an extension of the existing usable roof space. The simple green roofs absorb runoff while sending any overflow through downspouts to the streets. The green roof is made of a waterproofing membrane, a layer of drainage, geotextile layer, soil and sedum as a green cover.

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BARBOUR’S CUT

Dredge material area Shoreline Terminal Shoreline Fairway

BLACK DUCK BAY

SCALE 1:4,000 N

[OPERATIONS + LOGISTICS: DREDGE + HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL]

6,700’

HOGG ISLAND 7,800’

BARBOUR’S CUT TERMINAL

DREDGE ISLAND

[main containment area]

650’ 1,690’ 2.210’

2,560’

6,350’

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[CURRENT STUDIO PROJECT. 2013] The Houston Ship Cannel contains the world’s second largest petrochemical complex in the world. It is the second largest port by tonnage in the country. Material and energy flows within this region are varied and voluminous. During spring 2013, we are analyzing the systems that maintain the cahnnel and investigating points for adjustment as designers for future scenarios. Duing the analysis phase of the project I have researched and analyzed the dredge cycle and the movement of dredged material within the site. This system provides an interesting vector for design interventions. DREDGE TYPOLOGIES MECHANICAL

CUTTER SUCTION

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TRAILing SUCTION HOPPER WATER INJECTION

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30” CUTTER SUCTION DREDGE

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DREDGE ISLAND CONSTRUCTION 30”

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DREDGE ISANDS: Manufactured Landscapes


[OPERATIONS + LOGISTICS: PORT OF SANTOS, BRAZIL]

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[DESIGN WEEK CHARETTE. 2013] During a 3 day design charette this past January, we investigated possibilities for creating human access within the operational and logisitcal landscape of the Port of Santos container terminal. Our design addresses static boundaries of the site by connecting to the adjacent urban fabric with a light rail from downtown Santos that resolves much needed transportation concerns. Access to the site occurs on a super surface level which allows visitors to experience the site through an adventure park that includes the experience of moving through the site in containers as a global good. The design charette was conducted by Mason White of Lateral Office and Rob Holmes, a visiting professor at LSU.

LandSat images show elevation in red and vegetation in green. Scale 17 1:80,000


[MAPPING: SETTLEMENT.INDUSTRY.INFRASTRUCTURE.ECOLOGY]

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[LOUISIANA SETTLEMENT PATTERNS] A quick study of three sites in Louisiana illustrates relationships between human settlements, industry, infrastructure, and ecology. The sites were chosen because of industry’s leading role in their development. They vary mostly in their relation to water and their underlying morphology. Bogalusa form responds to changes in topography from forests, Lake Charles contains a grid, while New Roads curves along an oxbow where the river once flowed.

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[ENGINEERED LANDSCAPE: BONNET CARRE SPILLWAY] The Bonnet Carre is a single expression of a larger engineered landscape within southern Louisiana. As a response to the 1927 flood, the Army Corps altered the function and form of the river, which has revealed large scale impacts on the regional landscape, particularly land loss in the Mississippi Delta. This study examines the relationship of the spillway to the surrounding environment over time.

Bonnet Carre Spillway

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Infographic: history of Bonnet Carre openings

Measure: site

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Photo montages: historic photos from 1956 and 1973


[LANDSCAPE REPRESENTATION]

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[MODELING VILLAINCOURT FOUNTAIN] For this project I modeled the Villaincourt Fountain in San Francisco. I applied textures to show the effect of water on metal and the growth of algae and lichen on concrete over time. Originally designed and built within the context of monumental infrastructure, the piece lost its context with the removal of the infrastructure. To create a new narrative for the fountain, I embedded the fountain within a pastoral scene to suggest that nature had grown over a space previously occupuied by humans.

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[CAMPUS COURTYARD] This project shows my representaion of a simple design assigned to the class for a courtyard on LSU’s campus. The goals of the project were to apply materials and newly learned skills in photoshop to create a plan, sections, and perspective of the space.

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A. Raised Bed with Brick B. Raised Bed with Brick C. Wooden Seating D. Tree Allee with Benches Liriodendron tulipifera E. Trees with Benches Liriodendron tulipifera F. Buxus sempervirens and Hypericum calycinum G. Juniperus Horizontalis H. Seating I. Gingko biloba J. Academic Buildings K. Dodson Auditorium

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Dodson Auditorium LSU Campus Plan Prentiss Darden March 29, 2012 Scale 1:20 5

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[PROFESSIONAL WORK] Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Architecture. London

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[QUEEN ANNE’S GATE RESIDENCE] The deisgn aesthetic for this residence along the birdcage walk in St James Park and adjacent to Buckingham Palace, recalls classical architecture while being rooted in modern times. The interior orangery contains ancient mosaics, two large planters in the center, and lush plantings. The exterior terrace is paved with reclaimed 18th century french limestone and a variety of other stones. Through several iterations, I arrived at a successful paving pattern for the terrace that is a modern twist on historic paving patterns such as those seen at the Acropolis from Ancient Greece.

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[CV] Education Louisiana State University Master in Landscape Architecture Lewis and Clark College BA International Relations Boston University Cultural anthropology major

Aug.11-current May.08 Sep.02-Dec.04

Work Experience Coastal Sustainability Studio Baton Rouge, LA Jan.12-current Graduate Assistant on the Louisiana Resiliency Assistantship Program, a federal program to promote resiliency planning in 29 towns and cities. The CSS’s role is to generate, house, and disseminate knowledge about resiliency planning for the LRAP communities through a website and a series of workshops and webinars. Create Lab Baton Rouge, LA Sep.12-current Team Member of this Digital Media Initiative of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. We were selected from applicants across the school to find a digital solution for the Times-Picayune, New Orleans’s daily newspaper as it transitions into the digital age. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design London, UK Summer.12 Intern for a small design firm in central London practicing design for public spaces, high end residential, and historic landscapes such as Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace. AutoCAD drafting for a residential orangery and terrace, book layout for the Kensington Palace project, and Photoshop rendering of sketches. RPM Environmental Planning Pty Gaborone, Botswana Sep-Nov.10 Assisted on the redesign the Central Campus Plaza for the University of Botswana. Developed detailed Inception and Preliminary Design Reports, conceptualized design options, created photomontages, and attended client meetings and site visits. Project budget $2.5 mil.

Skills Working knowledge of: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, AutoCAD, 3DSMax, Grasshopper and Rhino (beginner), Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, Microsoft Office suite, writing, and oral presentation Conferences Speaker, TEDxLSU, “Watson: Crowdsourcing News,” Mar 9, 2013 Poster Presentation, “Wetland Waterfront Park,” LSU Wetland Symposium, Feb 2013 Speaker, “Maru a Pula School Permaculture Garden Project,” International Permaculture Convergence and Conference, Lilongwe, Malawi Nov 2009 Publications Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, Dec 5, 2009 http://botswanateenclub.wordpress.com/2009/05/ BBC Your pictures: Hats in Africa, November 13, 2009 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8316788.stm Darden, Prentiss, “Conversations in Transit,” Chronicle Magazine, Lewis and Clark College, Sep 25, 2009. http://www.lclark.edu/chronicle/story/?id=2378 Times Picayune, “LSU students collaborate with nola.com/ The Times-Picayune on solutions for digital transition,” Dec 5, 2012 http://www.nola.com/news/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2012/12/lsu_students_collaborates_with.html United States Army Corps of Engineers, “USACE Galveston District hosts LSU students,” Feb 22, 2013 28


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Prentiss Darden 1000 Park Blvd Baton Rouge, Louisiana prentiss.darden@gmail.com

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[Responding to Terra Fluxus]  

Portfolio of work from two years in a three year graduate landscape architecture program.

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