R H E A P A T E L LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
PORT FO LIO
‘‘ Continuity of thinking in whatever form, around whatever subject, is the real ambition”
- Rem Koolhaas
ABOUT MYSELF RESUME p. 04
RESIDENTIAL GARDEN PLANTING DESIGN LINEAR MIXED HERBACEOUS BORDER PLANTING p. 06
COMMUNITY KITCHEN GARDEN PEACE AND PROSPERITY GARDEN GOVERNMENT HOUSE OF VICTORIA p. 10
CREEK REVITALIZATION CREEK EDGES REDESIGNED IN MOONEE PONDS CREEK p. 16
SITE PLANNING AND DESIGN
ECO-COMMUNITY IN WEST MARIBYRNONG p. 24
URBAN OPEN SPACE
MARKET CROSS RENEWAL IN QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET p. 30
MISCELLANEOUS p. 36
RHEA MANISH PATEL B. ENVS [MAJOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE]
I come from a relatively small city in India called Vadodara, which is undergoing a transition from a quintessentially small town to a major developing city, with adequate challenges in urban planning and designing to match its futures growth and demand. In my formative years, I developed a keen interest in landscapes around me which infused a sense of observation and detail further helping me to pursue my goal of making a career in Landscape Architecture Design and Urban Design. My growing passion towards understanding the dynamic relationship between nature and humans was the driving factor of my undergraduate degree. I believe that landscape architecture provides an important cornerstone to address new challenges in both the built and natural environments. To me, landscape architecture requires interacting with a broad spectrum of disciplines, allowing us to create ecologically diverse, culturally sensitive and thought provoking landscapes. It also has the precious capacity to give form to social imagination and put it into motion.
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04. ABOUT MYSELF
EDUCATION Bachelor of Environments (Major: Landscape Architecture) Melbourne School of Design - MSD University of Melbourne, VIC WAM - 70.63 Mar 2015 - Dec 2017
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Navrachana International School Vadodara, Gujarat Points - 33 Jun 2011 - Jun 2013
WORK EXPERIENCE Custodian Pavilion Manager + Plant Caretaker Australian Institute of Architects
Australian Pavilion, Biennale Architettura Venice, Italy Primary plant care for the native Australian grasslands that make up the bulk of the exhibition - watering plants, moving plants, responsible for the opening and closing of the Pavilion, greeting and interacting with visitors to the Pavilion, maintaining and overseeing the up keep of the installation and exhibition space including; manual labor, lifting, clearing and rubbish removal. Jun 2018 - Jul 2018
Student Landscape Designer University of Melbourne
Government House of Victoria, Melbourne Peace and Prosperity Garden Design Competition Collaborative team competition experience initiated by the Governor of Victoria - design marketing and presenting in front of honored guest panels. Mar 2017 - Jul 2017
Linde Engineering India Pvt. Ltd.
Vadodara Gujarat Scheduling appointments and administrative tasks. Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS Graduate Member
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA Fresh) 2018
Australia Institute of Landscape Architects 2016 - 2017
VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE Guest Graduate Speaker Melbourne School of Design
Presentation of the Architecture film (linked below) for current students in Design Workshop. Screening of the film and sharing my experience with them. May 2018
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Michael Lin Project with NGV Painting plywood panels in standard household paint, in line with a detailed template provided. Aug 2017
Environments Student Society Committee Melbourne School of Design
Event management handling, communication, administrative work, networking, enhancing the clubs presence at University of Melbourne. Nov 2015 - Nov 2016
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES Social service Film making Photography Oil and water painting Hiking Gardening Traveling to historical marvels Freelance makeup artistry
MSD Volunteer Leader
Melbourne School of Design
Representing MSD during Open Day, communicating and Assisting with incoming students and parents. Nov 2016
ADDITIONAL LINKS Film - Melbourne School of Design You-tube Page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvFo00hUqjg Design Workshop Journals Folio https://issuu.com/rheap95
Kalrav Charitable Trust, Vadodara, Gujarat Part-time tutor for special mentally challenged children. Jun 2011 - Jun 2014
RESIDENTIAL GARDEN PLANTING DESIGN
LINEAR MIXED HERBACEOUS BORDER PLANTING Residential Garden, Melbourne Semester 1, 2016 Academic Individual Project
DESIGN A LINEAR MIXED BORDER FOR A RESIDENTIAL HOME
Dramatic use of warm yellow floral species and cool tone foliage A new residence space in Melbourne’s suburb required a mixed border planting design as part of their garden design. The site was a linear border 12m long by 2.5m deep (approx. 30square meters). Hence the design concept began with inspecting the site character, soil, sun and noise. A garden is after all an extension of the way residents live inside the house, thus expressing the interrelationship in terms of materials, colors and mood was essential. It was most vital to select long lasting evergreen with dramatic floral and foliage interest - bright yellows and whites enable attention to the foliage detail in the foreground and slightly cool palette in the distant border. The planting succession with different heights also brings mystery and illusion of an even bigger space. Even in a small garden bed like this, design principles can be attained such as order through balance, unity through dominance and repetitions and rhythm through movement and interconnected spaces.
LEGEND Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Early sunrise’ Convolvulus cneorum Buxus microphylla var. koreana 12m Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ Anthemis tinctoria Festuca cinera ‘Elijah Blue’ Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’
PLANTING AND SPACING PLAN 08. RESIDENTIAL GARDEN PLANTING DESIGN
Festuca cinera ‘Elijah Blue’
Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Early sunrise’
Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
Buxus microphylla var. koreana
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’
PLANT SELECTION 09.
COMMUNITY KITCHEN GARDEN
EMBRACE TO CREATE PEACE AND PROSPERITY GARDEN Government House of Victoria, Melbourne Semester 1, 2017 Group Student Design Presentation
DESIGN ELEMENTS IN THE PEACE AND PROSPERITY GARDEN PRECINCT Embrace To Create
Team members Xirui Feng, Elyssia Hicks, Siyun Huang, Rhea Patel, Yuheng Tao, Thuong Vo and Tao Wang My contribution Hand drawings, Conceptual Framework establishment, Site Analysis, Final Presentation Film Editor
The Peace & Prosperity Garden is a kitchen garden being established in the grounds of Government House. The project is being personally funded by the Honorable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria, as a gift to the people of Victoria. Currently, the garden provides the foundation for a program of activities designed to provide connections and support aimed at building participantâ€™s sense of welcome and belonging in the Victorian Community. The team came up with the slogan - Embrace The Old to Create New, that captures the essence of what the kitchen garden program aims to deliver for all who visit. The design elements that form this project will cater to a variety of functional purposes such as providing a statement point of entry, and providing seating and shade. The vision is that these elements (entrance arch, gates, central table, arbor and deck) convey the title and theme of Peace & Prosperity subtly but respectfully. 12. COMMUNITY KITCHEN GARDEN
DESIGN CONCEPT A
The Main Gate to become a transition between the old and the new.
Shades, seating and tables to accommodate the multi-functional space for different users.
Gates on the side isolate the garden from the surroundings.
Inconvenience for kitchenware and wheelchairs to move around the site.
Arbor and deck to soften the boundary of the garden.
E A E
THE HEXAGONAL DECK DESIGN
ENTRANCE ARCHWAY SYMBOLISM
The use of hexagon panels was to symbolize communication, interfacing, balance and unity.
Different identities suggested in columns carved from timber Landing One water source harvesting from govt. house roof Water - portal between old and new
Table Joinery Perspective Render
Elevation and Plan View 13.
14. COMMUNITY KITCHEN GARDEN
SUMMER 8 AM
WINTER 5 PM
WINTER 1 PM
WINTER 9 AM
SUN / SHADOW STUDY
Walking Access Path made with Karri Timber and Aluminum Mesh
Entrance Archway and Stairs
Night Perspective View with Lighting
Moonee Ponds Creek, Travancore Semester 2, 2017 Academic Individual Project
A RIVER RUNNING THROUGH
Change and Experimentation of Form and Performance
Moonee Ponds Creek, which was a natural flowing river is currently concreted creek along the Tullamarine Freeway. The focus of the studio was on the ecological water processes and biodiversity as performative design by redesigning a section of the creek. My design concept involved on deconstructing the harsh edges and opening the space to the neighborhoods by applying different edge strategies and manipulations. These were tested out through programs like Rhino and Grasshopper to accommodate flooding and drying whilst creating a public space. The most challenging part of designing for a linear park which has varying volumes of water flows throughout the year. =The design showed 100m sections of 5 different edges strategies throughout the linear site such as undulating landforms, separation, disruption, increasing the surface area and also twisting the edge where the water meets the ground plane. It also changes the user experience throughout the 1.5km stretch, it has a little bit for every spectator. In the process, mapping responses to change, water flux, ideas of resilient designing, social factors were put into play. Landscape architecture projects involving waterways mostly comprise of the real designer being the water i.e. nature and it governs the world we live in. 18. CREEK REVITALIZATION
LANDFORMS SURFACE DESIGN Edge Effects
Creek is the arterial point of the design, however the change in geological conditions create an augmented design for the edges - draping, flattening, separating, dividing and overlaying. For application, the channel goes through five different variations in landforms stitched into one, allowing the water to flow in different directions within the landscape, shaping the wetlands for the future.
20. CREEK REVITALIZATION
REACTIVATING THE EDGE
UNDULATING NATURAL LANDFORMS
INCREASED SURFACE AREA Excavation of new flood plain
Dyke improvement by high edge
TWISTING FORMS Disrupted edge surface
Water channel 21.
WORKING MECHANISM Responding Water Levels
Boardwalk along the side edges - made out of local sourced timber - cyclists and pedestrian friendly Fiberglass lily-pads for habitat on the edges of water Stainless steel cattails for bird perching eg. Magpies and seagulls Victorian bluestone Sense of familiarity and belonging
22. CREEK REVITALIZATION
Australian native Re-mediated Vegetation including rushes and sedges, cattails surrounding the waters edge
Sandstone rockery Formation with Multiple edges Protruding towards the river channel creates an active edge
ENVISIONING THE FUTURE Chronological Change in the Ecosystem NORMAL FLOW
FLOODING 5-10 YEARS
FLOODING 100 YEARS
Diagram showing the TEMPORALITY of flooding and how the undulating edges work as a performative landscape to accommodate flood water. 23.
SITE PLANNING AND DESIGN
Redevelopment of Department of Defense, West Maribyrnong Semester 2, 2016 Academic Group Project
DESIGN FOR A MIXED USED COMMUNITY A community for the people. A community for the environment. Team Members Georgia Mullins, Rhea Patel and Caitlin Taylor My contribution Research and Documentation. Presentation, Site inventory and analysis, Conceptual plans and design development, Master planning and Detailed Design for Eco-Remediation
Through careful site analysis throughout the semester, our group focused on creating a community based site planning and design, which is intended for sustainable future use.
Riverbanks Eco-Community, a name given by us is a riverfront surrounding site designed for the people and a community of the environment. Our Project Statement was to create a sustainable and efficient urban landscape with mixed use community catering to provide affordable housing choices of approx. 3000 dwellings - mixture of low density, medium density and high density. It also to provide employment opportunities for the residents and includes sustainable features including eco-transportation reducing car dependency, ecoremediation of the contaminated soil, water and even buildings and lastly providing a greater sense of community engagement and connection with landscape and its history.
26. SITE PLANNING AND DESIGN
MASTER PLAN RIVER BANKS ECO - COMMUNITY
SITE DIAGRAMS Conceptual Plans PROGRAMMING
The design for Riverbanks Eco-community strongly focused on minimizing environmental damage during the building process. Hence, commercial and urban districts are purposely located towards the existing services and amenities area. GREEN POCKETS
FLOOD PRONE AREAS
HERITAGE TO BE RETAINED
NOT SUITABLE LEAST SUITABLE
MEDIAN SUITABLE MOST SUITABLE
28. SITE PLANNING AND DESIGN DRAINAGE AND STREAM ORDER
DETAIL DESIGN FOR ECO - REMEDIATION Sustainable. Open. Thoughtful.
Section A The detail design includes two kinds of eco-remediation â€“ building remediation and land remediation after identifying hot-spots across to stabilize the soil by removing pollutants from contaminated sediments, soil and wastewater as it is a brown field site. The heavily impervious areas and flooding zones from the site analysis can be ideally converted into constructed wetlands, which will slow down the volume and velocity of the water. Additionally it will add biomass and habitat to the surroundings. Designing an eco-greenway and boardwalk along the perimeters of the river allows access to the newly re-mediated wetlands and open spaces that would allow the community in engaging with the landscape better.
PERSPECTIVE Looking towards South-East, showing the board walk, bird watching platform and eco-greeenway within the constructed wetlands.
A dry shrub-land solar street lamps playground
bird watching platform boardwalk constructed wetlands eco-greenway river
open green spaces
PERSPECTIVE Looking inside the heritage building converted into a remediation demon striation building for educational and improvement purposes suitable for community use.
URBAN OPEN SPACE
MARKET CROSS RENEWAL Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Semester 1, 2017 Academic Individual Project
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET 2040 VISION Heart line of the Market Melbourneâ€™s Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is well known for its traditional representation of the food culture where the locals buy fresh produce and enjoy the market experience all together. The project envisions what shape would QVM likely take in the near future with increasing population and their demand. This project involves redesigning the most important nodes of the market and the place they intersect is the Market Cross. Its form can be depicted as an analogy of heart line - giving space a meaning central and necessary for life. The concept aims to have programs for various events that occur in QVM through their hierarchy in terms of major, minor, day, night, high density or low density. It also aims to create an experience of being in a diverse market. The programs are set on the basis of the framework of how corridors, edges and different street types can be used differently across a large site.
32. URBAN OPEN SPACE
MAPPING FOR STREET RENEWAL MAIN ROAD NETWORK
DESIGN STATEMENTS 1. Open Queen Street into a “public plaza” - seating, plants and amenities with temporal programs. 2. Create versatile spaces such as pavilion and lane way - diversity and hierarchy of spaces an experiences. ZONING PLAN
3. Redesign the edges and nodes into funneling zones which create better connections and circulation. 4. Design for life - typology in detail such as entrances and exists and increasing frontage.
DEVELOPING THE PROGRAMMED SPACES
Queen Street provides a funnelling channel into the different layers of street that one can come across walking through the site either West-East or North-South. 34. URBAN OPEN SPACE
FINAL SITE PLAN Render Perspectives
Points (red markers) placed according to a point-grid coordinate system with 120m intervals where neutral space that can be transformed into specific programmatic needs. This is also a great way to integrate rhythm (heart beat) inside the market. Lines create the grid which is related to larger coordinate structure - high density pedestrian movement that marks the site with a cross.
PAVILION ON THERRY ST. WITH ITS ROBUST DESIGN AS MODULAR SHED - WITH HERITAGE COLORS PROVIDING A FEELING OF FAMILIARITY
ENVISIONING ENTRY THROUGH BUSY ELIZABETH ST. ONLOOKERS CAN SPOT I LOVE QVM SIGN AS A WELCOME
SHED J SHOWING THE CONTEMPORARY SHADED STRUCTURE WITH TRANSLUCENT MATERIAL ALLOWING LIGHT - LANE WAY ATMOSPHERE
MARKET CROSS - LIVE PERFORMANCE + STREET FURNITURE MAKING IT A STICKY SPOT.
MY WORKS 2010 - 2018
Open Space Design Studio near Ian Potter Cafe, University of Melbourne
Upper House, Melbourne
Queens Bridge, Melbourne
MANDALA BOOK COVER
ISOMETRIC PROJECTION OF MY BEDROOM
Taj Mahal, India - Plan, Elevation and Section
Designing a space for Congregation, Rest and Shelter Concrete Lawn, University of Melbourne Material Used - Clay and Cardboard
WORK EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIAN PAVILION, VENICE BIENNALE REPAIR : GRASSLANDS, GROUND, SKYLIGHT Responding to the theme Freespace at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Repair at the Australian Pavilion aimed to expand the view of architecture, to the way it operates in its context. My role involved me to interact with the visitors and explain the representation of pre-European settlement of Victorian Plain Grasslands species. Presently, only 1% of these species remain, making the environment vulnerable and in turn allowing us to re-think about the value of land in architecture. Watering both the indoor exhibition plants and plant nursery, checking soil moisture, pruning, collection of seeds for the seed banks and also engaging with visitors were the primary aspects of my role. It was also my duty to check if any pots needed more care hence revival of plants [A] was of utmost importance. For example, the temperature difference, disease or over-watering could have made the plant susceptible to them losing leaves or discoloration.
Dichondra pruned back because it tends to get dry quicker than the other plants 45.
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