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Landscape Architecture + urban Design Portfolio

Roy Straathof MSc. in Landscape Architecture 2015


ABOuT ME “Landscape Architecture and Urban Design are my passion. I am always curious about the mix between built and natural environment surrounding us and looking for ways to improve the human habitat. I am currently focussing on building an international career as a young professional landscape architect. My strong-suits are: conceptual thinking, generating ideas and visualizing plans and sketches. I am particularly interested in the interaction between green and the urban environment and human activity”

CV PERSONAL DETAILS Name: Address:

E-mail: Phone: Date of Birth: Nationality:

Roy Josef Cornelis Straathof Østerbrogade 82, 3. sal 2100 København Ø roystraathof@live.nl +45 911 084 06 12 July 1989 Dutch

EDuCATION 2012 - 2014

Master of Science in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design university of Copenhagen - Copenhagen, Denmark Specialisation in Landscape Planning and urban Design

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2008 - 2012

Thesis topic: Transformation of 42nd Street in New York City Studies in health Design Studies in urban Ecosystems Studies in Theories of urban Design

Bachelor in Garden and Landscape Management hAS Den Bosch university of Applied Science - ‘s-hertogenbosch, The Netherlands Specialisation in landscape design

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Thesis topic: Green renovation and innovation plan for Rucphen municipality in The Netherlands Studies in Green Management Studies in Environmental Management


WORK EXPERIENCE Jan 2014 - July 2014 Student Assistant 1:1 Landskab Sept 2013 - Dec 2013 Internship 1:1 Landskab Copenhagen, Denmark • Landscape architecture and urban design projects • Redesigning public spaces mainly in Copenhagen • Participation with citizens • Cooperation with multidisciplinary design teams 2012 Project placement Municipality of Rucphen Rucphen, The Netherlands • Establishing a renovation plan for public green spaces • Integrating a development strategy for public green spaces • Development of organizational and communication skills 2011 Internship Levin-Monsigny Landschaftsarchitekten Berlin, Germany • Participating in an international landscape architecture design competition • Strengthening of graphic skills • Development of communication skills • Development of teamwork skills 2010-2011 Internship PIM Landschapsarchitectuur Amsterdam, The Netherlands • Landscape architecture and urban design projects • Development of graphical and communication capacities • Development of practical and theoretical design practice

Graphic and language skills Graphic software: AutoCAD CAD Civil 3D Adobe Creative Suite

Languages: ArcGIS Sketchup Hand drawing

English Dutch German

Danish


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URBAN GREEN HUMAN ACTIVITY


PROJECTS Plaza 42

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Roskildevej + Damhus Torvet

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Activating Fields

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Aalborg university

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Guldbergs Plads

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Frederiksværk

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Tårnby

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Landscape Park Gatow

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PLAZA 42

MASTER THESIS - NEW YORK CITY, USA December 2014 Master thesis + design competition

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Avenue of the Americas

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Academic work:


‘Public Life Terrace’

‘Farmers Market’

Bryant Park

New York Public Library

People will be re-claiming the streets of modern cities as they form a crucial part of the public space and offer opportunities for public life. Plaza42 is a proposal that visualizes this idea, by abandoning car traffic and replacing them for high quality, healthy, social and attractive public space to be enjoyed by everyone.

Madison Ave

Building on the inspiration of well established urban design philosophies and relating to recent successful

interventions in New York’s public realm, this project proposes a transformation of the identity of iconic 42nd Street by activating the public realm and supporting human interaction with the public space. The project demonstrates an innovative design solution that is flexible in its programming and functionality, yet coherent in terms of identity and legibility. The design aims to support the functionality of the place and enhance the experiential and characteristic qualities.

5th Ave

This project outlines the transformation of the congested car-oriented 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, towards a people-oriented, car-free public plaza. The project addresses contemporary urban quality issues such as walkability and livability, and relates to the contemporary issue of creating healthy cities. A light-rail transit system is a suggested solution to the congestion problem, and this idea has been introduced in the form of a recently held international design competition, that serves as a starting point for this project. This opportunity of re-imagining this significant public space in New York City has led to an exploration of exciting possibilities for creating a people-friendly and lively plaza through landscape architecture and urban design interventions.

This plan shows a part of the design of the 3,2 km long Manhattan street including landmarks such as Times Square and Bryant Park

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MASTER THESIS - NEW YORK CITY, USA

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This overview shows the scope of the project with significant parts of the design highlighted. The collage of the 5 ‘urban rooms’ give an impression of the difference in experiential qualities and use of the public space.

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MASTER THESIS - NEW YORK CITY, USA

Part of the design philosophy in this project is to create an attractive street through the implementation of trees, bushes, grasses and water elements that stimulate a rich sensory experience and provide a naturalistic streetscape.

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A functional public space

A green public space

These diagrams demonstrate the variety and exibility of the design by using the same set of elements, organised in different ways supporting various functional and experiential qualities.

A social public space

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MASTER THESIS - NEW YORK CITY, USA

Park Street with the implemented green light rail tracks

Water Way with the signiďŹ cant water basin and fountains.

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Times Squares with the urban blocks providing spectacular light effects


These detailed plans shows small strips of the design at different locations in the street. It shows the unity in patterns and colours as well as the variety in function and experience of the public space.

Public Life Terrace provides a lively extension of the popular Bryant Park

The Farmers Market area supports the exibility of the design providing space for pop-up events

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At the Central Stages the street performers entertain the crowds that pass by the station daily


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MASTER THESIS - NEW YORK CITY, USA

Times Squares showing the social character

Park Street model showing the green character

The ďŹ ve models constructed for this project provide a clear understanding of the spatial changes in character of the public space as well as revealing subtle details in materiality and experience corresponding to the different parts of the design.

Water Way showing the exiting water features

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United Nations Pier showing the landmark function

United Nations Pier showing the transition in pavement structure

Grand Central Stages showing the support of street entertainment

United Nations Pier showing a close-up of the seating features

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ROSKILDEVEJ + DAMHUS TORVET

STREET + PUBLIC SQUARE - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Professional work: Firm: Project team:

April 2014 1:1 Landskab Dina BrĂŚndstrup, Jacob Kamp, Sune Harboe Larsen + Roy Straathof

This cross section shows the improved spacial dimensions of the site for pedestrians as well as cyclists and cars.

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This part of the plan shows the design of Damhustorvet (square) along Roskildevej (street). With its characteristic u-shaped benches and new pavement structure.

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ROSKILDEVEJ + DAMHUS TORVET STREET + PUBLIC SQUARE - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

This visual of Damhus Torvet shows how a subtle pavement structure in combination with strong features such as big trees and benches, effectively communicate the transition from a traffic space to a leisure oriented public space.

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Part from an efficient redistribution of space for the different traffic users, the redesign of Roskildevej and Damhus Torvet includes innovative solutions for lighting, trees and public facilities. Roskildevej is an iconic place where many citizens pass through daily on their way to Copenhagen, either by car, bicycle or bus. But it is also a ‘local road’ in Rødovre where pedestrians and school children are visiting local grocery stores and specialty shops. The city is growing, and Rødovre seems to be caught between being suburbia and real city. We will change Roskildevej into a more urban style. Urbanity reflects contemporary ideals of efficiency and functionality but with the understanding of density, sensuality and identity. Roskildevej must remain proud of its rawness, but also be a way that fosters the possibility of an intimate and nice city life. Furthermore It has to be a road that offers a safe route for the more than 35,000 daily

commuters, as well as, providing an interesting public space to pass and stay on for local users. A simple design strategy is used to live up to the scale of the 1.1 km long stretch through Rødovre. Lights and trees form a roof along the entire stretch. The simple concept consisting of a more urban horizontal surface and more natural vertical, in combination with the homogeneous pavement, binds the scattered suburbia together and creates a more legible public space. We plant many different species of trees such as Ginkgo, Water spruce, Sycamore trees, Robinia, and Turkish Hazel to create a vibrant and varied roof over the street and provide a spatial variation. The tree structure in combination with a new pavement and the lighting will transform the street from an empty corridor into smaller spaces, giving Roskildevej a characterful strategy for revitalization.

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ACTIVATING FIELDS

HEALTH DESIGN - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Academic work: Course:

December 2013 Health Design

The plan shows the organic shapes and green ‘cracking’ through the concrete, providing an active and sensory rich garden

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In the “Field’s garden” green is taking over the build environment and reveals a rich detailed world that stimulates senses and activates people. The garden has a unique identity that will stick to the visitor’s mind and stimulates exploration. The garden is easily accessible and the different areas provide room for physical activity, retreat, imagination and relaxation. The garden is a green oasis in Ørestad where people

can go to feel comfortable yet challenged to actively use the public space at every visit. The design is inspired by the concept of movement. It relates to how people’s movements are defined by the environment. The design is focused on movement in the broad sense of the word. The rectangular shaped planter boxes are have the same dimensions as the parking lots, creating a physical transformation from a car-oriented space into a people-oriented design. The edges of the boxes are used to provide possibilities for people to - 21 -

sit or walk on. Furthermore, the concept is inspired by green taking over the built environment by creating soft edges and decorating the space with ornamental gardens that provide rich details, diverse sensory experiences and appealing aesthetics of nature’s creation. The aim of the project is to transform a space that is unused, lacks human scale and is focused on indoor activity and commercial values into a appealing active outdoor garden providing possibilities for physical activity, fun, relaxation and stimulation for everyone.


AALBORG UNIVERSITY COURTYARDS - AALBORG, DENMARK Professional work: Firm: Project team:

November 2013 1:1 Landskab Dina Brændstrup, Jacob Kamp +Roy Straathof

The concept for the ornamental entrance garden can be seen as a horizontal ‘living painting’ where the spectator can walk around the characteristic bright red ‘frame’ to experience the rich details of the plants up close.

The base for the designs for the courtyards is very simple but beautiful. The three gardens have their own function - the entrance, the workspace and the gathering space. They all have in common that the whole space is accessible via a wooden deck that fills up the whole space. The wooden deck has punched out holes where plants grow out as static organic ornaments contrasting against the plain surface of the wooden deck. The idea is based on ancient Japanese Zen gardens where the garden is used as beautiful ornament to look at rather then walk through.

This design is very much focused on aesthetics and a more artistic way of filling up the courtyard spaces. By using very few elements, a more intense perception of the individual elements is made possible. Additionally we added one red element in each courtyard, the wooden floor deck, the stairs and a long bench in each different ‘room’ as a recurrent theme that links the spaces together. The whole composition of the design is like a painting laid down on the floor, with - 22 -

the wooden deck as its frame. In this design plays contrast an important role. Contrast in color, materials, scale and atmosphere. The fragile plants contrast with rough materials such as concrete stairs and wooden decks. The bright red color contrasts with the soft green and gray tones from the gardens. In the same way the nature grows ‘out of‘ the man made elements but not naturally, but instead coming from a very geometrically shaped hole.


The three courtyards of the new Aalborg university building represent a ornamental, functional and social function. The first one is the ornamental garden at the building’s entrance. The second room is connecting the different parts of the building. The last room opposite the auditorium is a flexible meeting space.

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AALBORG UNIVERSITY AALBORG UNIVERSITY COURTYARDS - AALBORG, DENMARK PROJECT - AALBORG, DENMARK

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The natural colours of the framed-in garden literally pop out of the bright red frame, emphasizing the ornamental composition of the courtyard.

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GULDBERGS PLADS

PUBLIC SQUARE - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Professional work: Company: Construction completion: Project team:

October 2013 1:1 Landskab May 2015 Dina BrĂŚndstrup, Jacob Kamp + Roy Straathof

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Guldbergs Plads is a public square in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. As a result of the civil process in the development of Guldbergs Plads four different activities or tools have been developed. The main focus of the civil process has been to create a place that will attract ‘motion unfamiliar adults’ to use the site and its activities. The existing functions should be integrated into the design of the new square.

The new square should also create a renewed or improved identity for Guldbergs Plads, by creating a landmark attraction which generates a vibrant public life for a diverse public. The main challenge for this project is to get people to actively use the public space. We needed to invite people to move, play or exercise in an easily accessible and fun way, and for a diverse range of users.

The concept we introduced is an addition of three new main elements: grass hills, trees and activity poles. The iron activity poles in bright shades of blue are spread over the space and represent an urban forest that supports a variety of different functions. The poles create strong identity and have a landmark function within the square. The poles combine with the existing (the trees) to form a natural and urban forest that supports a wide range of activities.

This visual shows the view from the street with the new grass hills, larix trees and the characteristic blue activity poles

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GULDBERGS PLADS

PUBLIC SQUARE - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

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The plan shows the organic shapes of the paths, edged by grassy hills, and the scattered trees, and poles forming various dense and open spaces, dividing the space in several sub spaces.

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The characteristic blue ‘activity poles’ are a special feature in the design of Guldbergs Plads. The poles are used in various ways to stimulate an active use of the park.

Swings

Exercise weights

3D-climbing parcours

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Bars for exercise

Routes and games


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TREES

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ACTIVITY PARK

From CONCEPT... A request for solutions to the challenge of activating ‘inactive people in the society’ is one of the main objectives for the pre-set program for this site by the green and health departments of the municipality of Copenhagen. This challenge in combination with a long process of community meetings and dialogues with the potential users of the space resulted in a design concept for an activity park.

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GULDBERGS PLADS

PUBLIC SQUARE - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

...To CONSTRUCTION The construction of Guldbergs Plads is currently underway and expected to be completed in May 2015.

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FREDERIKSVÆRK

LANDSCAPE PLANNING - FREDERIKSVÆRK, DENMARK Acadamic work: Course: Project team:

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June 2013 Landscape Planning Maja Aarup Hansen, Monika Kalicinska, Jannik Rosenlind + Roy Straathof

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The main objective of this project is to attract new residents to Frederiksværk by creating additional living areas as well as work places settled in attractive and diverse landscapes. The refined places are created by reusing the existing town structure and landscape and by adding innovative architecture. Moreover, the strengthening of the site specific identities of the six areas create vibrant public spaces and provide improved access to the sites. The proposal consists of six different typologies creating different land- and town-scapes providing various functions. The typologies reflect or contrast the local surroundings creating correlation and synergy between old and new elements. The following typologies are distinguished within the frame: ’The Cultural Gjethouse’, ’The Library Garden’, ’The Recreational Pass’, ’The Creative Hub’, ’The Museum Square’ and ’The Church Square’. The different typologies are physically distinguished by the density of the buildings, the present natural vs. man made structures and with the amount of nature vs. paved surfaces. Furthermore, by enhancing the site specific atmosphere, the parts will represent various experiences.

This overview plan shows the distribution of the urban interventions that will reactivate the town of Frederiksværk

The proposal improves the quality of the public life by pulling the surrounding nature, such as extensive forest and wetlands into the town, and emphasizing the importance of existing recreational routes. A strategy for implementation of new forest plantings creates a connection between the existing forest in the north-east and the wetlands in the south-west. - 33 -


FREDERIKSVÆRK

LANDSCAPE PLANNING - FREDERIKSVÆRK, DENMARK

This detailed plan shows the design of one of the renewed areas. The ‘Creative hub’ provides new functions while preserving the heritage buildings and characteristics of the site.

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FREDERIKSVÆRK

LANDSCAPE PLANNING - FREDERIKSVÆRK, DENMARK

Volume study shows the area and spatial properties of the enhanced sites

The model gives an overview of the interventions, changes in landscape and urban structure

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Concept diagram shows the transformation from a scattered town, reframed and ďŹ nally redeďŹ ned into 6 urban intervention sites

The time line shows the development of a typical site on the long term and the possible changes in density and function.

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TÅRNBY

URBAN RENEWAL - COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Academic work: Course: Project team:

February 2012 Urbanism Studio Vigdis Steinarsdottir, Ingrid Nålsund + Roy Straathof

This plan for the Tårnby crossing shows the enclosed and delicate space of the garden, in contrast to the crossing highway.

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This project is about implementing soft landscape elements into an existing urban structure on a complex car-orientated location in Tårnby. The proposal emphasizes on the contrasting urban structure and above all the uniqueness and fascinating spatial structure of the site. Whether you are driving through the Tårnby tunnels, walking towards Tårnby square or cycling to school, when entering the big circle of trees of the Thornby Park, the grid aligned paths will lead you through an unique ambiance that will stimulate your senses and makes you forget about the troubles of life. The rush from suburban city life will flush away from you and makes you realize how enjoyable the contrast between rough nature, man-made elements and the rich details of vegetation can be. This place has been transformed from a carorientated dangerous intersection, lacking pleasant atmosphere and human scale, into a park where contrasts are playing with your senses. When zooming out, we see that the park for fills a function on urbanism scale. The massive ring of trees forms the border of a green center as the living room of the site. Thanks to the shared space philosophy that gave form to the central part of the park, the experience of moving through, is equally exciting for pedestrians, cyclists as well as for cars.

For the model textures, colours and herbs and spices are used to communicate the richness in texture and sensory experience of the design.

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LANDSCAPE PARK GATOW DESIGN COMPETITION - BERLIN, GERMANY Professional work: Firm: Competition result: Project team:

April 2011 Levin-Monsigny Landschaftsarkitekten Finalist Ludivine Baruton, Luc Monsigny + Roy Straathof

This plan shows the open structure of the landscape park with the different agricultural and leisure functions divided by a clear path system that builds on the existing structure of the surroundings.

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Parklandschaft Gatow - Urbane Landwirtschaft

The area of the former Gatow airport lies like a clearance in between forests and settlements on the western edge of the city of Berlin. Its openness contrasts dynamically with the differentiated structures of the edges of town, forests and airfield. The east side of the new park is shaped by the airport’s big structures, in the west by sculptural relics of the former shooting range. With its contemporary and flexible management it will be the activating part of an ever-changing cultural landscape.

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The Gatow fields is a suburban park of the 21st Century: Recreation, crop cultivation and nature conservation are embedded in a clear and robust design framework. The horticultural and landscape architectural areas can flexibly adapt to changing demand. The involvement of regional and local actors in the development of the park strengthens the identification with the park and generates an identity that stretches beyond its immediate surroundings.

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LANDSCAPE PARK GATOW DESIGN COMPETITION - BERLIN, GERMANY

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This cross-section shows the back wall of the shooting-range, transformed into a big climbing wall

This section shows huge scale of the concrete elements in relation to the surrounding fruit tree covered hills

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The ‘shooting range’ is a special area in the project where huge concrete structures provide an opportunity for new functions such as climbing and other outdoor activities.

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roystraathof@live.nl

Landscape Architecture + Urban Design Portfolio  

Roy Straathof

Landscape Architecture + Urban Design Portfolio  

Roy Straathof

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