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Samuel McCann Landscape Architecture and Design Portfolio


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Position: Landscape Architect/ Designer To be apart of a multi-disciplinary development planning, design and project management practice, that is highly professional yet innovative and of which has the capacity to adapt and to continually take new directions is the sort of company I am looking to align myself with. Possessing a strong enthusiasm and passion for landscape architecture and design, I enjoy experimentation and playing with a big idea until it can be transformed to fit the brief. I am Equipped with a strong work ethic a keen eye for detail, creativity, free thinking skills a personable character and a high education, I am an individual who is ambitious, outgoing and direct. Fitting into groups and being a positive team player or leader is a strong point backed up by a strong and confident oral presentation style. My latest leadership experience comes in the form of holding the position of president of L.A.S.S.U (Landscape Architecture Student Society of Unitec). In my career to date I have found it important to trust ones own personal design hunches in the early conceptual stages. I believe it is healthy as a designer to question the given. The opportunity to challenge and engage with others is extremely beneficial for self-development. I enjoy the exposure to new ideas, and the opportunity to creatively explore design ideas. I have just completed my Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. The underpinning notions of design and methodology have formed the basis of my daily workload over the last four years. During this time I also actively engaged in a University placement at Guelph University in Toronto, Canada. This was an opportunity to experience numerous countries and their styles of Landscape, Architecture and design whilst also studying. Exposure to these countries has made me a more rounded and knowledgeable designer. Sincerely Samuel Scott McCann


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This map/plan is illustrative only and all information should be independently verified on site before taking any action.Copyright Auckland Council. Boundary information from LINZ (Crown Copyright Reserved). Whilst due care has been taken, Auckland Council gives no warranty as to the accuracy and completeness of any information on this map/plan and accepts no liability for any error, omission or use of the information. Height datum: Auckland 1946.

This map/plan is illustrative only and all information should be independently verified on site before taking any action.Copyright Auckland Council. Boundary information from LINZ (Crown Copyright Reserved). Whilst due care has been taken, Auckland Council gives no warranty as to the accuracy and completeness of any information on this map/plan and accepts no liability for any error, omission or use of the information. Height datum: Auckland 1946.

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information from LINZ (Crown Copyright Reserved). Created:  Saturday,  15  October  2011,7:51:34  p.m. Whilst due care has been taken, Auckland Council

gives no warranty as to the accuracy and completeness of any information on this map/plan and accepts no liability for any error, omission or use of the information. Height datum: Auckland 1946. This map/plan is illustrative only and all information should be independently verified on site before taking any action.Copyright Auckland Council. Boundary information from LINZ (Crown Copyright Reserved). Whilst due care has been taken, Auckland Council Created:  Saturday,  15  October  2011,7:51:34  p.m. gives no warranty as to the accuracy and completeness of any information on this map/plan and accepts no liability for any error, omission or use of the information. Height datum: Auckland 1946.

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“Auckland is the to New Zealand and each year over 2 million vistiors arrive in Auckland by air sea or Cruise Ship”

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1Highrise building opportunity providing car park building and hotel. Height gives hotel views and stitching the CBD to the waterfront

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Saturated Intersections “The down town Car Park and its surroundings is one of the main redevelopment and redevelopment and Public realm opportunities in the masterplan.”


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Traffic and pedestrian increases are immenent at the heart of Aucklands waterront with the development of the Tankfarm and the newly positioned Te Whero Wharf. These pieces of new infrustructure will filter an increased number of locals and tourists alike, harder and further to the left at the waters edge and Viaduct Central more than ever before. Do we take up our position on the small side walks on our journeys, dodgingheavyindustrialvehicalsandcongestion,ortakea bold leap towards developing enhanced and unique coastal space and access along and more importantly back towards the city.

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Analysis of Aucklands City Centre network led me to make an early speculation. This involved making a bold design move and redirecting the heavy volume of traffic away from the waterfront. This speculationinvolved linking up to the highways. If one was motorway bound then they would have to loop around and out. This circuit was intended to to revitalize the central city whilest giving new priorities the pedestrian.

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CONCEPT

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Indentifying Swanson as an area of inevitable urban growth was an important feature of the design process, we considered the urban limit system and its effect on development. It seems consistent adjustment of the urban limit devalues the urban –rural transition, the very space where exciting human occupancy can occur

Catchment Lines

GIS Data studies revealed the site south of Swanson to be a literal representation of an urban/natural gradient with ecological patches becoming smaller and more isolated approaching suburbia, and with urban density and plot sizes becoming more porous and larger respectively.

A dynamic planning implementation system will help establish such a relationship; a series of developmental and reactive stages allows a push/pull interaction between human and natural elements. By assigning different roles to the land parcels considered, we are ensuring each plays a part in shaping the planning

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CBD Water/Air Auckland Rail Corridor Transport infrustructures

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Swanson Panorama

Ranges - a merger which becomes a key part of our planning specification as we identify and accentuate its features.

Proportion

Native Re-vegetation

Urban/Natural Grain

Re-vegetation The process of Re-vegetation establishes a base green

The 3d stack illustrates the different natural and humanized ‘skins’ upon the land,

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strategy, and rescuing land packages from a state of hopeless urban limbo.

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Consecutive movements in the urban limit as growth pressures increase will ultimately eat most of this land without any real planning advantage and with each development irrespective and unresponsive to the last. Our concept involves an exaggeration in the porous urban and natural elements; a fusion of urban growth and natural considerations to form a ‘humanized wilderness’ relationship between the ranges and suburbia.

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framework on which we can apply humanised surfaces without adverse impact on natural processes

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Use of primary successsive species such as manuka and kanuka forms craddles in which we can construct instensely human environments or intensify ecological processes

Waterways are developed in a way which improves processes such as infiltration and phytoremediation while transmitting human movements over friendly and beautiful terrain.

Food Production Productivity analysis revealed pockets of land which are in usage. However due to their small isolated nature we will give precedence to efficient

urban expansion where necessary

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474 houses owned Park n Ride 30 Carparks

426 families w. children 507 - 2+ Vehicles 117 privately rented 39 renting state housing

The concept of walkability in relation to our TOD establishes the basis for prescribed Anchoring Forms and threaded connectivity. Loose sketches shown above left

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concern our emerging focus on the idea that a locus of Walkability from a given

Rail connectivity to Auckland + Waitakere

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Census data is graphically represented upon an aproximate scale of neighbour proportion, allowing us to characterise the Swanson population with a line plotting their tendancies. This information is visually tied in the panorama to ensure true engagement with the community character and to deepen our understanding of such an image by understanding the human framework which has generated this scene. At the upper left corner of the this graphic is a model for approximate population growth up til 2031 which was highly valuable in modelling posible expansion scenarios and required densities.

Indicative carpark to gauge public transport usage. Low impact reconfigurable permeable surface. Ie. Gravel or gobi pavers.

Buffer network planted along riparian margins and train line to screen visual and audible pollution.

Rural riparian margin and floodplains follow gentle inclines and generate rich natural scenes, these areas are well suited to our concept of threading connections across the landscape.

point forms an irregular shape which is responsive to topography (the steepness of slopes a pedestrian may encounter), attractions and the nature of the trip. Mathematical analysis provdided a locus of Walkability which is weighted according to slope. It shows the suitability of a certain valley to the east of the station for pedestrian access to the foothills.

This panorama focuses on the rural to rurban to urban transitionary stages, it is of particular value when identifying the three dimensional impacts of a medium density development across the tracks

Wetland machine to cleanse run off and encourage natural flooding and balance human impact.

Threads

Medium density residential macro park to experiment with social programme and a visual security network buffer.

Threads – A soft development process involving a series of connections weaving across the landscape between consecutive elements of the planning specification. They may take physical form; transmitting pedestrians or vehicles, connecting ecologies of natural or urban form. They may be an intangible process, directing views or decisions in during an experience within a development.

A small number of vertical density buildings along threads to test the ecological and social viability of this type of density in a wilderness setting.

We have determined a pedestrian connection which follows contours of easy

gradient through the proposed medium density development up through the foothills to the stage 4 Vertical development. Medium density housing preserving TOD walkability considerations and rural aesthetics. Establishes a safe familial pocket in keeping with the family oriented Swanson demographic.

Planted native seral species such as manuka creating an ecological anchor for low impact recreational use and for future human and ecological co-existance.

The threads system runs from the Swanson train station parallel along the tracks (approx. 1km). The tracks borders two riparian buffered waterways, one winding around the border of stage one and the second riparian of which arcs from the top (stage 4 (cognizance)) back down and around linking up to the original starting point, the Swanson train station.

Boardwalks and paths create easy walkable access to and from Swanson station. These are a product of Walkability considerations and follow a gentle gradient as they connect to planned residential developments along the way.

Wide planted riparian margins create an open space network for boardwalks and paths to run unimpeded from Swanson.

Anchoring

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Anchoring is designed to be a medium density housing district, providing occupant with open recreational areas, the establishment of a thoroughfare/ walking track for future proposed linkage to stages 2-4. This additional housing district is designed to further enhance the TOD mechanism for further encouragement of the use of public transport. This stage lies parallel to the existing train tracks and Swanson township. In addition buffer zones will also be implemented. A wetland will also be constructed along the southern boundary for this anchoring stage.

Threads

Multistory humanised wilderness to test secondary node and tower implementation, centered upon Christian and Oneills crossroads.

Automated transport eg. Slim Ride light rail to connect Swanson station to the new development node.

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Landusage consists of a complex patchwork of urban, rural, and wilderness processess, overlaid with slope and waterways this

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Soil property mapping revealing a major clay formation of lower ecological value than surrounding land, combined with its geotechnical stability this is

the ideal position for multistorey developments

The two maps to the right show overlays usage to position high impact multistorey human environments in zones of

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Open spaces consisting of rolling hills and stream systems provide an exciting network on which to establish our multistorey dwelling network within a richly forested wilderness

Varying densities in vertically orientated developments with population growth. Strategy able to be applyed over surrounding land with appropriate considerations .

Expanded multistory humanised wilderness centre with retail outlets to cater for new residents.

Potential multistory building footprints. These footprints can be purchased by property developers. Council will maintain open space ownership in order to maintain ecological health of the environment. Each purchase and build has unique implications on what can be constructed around it. A limit density will apply, meaning when a building is placed it will cancel nearby potential footprints. Buildings will be placed with input from shareholders and unique Landscape Architectural studies conducted on each site pertaining to impact assessment, aesthetics, and connections to the urban ecological matrix. Densities will vary over differing surfaces – key factors concerning such densities will involve proximity to development centre, suitability of surface and proximity to waterways. Building designs will be specified within a tight envelope of constraints governing shape, size, materials, ecological viability etc.

Ecological adjustments to ensure rich forest environments within the human/wilderness spaces Surrounding land maintains low density specs to preserve rural character and outlook, however more anchors, threads and social nodes can be established as time progresses. It is envisioned this area will eventually become a intense human/wild interaction, and dynamic transition between suburbia /TOD and fully wild areas such as the Waitakere Ranges

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A project by Jamie Stronge, Sam Mcgann, Chris Roberts-Brewer and Ethan Reid

Swanson-Auckland-Phase 1 Site Analysis + Approach


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Expanded multistory humanised wilderness centre with retail outlets to cater for new residents.

Living Living

Swanson residential development. development as it stands. The site is located within the catchments tom catchment) It has three streams that run into it. The Gambling (Tribituary). The site as it stands it relatively low density planted. Rimu,stone pine, genko, Kaikuayu grass,silver tree fern. The site is be linked down to it by a light rail system.

Potential multistory building footprints. These footprints can be purchased by property developers. Council will maintain open space ownership in order to maintain ecological health of the environment. Each purchase and build has unique implications on what can be constructed around it. A limit density will apply, meaning when a building is placed it will cancel nearby potential footprints. Buildings will be placed with input from shareholders and unique Landscape Architectural studies conducted on each site pertaining to impact assessment, aesthetics, and connections to the urban ecological matrix. Densities will vary over differing surfaces – key factors concerning such densities will involve proximity to development centre, suitability of surface and proximity to waterways. Building designs will be specified within a tight envelope of constraints governing shape, size, materials, ecological viability etc.

Concept

Significantly commiting to viewing Swanson as an area of inevitable urban growth was an important feature of the design process, I considered the urban limit system and its effect on development. It seems consistent adjustment to the urban limit devalues the urban-rural transition, the very space where exciting human occupancy can occur. GIS data studies revealed the site south of swanson to be a literal representation of an urban/natural gradient with ecological patches becoming smaller and more isolated approaching suburbia , and with urban density and plot sizes becoming more porus and larger respectively. Consecutive movements in the urban limit as growth pressures increase will ultimately eat most of this land without any real planning advantage and with each development irrespective and unresponsive to the last. My concept involves an exaggeration in the porus urban and natural elements; a fusion of urban growth and natural considerations to form a ‘humanized wilderness’ relationship between the rangers and suburbia. Having approached the site with a determination to produce something that would produce a type of living that reflected the open spaces and green fields that embody Swanson I followed a logic that focused heavily on the interface between PUBLIC and PRIVATE spaces, This Logic has then been divided into

Cognizance Site

The site below sites on 14 hectares of open land with limited residential of upperswanson (upperswanson catchment ) and the Waimoko ( botGuly (perenial) which is a first order stream and the Swanson stream The ecosystem consists of trees such as Manuka, Kanuka, tea tree, flax, located 2km from the local railstation. This site has the potential to

Context

Initail Conept looking at the division of private and public space

a 3 band system beginning with HEavy,Light, Lighter in terms of humanization to the land. It is designed to provide occupants with a sustained sense of experiencial living. An important aspect that this design focuses on is the balance or inbalance if you will that leans heavily in the favour towards opening up more land to public use which would sit right on residents door steps providing for lush and vibrant ecosystems for children run freely through and for what would provide the foundations for a enriched community environment. The design has been brocken down into 3 relatively seamless transitions . The begining of the development is located overlooking the valley below, . The housing infrustructure begins with a 15 meter (5 storey) lowering to 5m semi terraced housing complex. Within this ZONE occupants would be accomdated with SECLUDED PRIVATE AREAS AND PARKING and amenities which would provide for social interaction with fellow occupants and allow for the feeling of ownership. This HEAVY sector bleed out into the environment not by staggered development but through the ideaology of Living to wilderness within 14 hectares.

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The third stage is wilderness which we are lead to via meander walkways which rise and lower over the uneven and tilted contours. These walking track are contrasted by the density of planting and narrowing of track and lack of open grass fields. The tracks are designed to link up to the waitakere rangers and Swanson town centre. Interms of the buildings, green roofs and use of materials which blend and reflect and take on the enviroment would be sought. Parking: Parking is concentrated within the development, instead of being on the outskirts. Occupants would drive into the housing along a main road which then breaks off into individual areas through tunnel archways( as can be viewed on the 1st render below). It is designed to be hiden from other residents not living in certain areas while also being accessible close to ones house. It is also designed so that passers buy cannot see parked car keeping the look tidy.

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The section to the left is a fine representation of the views that occupants would look down onto from a raised and extended platform which would be surrounded by planting to give the efect of a hanging garden. With in and around this platform would be located commertail opportunities such as cafes and restaurants.

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The 3 diagrams above represent the road and pathway network, the building plan the the public space.. The main housing development is approx 1000spuare ft at around 5 storys. Housing =112. And the second lot being 30m by 10m = 12 houses.

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8. My design incorporated the use of various platforms that were raised steadily until the middle section of the bridge where they would then start to decline in the opposing direction again. Beneath these platforms were large sized floating pontoons that were planted with various indigenous shrub and small trees to create a walk of soughts through the history of the native land, while also providing a non- traditional type ‘green space’ for the city. The bridge is thus divided up into walking spaces, viewing platforms with recreational incentives and vegetation pontoons of which are to provide the inner city population and tourism industry with a unique crossing and tranquil environment that is in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the business district that surrounds it.

Te Whero crossing: Viaduct Harbour: Design Brief: To design a bridge/crossing linking the end of Te Whero warf on the viaduct harbour to the princess warf side. The design process incorporated intensive site analysis, which was done by narrowing in on one aspect that was currently taking place on the site and developing a design that related back to that aspect.

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Unitec:

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To redesign a courtyard that weaves between buildings located at Unitecs building one. STRIPS: This development came about by using unique design drivers. It incorporated an abstract styled study of the site. My design was generated by overlaying certain aspects of the site

over each other then pealing back strips ( brick walls, drains, graffiti and walkways

to the original card used. Certain aspects of the images end result such as “strips� was then applied to the site itself. With ideas been taking from the analysis the end design employed feature mounds (small to large scale) to be scattered throughout the site, in between which are paved recreation areas. The mounds themselves create enclosed and open spaces for students to interact on. The paving areas like the


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