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Sandra.Nam.Cioffi@gmail.com (917) 685.7170 NEW YORK


Westchester County, New York

background (su m m a r y)

Chicago, Illinois

Prior to graduate school, I was in New York

D.C. After being accepted into Virginia Tech’s

City and lived in a small studio on the Upper

three-year first professional degree program

East Side. My life was very urban, hipster-ish,

in landscape architecture at the Washington-

and surrounded by good friends and family.

Alexandria Architecture Center, I fell in love with

After receiving a B.A. from the University of

design, with the landscape, and with the idea

Chicago, I landed in the beauty and cosmetics

that I could possibly do something to make a

field and acquired skills in sales and marketing

mark in the world.

for the perfume industry focusing on brand

management for luxury goods. A few years

thesis and stepping back out into the working

after working in the creative world of scents,

landscape, I look down below and notice that

my marketing skills expanded into the merchant

I am wearing a new pair of shoes and I see

services industry focusing on business-to-

the world anew with a fresh nose. My hope is

business (B2B) activities.

to work in an office that is always challenging

In 2008, I decided to walk a new path

the conversation in landscape architecture and

in the field of landscape architecture and

looking for ways to make great things happen

discover its beauty while living in Washington,

out there.

New York City

Having recently finished my master’s

Washington, D.C.

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The places I’ve lived.


table of contents

Master of Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech

Professional Work

Additional Work

background

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The Southeast Side Story 2012 MLA Thesis Washington, D.C.

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Urban Reading Park 2010 Fall Studio Alexandria, VA

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Chestnut Oak Grove Columbarium 2010 Spring Studio Herndon, VA

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Earth, Movement, Play 2009 Fall Studio Washington, D.C.

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Woodside Urban Park, a Montgomery County Park Silver Spring, MD

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ScentWalks in Landscape Writing & Volunteer Work

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Drawing Label Text for the drawing

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The Southeast Side Story: A landscape narrative about D.C.’s fillscapes

landscape has a story to tell, and U street

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every story is embedded in a site’s memory.

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thesis project investigates how a landscape

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MLA Thesis, 2010 - 2011 | Washington, D.C. | Dr. Paul Kelsch, ASLA; Brian Katen, ASLA; Dr. Paul Emmons, RA

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architect can read, design, and communicate U.S. Capitol

a landscape narrative so that it resonates on a deep emotional level with the user of a site. By

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‘reading’ the urban landscape of our nation’s

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capital, a multi-layered narrative reveals itself

Inspired by the inherent beauty of the

landscape of Washington, D.C., this thesis is ultimately set in Southeast, D.C. to tell the story of how filled land along the Anacostia River came to be while revealing the memory of its own history to become a sustainable design of both culture and nature.

As a form of cultural, historical, and

ecological sustainability, this project serves as a pedagogical tool to understand exactly how a landscape’s narrative can reveal itself through design, and how a site’s narrative can serve as a complex web of interrelated natural and manmade systems for the benefit of human society and urban wildlife.

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Golfes d'ombre; E, candeurs des vapeurs et des tentes, Lances des glaciers fiers, rois blancs, frissons d'ombelles; I, pourpres, sang craché, rire des lèvres belles Dans la colère ou les ivresses pénitentes; U, cycles, vibrements divins des mers virides, Paix des pâtis semés d'animaux, paix des rides Que l'alchimie imprime aux grands fronts studieux; O, Suprême Clairon plein des strideurs étranges, Silences traversés des Mondes et des Anges: —Ô l'Oméga, rayon violet de Ses Yeux! ~ Jean-Nicholas-Arthur Rimbaud

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in the process of mapping scents in the city, in

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A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu: voyelles, Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes: A, noir corset velu des mouches éclatantes Qui bombinent autour des puanteurs cruelles,

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‘READING’ THE ESSENTIAL LANDSCAPE NARRATIVE OF

SCENTWALK OF CHINATOWN / GALLERY PLACE (above):

A ScentWalk through

D.C. (Left): Historical mapping and analysis revealed the

Chinatown in Northwest, D.C. revealed its essence of place as the intersection of all

urban form of Washington, D.C. was highly influenced

intersections. This area was full of scents of women’s perfumes, cigarettes, various

by its topographical and physical features.

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eateries, gasoline and rubber from moving vehicles, and the synthetic scents of

L’Enfant was the first to lay out the foundation of our

vinyl, candied goods, and the air pumped from ventilation systems. The mapping

nation’s capitol, but he used the topographical features

exercise communicated the temporal identity of Chinatown in Washington, D.C. while

of the landscape and the river’s edges to do so.

also suggesting its essence of character embedded in place.

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2011 MLA Thesis

L ’ E N F A N T P L A N

White House

An 18th century vision of a new capital city with open parks, grand national monuments, and a garden-lined ”grand avenue”.

10,032 ft. (1.9 miles) 6,336 ft. (1.2 miles) Lincoln Memorial

U.S. Capitol

Washington Monument

FILL-SCAPES A desire to engage and connect the regional landscape to the local, cityplan by reclaiming soil and redefining the character of the river front. ~ 1,000 ft. ~ 3,700 ft. ~4

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S I D E : noun

-A line bounding a plane figure. -A surface bounding a solid figure. -A surface of an object, especially a surface joining a top and bottom. -Either of the two surfaces of a flat object. -The part within an object or area to the left or right of the observer or of its vertical axis. -The left or right half of the trunk of a human or animal body. -The space immediately next to someone. -The space immediately next to something. -One of two or more contrasted parts or places within an area, identified by its location with respect to a center. -An area separated from another area by an intervening feature, such as a line or barrier. -One of two or more opposing individuals, groups, teams, or sets of opinions. -One of the positions maintained in a dispute or debate. -A distinct aspect. -Line of descent. -An incomplete script that shows the lines and cues of a single performer only.

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Inaccessible Waterfront The Forgotten River Tidal Water The ‘Other Side’ of D.C. Lack of Paths Major Road Infrastructure

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path parallel to current edge | making 2 sides (north/south + river/base) present.

Levee Construction Taming the River Architectural Edge

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intersections along the path and old shoreline | dialogue between cut + fill, between fill + forest, and past + present; referencing 2 sides at the same time.

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Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Taming the Land Controlled Edge

River Water

path centerline weaving through the old shoreline | making the 2 sides present.

intersections between city and new shoreline | dialogue between L’enfant plan + new plan and between present + present; referencing 2 sides at the same time.

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new fill/land

memory of river/water

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interfaces of lines + sides

Inaccessible Views of the City Rip Rap along the Edge Confluence of 2 Rivers Ecological Corridor Nature Turning Wild Abandoned Railroad Track (B&O’s Shepherd Branch)

Two methods reveal the identities alongside these lines of reference

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Back Roads along the Edge Transition to Northern Half of the Base Secured Intelligence Information

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the narrative | the essence of the site

Lines and sides have interesting relationships. When you draw one line, two sides are revealed. When you draw two lines, an area is defined. This is a landscape that tells the story between what is old vs. what is new land and to reveal the dialogue of what is present and what is absent; revealing both the processes (cut and fill) and characters (nature and man, river and forest) that created this landscape.

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CUT Service Roads

under S. Capitol Street Ramps at Poplar Point.

to connect the new edge with old edge while also allowing the narrative to come together as a whole landscape.

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Storage Pod

D.C. Water & Sewer Authority

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Buzzard Point Marina

CUT Asphalt Lot

Recreational Fields

Levee System

Chain Link Fence

James Creek Marina

between S. Capitol Street’s northbound and southbound routes to develop forest management system.

Asphalt Lot

Cut Bank Present along the boundary of base and S. Capitol Street Detention Swale

Simultaneous views of Washington Monument + U.S. Capitol White House Communications Agency View of Washington Monument

North Gate & Checkpoint

CUT RIVER

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Interstate 295 Overhead Bridge

Stairway for North Levee Path

Elevate S. Capitol Street

in CUT ZONE 2 along the old shoreline to create a constructed wetland and manage stormwater runoff.

Old Railroad Crossing Signs still present

Navy Barracks 10’ Exposed Concrete Flood Wall

D.C. Water & Sewer Authority Buildings

Expansive view of the city with simultaneous views of Washington Monument + U.S. Capitol

Reconnect the Road Infrastructure

Barry Farm Southeast, D.C. Neighborhood

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Military Vehicle Parking Lot & Maintenance

Line from old taxiway between 2 airfields

Levee System

Factors-Elements-Zones that limit/permit the negotiation process for determining the site boundary

New construction for Department of Homeland Security (Historic Site of St. Elizabeths Hospital for the Insane)

Asphalt Ramp to South Levee Path

Congressional Heliport

Experiential factors

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CUT RIVER Defense Boulevard acts as a spine to connect the 2 halves of the base, yet it only perpetuates the false notion that this (new) filled land is the same as the adjacent (old) land. This land is inherently different from the local landscape. Similarly, this half of the base is mainly a site for secure intelligence operations, whereas the southern half of the base is suburban and residential in nature.

Ecological Corridor: heavily vegetated area dominated by invasives and groundhog crossing

retention pond on base

so as not to disrupt access through the site, while also further defining the identities of the edge and the fill in the process.

Public Works Building

-Potential public path path along the old shoreline -Potential public path along the existing shoreline -Views of the city along the existing shoreline -Defense Boulevard on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Remove Parking Lots

CUT a portion of Defense Boulevard

to create space for redeveloping the edge along the old shoreline and construct a wetland in CUT ZONE 3.

where the taxiway used to be. It currently acts as a spine and allows for direct movement between the northern and southern sides of what is now considered JOINT Base BollingAnacostia.

Infrastructural elements -South Capitol Street (southbound lane) -South Capitol Street (northbound lane) -Roads and Parking Lots that intersect with the Old Shoreline -Buildings that intersect with the Old Shoreline -Base Security

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Ecological zones Brookley Ave S.W. back access road on base Chain-Link Fence

Shooting Range

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gravel parking lot recreational fields + picnic areas

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Defense Intelligence Agency

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Interstate 295 N/S

to create space for redeveloping the edge along the old shoreline.

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Congress Heights Southeast, D.C. Neighborhood

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by utilizing the access road (Bradley Avenue) to redirect traffic along the Old Shoreline, making the edge present and active, and further outlining its new(er) form from the old landscape.

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The proposed site negotiates the private/secure parts of the base with non-private/non-secured areas outside its borders through strategic and non-imposing ways. This outline enhances the qualities of the site, its characteristics, and inherent identities, while also distinguishing itself as its own landscape.

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Abandoned Railroad Tracks from B&O Shepherd’s Branch emerges from heavily vegetated & fenced area

-The Anacostia River and Potomac River edges -The heavily vegetated area between Bradley Ave. & S. Capitol St.

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infrastructure | redefining the filled landscape based on the old landscape in order to create a whole landscape

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Northern Connection (betw. old and new) At the juncture where levee meets berm, where old meets new, and where cut meets fill, this area will become a kayak launch site for public recreation and provide direct access to the new riverfront. CUT ZONE 1 will act as a small basin to allow the river water to calmly flow in and out with the tides.

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are major guiding lines upon which Tulip Poplar saplings (a pioneer species) will be planted for forest management in FILL ZONE 1. A mixture of Tulip Poplar and Black Locust trees will also be planted along parallel lines 15’ from these major lines. The northbound lane of S. Capitol Street and retaining wall at I295 will serve as the major boundaries to the east of this site.

Water flows and Sub-sub Watersheds

This plan calls for planting roughly 3000+ tree saplings during the initial 3 years along 1.5 miles. They will consist of Tulip Poplars, Black Locusts, Virginia Pines, Swamp White Oaks, Eastern Red Cedars and Sweet Birch Trees, all major pioneer species in the local region.

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The experience at the edge of the river provides numerous views of Washington, D.C., including simultaneous views of the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol building, which are currently inaccessible to the public. The connection to the city lies dormant at the heart of this edge. With a new public pathway, people can experience the edge of a forgotten riverfront, kayakers can meander down the river on the main channel or alongside the new barrier islands, and boats can dock at the edge of the barrier islands and enjoy new places along the river.

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Sewer lines follow the path of the old shoreline and flow towards the Potomac River. Stormwater flowing into detention area 2 will be filtered, piped into this drainage system, and will then flow out into the river.

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Historic Property Lines at Giesboro Point Sweet Birch trees will be planted at the historic Giesboro Point, where the old shoreline meets the new shoreline, attracting the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker bird which breeds in the north and migrates south for the winter.

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The structural system of the new public pathway provides 2 ecological functions. (1) The barrier islands work to slow down the water, while (2) the perforated groins work to slow down and capture the sediment flowing down the river. Over time the sediment will accumulate and create a marsh-like condition, allowing for grasses and a tame nature to grow.

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Street Lines from Congress Heights will act as major lines to plant Eastern Red Cedar tree saplings for forest management in FILL ZONE 3. Congress Heights takes its name from its hilly geography which provides views across the Anacostia to the Capitol.

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On an original 1891 map created by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, a distance of 1000 ft. was measured from the northern edge as the distance upon which ships could traverse after the river was dredged. The fill from the dredge was placed alongside this line to the east and what is now the site for Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. The edge of this filled land did not reach 1000 ft, but rather further from it at 1190 ft (less sediment was dredged than anticipated). The new designed public path runs parallel to the current shoreline and levee system at a maximum distance of 190 ft. from the existing seawall to meet this original distance, while also working to create a natural security system for the base. A dual series of barrier islands and perforated groins work to support the path, tame the water, and tame the sediment flowing down the river; all working to fill and tame the river as was done over a century ago.

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“Perfume is a language; through it the body gains expression and the spirit and soul of the body (its desires, needs, feelings) are roused from muteness to speech. The skin is the surface, the page, onto which this language is ‘imprinted’ or impressed for a short time before scent transforms the body into an altogether different, less substantial, more ethereal, and invisible incarnation of being.”

Northern Joint: Kayak Launch Site & Outfall for Constructed Wetland (1) into Anacostia River

~Richard Howard Stamelman

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System of Barrier Islands taming the river’s water (typ.)

System of Wood Pilings will allow for sediment build-up over time (typ.)

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which will allow for marsh-like conditions to grow and create a tame buffer next to the levee wall (typ.)

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58 Barrier Island providing a simultaneous view of the Washington Monument + U.S. Capitol

Barrier Island providing an exclusive view of the Washington Monument

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view of Washington Monument

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Elevated bridge connecting public path

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Marina and Pier for Base Employees and Base Residents Only

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Barrier Island providing a vast view of the city

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broad simultaneous view of Washington Monument + U.S. Capitol

Southern Joint : Outfall for Constructed Wetland (2) into Potomac River

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“This spectacle, moreover, is an epiphany not only of light but of eros (love); perfume eroticizes the body. It occasions a performance of self-display whereby the body, asserting its physical and sensual presence, makes a scene of its own privacy, turning intimacy into drama, theatre. The narcissism of the toilette and of the act of perfuming the wrists, elbows, neck, and cleavage, not only makes the body sensually perceptible to smell by transforming flesh into aroma; it broadcasts the body far and wide, projecting it and making public its intimacy; it ‘outs’ the body, so to speak, in a controlled and measured manner.” ~Richard Howard Stamelman, “Perfume”

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AVERAGE HIGH TIDE LEVEL

SECTION 1 : NEW GATEWAY TO THE ANACOSTIA RIVER KAYAK LAUNCH SITE AND BRIDGE TO RIVERWALK VIEW FACING NORTH

THE EXPERIENCE BEGINS AT THE END OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS BRIDGE WHERE THE NEW SHORELINE MEETS THE OLD SHORELINE

NEW BASIN FOR LAUNCHING KAYAKS & OUTFALL FOR FILTERED WATER FLOWING FROM CONSTRUCTED WETLAND 1 (ALONG THE OLD SHORELINE) WITH A VIEW OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT

AVERAGE HIGH TIDE LEVEL

SECTION 2 : NEW RIVER WALK ALONGSIDE THE NORTH LEVEE BARRIER ISLAND @ S. CAPITOL STREET VIEW FACING NORTH

SIMULTANEOUS VIEW OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT (LEFT) + U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING (RIGHT)

END OF S. CAPITOL STREET

NATURE, TAMED

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SECTION 3 : A VIEW OF THE ‘INSIDE’ MARINA AND CHECKPOINT FOR JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING VIEW FACING SOUTH

MARINA AND PIER FOR BASE EMPLOYEES AND RESIDENTS ONLY

ELEVATED BRIDGE CONNECTING THE PUBLIC RIVERWALK PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DO NOT CROSS PATHS

THE VIEW BEGINS TO EXPAND TOWARDS EAST POTOMAC PARK + HAINS POINT

AVERAGE HIGH TIDE LEVEL

SECURED ZONE SEPARATING PUBLIC FROM PRIVATE

SECTION 4 : A BROAD VIEW OF THE CITY BARRIER ISLAND ALONGSIDE THE SOUTH LEVEE VIEW FACING NORTH

SOUTH LEVEE

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SECTION 5 : THE FINALE SITTING AREA FOR VIEWING THE CITY AND ACTIVITIES ON THE POTOMAC RIVER VIEW FACING NORTH

THE GRAND BLEACHERS

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When partial clearing of the wildwood changed the Ile-de-France from a natural landscape into a working landscape, Dubos wrote, it gave rise to ‘an environmental diversity that provides nourishment for the senses and for the woodlands, as well as from the alternation of sunlit surfaces and shaded areas.’ For him, the ‘profound origin’ of that nourishment was an ‘increased awareness of the interdependence between humans beings and their total environment.” ~Tony Hiss, “The Experience of Place”

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SECTION 1 : FILL TULIP POPLAR + BLACK LOCUST FOREST

OLD SHORELINE

SECTION 2 : CUT CONSTRUCTED WETLAND - DETENTION AREA 1

SECTION 3 : FILL VIRGINIA PINE + SWAMP WHITE OAK FOREST

SECTION 4 : CUT + FILL CONSTRUCTED WETLAND - DETENTION AREA 2 | PINE + OAK FOREST

GATE TO JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING

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PIPES FOR DIRECTING FILTERED WATER TO NORTH JOINT

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SECTION 5 : FILL EASTERN RED CEDAR + VIRGINIA PINE FOREST

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“Perfume is a ‘here’ en route to a ‘there,’ a today floating away in the direction of a yesterday, a possession paradoxically coinciding with an imminent loss. Created from blossoms and petals which have surrendered their floral odors, and their ‘lives,’ perfume is, when all is said and done, a concentrate of loss, the distilled spirit of now-dead roses, macerated jasmine blossoms, or stem-withered lavender: ‘an essence of absence’” ~Richard Howard Stamelman w

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(Forest 2) Pioneer Species: Virginia Pine (Pinus virginiana) Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor)

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Pathway over wetland

Constructed Wetland / Detention Area (2 ) ~design for 2 year storm = estimated 555,oo cu. ft. of stormwater ~filtered water piped to southern joint at Giesboro Point into the Potomac River)

Red Twig Dogwood for Winter Interest

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The design of a landscape narrative The whole system will read, resonate, and tell its story.

The design along two shorelines (old and new) work together as productive landscapes to operate as one, while also subtly lifting or revealing the identity within. As L’Enfant had recognized

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and river edges around the city to devise the plan for D.C., this landscape also recognizes topographical boundaries and its river edges, both past and present, around this site. Along the new shoreline the infrastructure of a new pathway designed with perforated groins and pilings tame the river to create a marsh-like condition, while harnessing grand views of the city that are currently hidden form the public.

Along the old shoreline, an urban

forest of pioneer species coupled with major storm water catchment systems re-ignite the memory of the river’s old edge and the soil that was used for forestry and agriculture over a hundred years ago. Like a harmony of base notes over time, this is the structure that keeps it together, that keeps this southeastern half of the city operating with the northwestern half.

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2011 MLA Thesis

“The drama of perfume tells a tale of loss; it is a fable about the impermanence of life, a story of something gained and something taken away.� ~Richard Howard Stamelman

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working models 3-D visualization of the landscape narrative

The existing model (left column) shows the magnitude of sediment that was dredged from the bottom of the Anacostia River and then reclaimed by the government and military. It also shows the topographical difference between the hilly, old land compared to the very flat, new land. The new model (opposite page) shows how the design along each shoreline helps to emphasize each side of the river (both new and old) and how it unobtrusively works with its surrounding conditions.

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Drawing Label Text for the drawing

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Urban Reading Park A place for reading, daydreaming, and a marketplace for book vendors Fall Studio, 2010 | Alexandria, VA | Laurel McSherry, ASLA and Carolina Dayer, Ph.D. Candidate

Set

in historic Old Town Alexandria, VA, a

daydreamer can dream, and an avid book lover can wander into a new kind of urban marketplace. This studio project explores a settler’s desire to stay and a nomad’s desire to come and go in the landscape. Daydreaming stimulates a condition that allows one to be physically idle in one place while mentally wandering. For the daydreamer, time lapses and the landscape suddenly becomes distant, different, and desirable. Reading also triggers this condition. While physically idle and reading, one mentally wanders into the imagination of another. In conceiving a programmed space for daydreaming and reading, a parking lot in Old Town is transformed into a place for reading and selling books. Books are sold on sliding shelves that move in and out of a terraced park, becoming the settler in the landscape, while the nomadic readers come and go to read and dream during the day.

ABOVE, an aerial map shows the current site as a small urban parking lot, that has the potential to transform into a new marketplace for selling books (collage below map). BELOW, the history of this parking lot expresses the parceling of the land and how over time individuals have made smaller and smaller living spaces within, similar to reading nooks in a library. RIGHT PAGE, A diagrammatic storyboard shows how the new park takes a part of its history to make an outdoor place for reading and re-discovering the joy of buying real books and reading in the landscape.

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As one inherits a site to be re-made and re-designed, one takes care with the lines that have already been drawn in the past. The architecture of daydreaming provided the program for this site, while the history of the site and its existing characteristics provided a means to make the program fit with its surrounding neighborhood. This drawing shows the site turning a new page.

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2010 Fall Studio

Site Plan

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A terraced park provides an intimate landscape within a landscape where readers can nestle on one of many benches underneath two rows of apple trees. At ground level, vendors can sell books along six long outdoor shelves set underneath non-flowering Sweetgum trees. At dusk the park will empty and the shelves can slide into the walls of the terrace for storage at night.

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MATERIALS + PLANTINGS: using a soft palette of blue brick to line the terrace walls, rows of apple trees spark the imagination of the daydreamer and rows of non-flowering Sweetgum trees create shade for perusing books during the day. Corten Steel lines the front facade of the book shelves for a finishing touch, and for ease, the book shelves slide out from the wall via rail tracks.

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2010 Fall Studio

Site Plan

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Field of Benches scale 1:10

FIELD OF BENCHES, FIELD OF SPACE(S): a site plan of the overall design without the tree canopies reveals fluid movement from space to space, from one elevation to another, and for staying idle or for staying mobile. With this drawing it is clearer to see the tracks upon which the shelves will slide out from under the terraced park and where they will be stored within.

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3-D MODEL OF THE DESIGN: the model shows the details of the design such as the different pathways leading users up to the terraced section of the park. A ramped path and three sets of staircases provide a variety of ways to experience the site. The staircase at the park’s northeast corner is designed to be a back entrance for adjacent residents. Below one can see a closer view of the book shelves that slide in and out of the terraced park, the key to this design.

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Chestnut Oak Grove Cemetery: Columbarium Design An Independent Study Studio Course for the Owners of Chestnut Oak Grove Cemetery Spring, 2010 | Herndon, VA | Jaan Holt, W.A.A.C Center Director of Architecture + Design and Annalisa Miller, Ph.D. Candidate

At

the historic site of Chestnut Oak Grove Cemetery in Herndon,

Virginia, there is a small landscape within the cemetery designated for a columbarium design to be the last resting place for cremains. With the consultation of the owners of the cemetery, this design was inspired by my own mourning of a loved one, managed through the practice of a ‘sincere’ martial art, as well as a beautiful grove of Chestnut Oak trees on the site. The strength, beauty, and longevity of the Chestnut Oak tree provides the ‘breath of life’ for this design, and the rhythmic movement through the landscape follows the grove’s existing pattern on the site.

Final Site Plan (right) with drawings showing the sacred path-making process and design for hundreds of niches to be housed within this sacred landscape.

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Columbarium at Chestnut Oak Grove Cemetery

sacred space(s)

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Existing Site Sketch: Looking south on slight hill

ritualized disciplines of the body

Existing Site Sketch: Detail of a shrub after snowstorm

Existing Site Sketch: Looking west through the site

Existing Site Sketch: Looking south on gravel path

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At the end of each path, the mourner is embraced by a robust Chestnut Oak Tree.

Q u e r c u s p rinus | Che s tnut O ak T r ee

Section across the northern part of the site (east/west) facing north

E s t . m a x d ia me te r of t runk ~ 10 feet

Sacred Path-Making Movement in the landscape...

sacred space(s)

sequence of breath

sacred space(s)

meditative movements

love

Section across the southern part of the site (east/west) facing north

obedience

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respect

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Earth, Movement, Play (Rose Park + Rock Creek Park) Using earthworks as the only means to design and connect two adjacent parks. Fall Studio, 2009 | Washington, D.C. | Jonathan Fitch, ASLA, Adjunct Professor & Principal of Landscape Architecture Bureau [L.A.B.]

Similar

to a “Quick-Fire Challenge” on the

show Top Chef, this studio project had a twoweek turnaround from start to finish.

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site is actually two sites, Rose Park and Rock Creek Park in Northwest, D.C., and they are unassumingly separated by a chain-link fence and a steep drop in slope. The assignment had many limitations, yet three simple requirements: use only earthworks, connect the two parks so that children and adults may play, and it must

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be beautiful in the name of public art.

The design for the site was quickly

ignited during an initial site visit. While walking across the lawn adjacent to a baseball field,

Cretan labyrinth earthwork located in Northern California, USA

Storm King Wavefield, Maya Lin, 2007-2008

playful movement downhill

a sudden ‘dip’ in the landscape conjured

The requirements for

connecting earth

repetition

Field of snow moguls

Parallel Paths

cut + fill

multiple paths

the idea of snow moguls and skiing down a steep mountainside.

Earth Berms

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3-D Model of the final design at 1:20 Scale

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Woodside Urban Park, Silver Spring, Maryland Professional Renderings for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Project Leads: Lanshing Hwang, RLA, Symbiosis Inc. and Ching-Fang Chan, RLA, LEED-AP, MNCPPC | PROJECT HAS BEEN APPROVED

Woodside Urban Park in Silver Spring, a central

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business district in Maryland’s Montgomery County, will be undergoing a major re-design in the year 2018 or earlier. The $9.6M budget and design for the park was approved by the board in early October 2011.

My role in this project as Graphics

Contractor was to provide “before” photographs

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of four key areas in the park to then be fully rendered based on the new site design and materials palette (shown below) created by Ching-Fang

Chan,

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Architect and Project Manager for MNCPPC. The goal was also to market these renderings to the local community and reveal them during

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public hearings and presentations to the board in order to win their approval. PARKING

MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Parking

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Slide Stairs

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Groundcover Planting

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Rain Garden

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Play Path Bench Bioretention Planter

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2011 Professional Work

1 OPPOSITE PAGE Four key ‘before’ photographs stitched together as a panorama to provide the Board with an overview of the park’s existing site conditions and to be compared next to graphic renderings of its new design. 2

Rendering 1, New Perspective of the bioretention and demonstration gardens with the playscape for children in the 3

background.

Rendering 2, New Perspective of the community garden adjacent to the tennis court with a view of the rain barrel to collect rainwater for treatment.

Rendering 3, New Perspective of the great lawn, a new and open lawn providing picnic areas, recreation space, and shade along the perimeter.

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Woodside Urban Park, Silver Spring, Maryland Professional Renderings for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Project Leads: Lanshing Hwang, RLA, Symbiosis Inc. and Ching-Fang Chan, RLA, LEED-AP, MNCPPC | PROJECT HAS BEEN APPROVED

During

the project, I was offered another

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opportunity to provide key diagrammatic/ illustrative section renderings to further express the sustainable elements of the design.

A

complex rain and storm water system was designed with site engineering to be conveyed into three bioretention pools in the new design.

NIGHTTIME VIEW

The two drawings below reflect how the systems operate together for the benefit of the community.

The key experience I had during this

time was in having a fluid working relationship ROOF RUNOFF

HARVEST

with all parties involved and the ability to intuit and be sensitive to the project’s needs as well as the team leader’s vision for the project. All WATER TANK

of the renderings I worked on were published in PUMP

the final Facility Report, as one page is shown

MICRO-BIORETENTION 3 CROSSING

below.

TYP. BIORETENTION 12” WATER 24” MEDIUM 6” SAND 24” GRAVEL

OVERFLOW TO STORMDRAIN

MICRO-BIORETENTION 2 BRIDGE

RE-USE

MICRO-BIORETENTION 1 / WATER FEATURE

RUNNEL BOARDWALK RAIN GARDEN

GREAT LAWN BLUESTONE PAVING CLIMB N’ PLAY AMENITY POUR-IN-PLACE RUBBER MICRO-BIORETENTION 2 PERMEABLE PAVER COMMUNITY GARDEN

DEMONSTRATION GARDEN PERMEABLE PAVER CONCRETE SIDEWALK EXISTING GYM

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2011 Professional Work 4a

OPPOSITE

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DRAWINGS): Diagrammatic perspective drawings, using Google SketchUp as a base, to portray the conveyance of storm water and rainwater on site in 4b

addition to the functions of an essential bioretention feature.

MAIN ENTRANCE TO WOODSIDE PARK Nighttime Rendering 4a, Perspective of the main entrance at Woodside Park as an inviting, open space.

With a new

lighting design, the park will invite people in, while imbuing a sense of security.

Nighttime Rendering 4b, Perspective of the main entrance at Woodside Park as ‘flexible space’ that can become a bus shelter for an existing bus stop location.

Nighttime Rendering 4c, Perspective of the main entrance at Woodside Park as 4c

‘flexible space’ for small vendors and a means to generate revenue for the park.

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Additional Work : ScentWalks in Landscape Inspired by my previous work in the field of perfumery and revisiting the beauty of its art during my thesis work, the idea of mapping scents in the landscape has become a personal method of expression and representation.

The idea of drawing what is invisible, yet fully present in our daily experience is a provocative form of communication.

Perfume is used as

a method of attraction, and scents capture the essence of what is present in its true form. A scent cannot disguise its own identity, yet can be used to disguise the presence of another.

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Additional Work : Writing & Volunteer Work Though writing is a form of communication, it is also a form of persuasion. With my marketing background and my ability to visually and ‘scentsually’ see the world, I believe that I my writing skills would be a great asset in the field of landscape architecture.

‘Giving back’ has always been a priority in my life as I have been given much during my lifetime thus far. During an afternoon of ‘giving back’ to my alma mater, Edgemont High School in New York, I showed a group of junior and senior high school students how to ‘see a line in the landscape’ as a short introduction to the field of landscape architecture. What resulted was a rich learning experience for both the students and myself, and the simple idea that this can be done at any school and at any level. I am continuing this work in the future starting with an after school program in Southeast Washington, D.C.

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Promoting the passage of the ‘Forest Landscape Restoration Act’

Written Work :


Writing & Volunteer Work with Youth

Volunteer Work : Teaching

youth how to draw, see, and express lines in the landscape

SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN AT EDGEMONT HIGH SCHOOL’S ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL IN NEW YORK: Students in their junior and senior year of high school actively participated in drawing and outdoor activities to understand how their built environment can be seen and re-imagined.

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Sandra Nam Cioffi Sandra.Nam.Cioffi@gmail.com (917) 685.7170 NEW YORK

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