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SAM KIRCHNER

Landscape Architecture + Urban Design


TABLE OF CONTENTS 2015-Current

01 | UNPROVEN GROUNDS

02 | INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EDUCATION

03 | MERION AT MIDTOWN


04 | HALL OFFICE PARK

05 | WINDSONG RANCH

06 | FORT POINT RECREATION CORRIDOR

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UNPROVEN GROUNDS

2017 | University of Michigan | Detroit, Michigan BRIEF

FIRST 6 MONTHS

Unproven Grounds explores the operative role of negotiation in transforming communities. Interpolating recent community benefits agreements advanced in Detroit as well as decoding the instrumental function of community engagement processes, the project considers how design might mediate between diverse public and private interests to prompt a calibrated array of urban outcomes. Though Unproven Grounds acknowledges that corporate interests will continue to intervene in the shaping of cities, the project suggests that corporate policy-based strategies as well as locally calibrated tactics can arbitrate outcomes and advocate for more inclusive urbanisms.

GROUP A: CHILDREN / ELDERLY

HOST COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY BENEFITS FUND

DEVELOPER

AFTER 6 MONTHS

CITY OF DETROIT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Through a reinterpreted model of the original community benefits agreements that have been utilized in Detroit neighborhoods, the project assumes a tangible benefit by way of a benefit fund that has been written into legislation. By testing the new model on existing constituent groups in Detroit, one can speculate on how the ultimate outcome of this benefit fund will vary based upon the constituent groups privileged by approaches to public engagement.

AFTER AUTOMATION TEST

CULTURE COUNCIL


GROUP B: HOMELESS / UNEMPLOYED

GROUP C: LOCAL ARTISTS

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UNPROVEN GROUNDS

2017 | University of Michigan | Detroit, Michigan


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INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EDUCATION 2017 | University of Michigan | Detroit, Michigan THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN DETROIT • Fewer than 25% of freshmen go on to graduate high school • Detroit public schools are highly underfunded • Schools are in major disrepair, and have unsafe conditions • Teachers are often unable to purchase new supplies • Support of private schools further marginalizes public schools • Marginalization of public schools leads to closures • Few options for students unable to afford private school In response to these conditions, and with the underlying belief that education is a basic human right, Infrastructure for Education is an exploration of how various land use designations can be altered to allow for flexible learning spaces. In addition to physical design at the neighborhood scale, it is also creates a linear connection between a Detroit public high school and Wayne State University, fostering and reinforcing the adjacent neighborhood’s relationship with an institution of higher learning, while providing Wayne State with an influx of local Michigan students.

• Created as a student at University of Michigan


FLEX SPACE BIKE LANE Q-LINE VEHICULAR TRAFFIC Q-LINE STOPS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL CHURCH / NONPROFIT

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INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EDUCATION 2017 | University of Michigan | Detroit, Michigan

RESIDENTIAL

• After school programs • Parks / playgrounds • Nature play • Miscellaneous community groups

COMMERCIAL

• Student skill workshops • Market space • Outdoor park / seating • Extension of store


CHURCH / NONPROFIT • Outdoor service / worship • Post-service meals • Sunday school / play • Group discussions

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INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EDUCATION 2017 | University of Michigan | Detroit, Michigan

DETROIT INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY FOR YOUNG WOMEN


WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

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MERION AT MIDTOWN

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Dallas, Texas MASTER PLAN

While most development in North Texas is focused outward toward the suburbs, Merion is an urban infill project. Conveniently located a short distance from downtown, it will eventually have several hundred small high-end homes. The project is divided into four phases. Each phase’s lots are connected by a linear mews, with a connector walk leading to common open spaces throughout the large site. Featured program areas include a pool, dog park, and activity lawns.

PHASE 3

PHASE 2

PHASE 4 PHASE 3


• Created as an employee at TBG Partners • Designer, graphic designer, construction documents • Collaborators: Will Jones, Mike Levkulich, Hejun Wen, Misagh Hosseinzadeh

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MERION AT MIDTOWN

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Dallas, Texas THE AMENITY CENTER With a limited amount of open space, the amenity center is Merion’s most important outdoor program. It features a fenced-in pool area that is available to all residents, cabanas, an outdoor restroom and shower, and a firepit.

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INFINITY EDGE POOL

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LAWN DECK

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PAVILION

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FIRE PIT TERRACE

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ADJACENT RESIDENTIAL

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CABANAS

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POOL AMENITY PARKING

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MERION AT MIDTOWN

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Dallas, Texas

The client requested that we create a high-end model of the completed site, and we were able to provide them both still images (shown above) and a y-through video.


All models by Sam Kirchner and Misagh Hosseinzadeh, TBG Partners Sam Kirchner

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MERION AT MIDTOWN

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Dallas, Texas

Photography credit to Hines and TBG Partners


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HALL OFFICE PARK

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Frisco, Texas FROM CONCEPT TO CONSTRUCTION TBG has had a strong relationship with the owners of Hall Office Park since the 1990s, when the firm provided a master plan and other various design services that resulted in the current layout of the campus. Not long after starting my job at TBG, I was given the opportunity to work on a revitalization project involving several of the campus’s open spaces that had begun to look dated. This particular space, internally known as “Gathering Area B,” is situated outside of a busy office building and overlooking a large lake. At the time it was selected as a new gathering area, there was no program other than a number of randomly placed picnic tables on concrete pads. The design intent moving forward was to create a small amphitheater-like event space, and provide direct views to the nearby lakes, while transplanting and preserving as many of the existing trees on site as possible. After quickly creating a small schematic design packet that included concept renderings by Travis Crow (shown below), my team moved directly into the process of creating construction documents. Once they were completed, the project moved through the bidding and construction process extremely quickly, due to a strong relationship between the client and her preferred contractors.

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SITEWORK LAYOUT

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STONE RETAINING WALL

PLAN

Credit to Travis Crow, TBG Partners

• Created as an employee at TBG Partners • Design, coordination, construction documents • Collaborators: Mike Levkulich, Hejun Wen

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HALL OFFICE PARK

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Frisco, Texas


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WINDSONG RANCH

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Prosper, Texas COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DESIGN While I had the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects at TBG Partners, I worked most consistently on Windsong Ranch, a single-family residential community development north of Dallas. Due to the fact that I was assigned to this project during the entirety of my time in Texas, I was able to see many of its phases completed. During this time, I was responsible for the production of nearly all the project’s construction documents, which included sitework, grading, planting, lighting, and coordination with all other consultants. I was also responsible for creating bid sets, including specifications, and cost estimates. While the nature of this project was what ultimately influenced my decision to pursue a graduate degree in urban design, the countless hours I spent working on its multitude of phases gave me the most comprehensive learning experience of my professional career. Through the process of design on this project, I gained a thorough understanding of the landscape architect’s role in the progression from schematic design through construction documents, the bidding process, construction administration, North Texas planning and regulatory agencies, and the North Texas plant pallette.

• Created as an employee at TBG Partners • Design, coordination, construction documents • Collaborators: Zac Miller, Jonathan Campbell, Colton Cooper

All images courtesy of Terra Verde Group, LLC


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WINDSONG RANCH

2015-Current | TBG Partners | Prosper, Texas SELECTED WORK: PHASE 1D The importance of phase 1D was predetermined by its location as one of the community’s future secondary entrances. As such, it required an entry sign and design that were more similar to Windsong’s primary entry sign than typical sub-phase entry signs. This necessitated that my team to spend additional time on schematic design, and we created a Lumion model to gain client buy-off before progressing to design development and construction documents.

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FOR REVIEW ONLY. Not for regulatory approval, permitting or construction.

FOR REVIEW ONLY. Not for regulatory approval, permitting or construction.

FOR REVIEW ONLY

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SCALE: 1/2"=1'-0" Landscape Architects 2001 Bryan Street, Dallas, Texas (214) 744-0757

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2001 Bryan Street, 1450 PROSPER, Suite TEXAS Dallas, Texas 75201 (214) 744-0757 Fax: (214) 744-6785

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Date Issued: JANUARY 16, 2017

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Revisions: Landscape Architects 2001 Bryan Street, Dallas, Texas (214) 744-0757

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FORT POINT RECREATION CORRIDOR

2014 | Iowa State University | Boston, Massachusetts CONCEPT Fort Point Recreation Corridor was designed with a basis of two major concepts that play off of each other. 1. Create a set of recreational spaces of varying program along a major axis that connects the Boston Convention Center to Fort Point Channel. These spaces will respond to the proposed residential buildings in addition to the growing environmental concern of rising tides. 2. Use native plants and materials to allow the proposed site to be resilient to the varying and extreme climate of coastal Massachusetts. The site is subdivided into three major ecological zones which respond to the elevations of annual low, median, and high tides. The vegetation of these ecosystems is displayed in a channel that runs parallel to the site’s major axis. The use of this vegetation is practical to the site’s local and regional conditions, but also allows for the introduction of a potential educational component. The end goal of the space is to use both programming and native vegetation to give Bostonians a respite from the typical urban fabric.

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FORT POINT RECREATION CORRIDOR

2014 | Iowa State University | Boston, Massachusetts PRIMARY CONNECTION

CIRCULATION BOSTON CONVENTION CENTER

FORT POINT CHANNEL

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RECREATION GRADIENT

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TIDAL FLATS

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PUBLIC PAVILION

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OVERLOOK

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TENNIS COURTS

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PUBLIC BEACH

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BASKETBALL COURTS

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AMPHITHEATER PLAZA

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PLAYGROUND

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EVENT LAWN

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FOUNTAIN PLAZA

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PLANTING TERRACES

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SKYWALK ACCESS

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FORT POINT RECREATION CORRIDOR

2014 | Iowa State University | Boston, Massachusetts

Salt Marsh

Boardwalk

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LOW MARSH ZONE

HIGH MARSH ZON

5.5’ - 10’ Tide Elevation Saltmarsh Cordgrass Saltmeadow Cordgrass

10’ - 12’ Tide Elevation American Beachgrass American Dunegrass Common Juniper


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Tennis Courts

Boardwalk

UPLAND ZONE 12’ - 16’ Tide Elevation Seaside Goldenrod Beach Heather White Oak Sam Kirchner

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FORT POINT RECREATION CORRIDOR

2014 | Iowa State University | Boston, Massachusetts

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