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415 Erie St SE Appt 304 Minneapolis MN 55414 bauer483@umn.edu 715-514-7940 http://issuu.com/spencerbauer

University of Minnesota | Twin Cities

2009-2013 | Bachelor of Environmental Design A graduate of the Accelerated Track which allows qualified students entrance to the graduate program in their undergraduate senior year. This distinction will allow me to complete my combined degrees in six rather than 7 years.

University of Minnesota | Twin Cities

2012-2015 (projected) | Master of Landscape Architecture A three-year, accredited, graduate professional degree immersed in the theory, skills, and experience that encompass the field of landscape architecture.


CONTENTS CONTENT CONTENTS CONTENTS

[ KELLEY SHEEP FARM ] 3-10 [ KELLEY SHEEP FARM ] 3-10 FIRST YEAR | ecological dimensions of space making YEAR SPRING STUDIOPARK [FIRST ] 3-14 dimensions BIOMASS | ecological STUDIO [SPRING ] 3-10 of space making KELLEY SHEEP FARM THIRD YEAR FIRSTSTUDIO YEAR | design duluth FALL

SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making

[ MINNEHAHA CREEK RESTORATION ] 11-14 [ FIRST MINNEHAHA CREEK RESTORATION ] 11-14 YEAR [FIRST ] AUTOMATA 15-22 SPRINGYEAR STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making T H I R D Y E A R | ecological dimensions of space making STUDIO [SPRING MINNEHAHA CREEK RESTORATION ] 11-14 chicago architecture biennial COMPETITION |

FIRST YEAR of space making SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions [ DOOMSDAY PREPPERS ] 15-22 [[SECOND ] 15-22 DOOMSDAY PREPPERS 23-30 KELLEYYEAR SHEEP FARM ] 3-10 SECOND YEAR | landscapes for dwelling and space FALL FIRSTSTUDIO YEAR for dwelling space [FALL ] 15-22ofand | landscapes ecological dimensions space making STUDIO DOOMSDAY PREPPERS SPRING STUDIO| SECOND YEAR

[ FALL BLUESTUDIO HERON MILL ] 23-36 | landscapes for dwelling and space 23-36 [ SECOND BLUE HERON MILL ] 31-44 YEAR [ SECOND ] 11-14 MINNEHAHA CREEK RESTORATION YEAR | landscapes for dwelling and space FALL STUDIO | landscapes for dwelling and space [FALL BLUE HERON MILL ] 23-36 FIRST YEAR STUDIO SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making

SECOND YEAR

dwelling and space FALL STUDIO | landscapes 45-49 ] 40-41] for [ Drawing Samples DRAWING SAMPLES [ AADrawing ] 40-41 Samples SSELECTION ELECTIO N [ ADOOMSDAY PREPPERS ] 15-22 system based analysissketches and personal OFSELECTION SAMPLES ||project SECOND YEAR | project and personal sketches SAMPLES [OF Drawing Samples ] 40-41

FALL STUDIO| landscapes for dwelling and space A SELECTION OF SAMPLES| project and personal sketches

[ BLUE HERON MILL ] 23-36 SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO | landscapes for dwelling and space

[ Drawing Samples ] 40-41

A SELECTION OF SAMPLES| project and personal sketches


[ BIOMASS PARK ] 3-14 THIRD YEAR

FALL STUDIO | design duluth


PHASE ONE | REMEDIATION 2015-2016

BIOMASS PARK

HISTORIC US STEEL SUPERFUND SITE

1,809,000 sq. ft of contaminated sediment

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INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECT IN CONJUCTION WITH THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

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BAUER | NOWAK | KRAEMER | ROBINSON

e hope to challenge the notion that a productive landscape must be separate from a recreational and educational amenity. On the site of US Steel’s former Duluth Works, we are proposing a biomass facility which utilizes on-site vegetation that also bio-remediates the lingering contaminants in the soils. Our proposal also acts as an alternative park model in that trails dispersed across the landscape encourage visitors to interact with the productive process while learning about the site’s industrial past and its relationship with the St. Louis River ecosystem.

sediments capped with 6’ of cleaned local dredge material

transportation of material remains entirely on-site


SLAG POINT

MORGAN PARK DULUTH

SPIRIT LAKE

DULUTH

ST. LOUIS RIVER

MUD LAKE

US STEEL SITE

SITE

GARY NEW DULUTH

INTERVENTIONS

US STEEL SITE

CITY

REGION

LAKE SUPERIOR

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GARY NEW DULUTH

MAINTAIN FOREST BUFFER CLEAR BRUSH FOR FUTURE PLANTING INSTALL MAIN CONNECTING ROAD HARVEST ROAD CONSTRUCTION CONSTRUCT CAPPED MOUNDS

260 acres of production area yielded

Brush and debris cleared for biomass fields

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CLEAN ENERGY learning experience

PHASE TWO | PLANT CONSTRUCTION 2017-2018

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functional biomass processing facility that encourages visitor experience and viewing platforms. By seperating the functional aspects of such a facility the visitors center becomes a trailhead for not only the Biomass Park itself, but as a node within an extensive trail network already existing within the Duluth area. The processing center offers opportunities for education on clean energy and land remediation processes from a firsthand and experiential standpoint.

visitors center entrance


INTERVENTIONS

visitors center entrance

01 PLANT WILLOW 02 PLANT SWITCHGRASS 03 CONSTRUCT BIOMASS FACILITY 04 ACCESS ROADS and CIRCULATION 05 CONSTRUCT CAPPED MOUNDS

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removing contaminants

ON-SITE HARVEST

PHASE THREE | HARVEST ROTATION 2019-cont’d.

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tilizing phytoremediation strategies to remove embedded contaminants from post-industrial activites from the US Steel Mills, the clean-up process becomes a productive future. The fields are surrounded by a series of trail networks intended to create an alternative and ever changing recreational experience differing from that of traditional typologies.

7,800 tons of material grown

trails entrance and courtyard

Ability to harvest, transport, and process entirely on-site

Directly to BIomass Facility

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2,600 tons harvested annually as 3 year harvest rotation


INTERVENTIONS

trails entrance and courtyard

01 CONSTRUCT TRAIL NETWORK 02 CONNECT TO WATERFRONT TRAIL 03 HARVEST ALL SWITCHGRASS 04 HARVEST 1/3 OF WILLOW 05 OPEN ENTIRE SITE TO PUBLIC

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seasonal opportunities

ALTERNATIVE RECREATION

PHASE FOUR| FUTURE DEVELOPMENT 2022-cont’d

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nderstanding the limitations of soil remediation and contaminant removal meant that returning the site to industrial standards in most zones was the only logical and financially feasible option at such a large scale. With ongoing phytoremediation efforts portions of the harvest fields are intended to be phased out in smaller plots as these areas reach reduced levels of contamination and can be converted to industrial zoned development.

inhabiting the wall


INTERVENTIONS

inhabiting the wall

01 CONTINUED WILLOW HARVEST 02 SEASONAL SWITCH GRASS HARVEST 03 SOILS REMEDIATED TO STANDARDS 04 ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY 05 SEASONAL RECREATION

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recalling the past

RESILIENT FUTURE

ON-SITE SYSTEMS AND AMENITIES

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ombing with the goals of West Duluth, the Biomass Park creates an attractive development and amenity based opportunity to draw in business and commerce from people both within and outside the immediate community. The rugged nature and aesthetic of the park is a reflection of the people of Duluth and is a direct correlation to the design intent of the project. Calling on a productive past, the design interventions hope to embrace this notion for a productive future.


transit depot

coal yard

steel plant

PRODUCTIVE PAST... ...PRODUCTIVE FUTURE?

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[ AUTOMATA ] 15-22

THIRD YEAR COMPETITION | chicago architecture biennial


ACTING OF ITS OWN WILL

AUTOMATA

LAKEFRONT KIOSK COMPETITION

5 PERSON DESIGN TEAM 2 PROFESSIONALS | 2 CONSULTANTS | 3 STUDENTS Maura Rockcastle_PLA | Ross Altheimer_PLA_FAAR Dave Rife_Acoustics| Siobhan Rockcastle_Lighting Spencer Bauer | Lindsay Hawks | Kevin Tousignant

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utomata reconstructs a pavilion based on the underlying selfdeterminedness of the lake and city, referencing their systems, infrastructure and immediate phenomena. Our team conceptualized the kiosk as a responsive threshold between the city and the lake, Focused on people, sound, and wind to promote curiosity, awareness and an undeniable sense of place. A simple singular plane is folded to create two very different spaces between Chicago and Lake Michigan. TRANSACTION COUNTER MAGNET-BASED SIGNAGE WALL

BENCH

HUMAN-ACTIVATED CHIME INSTALLATION

• WORKSPACE FOR 1-2 EMPLOYEES • ALLOW FOR COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS

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LEANING SUN WALL (INTERACTIVE SHELF AND SEAT)


A KIOSK THAT BECOMES : A MUSIC BOX, CHIME, ANEMOMETER, LIGHT HOUSE, WINDOW, PORCH, AND MEGAPHONE. STEEL CABLE BALL JOINT 2” DIA. STEEL TUBE INDUSTRIAL MAGNETS HIGH OUTPUT LED

RECLAIMED TEAK CLADDING

RECLAIMED TEAK STEEL HANGERS WELDED IN PLACE

.625 THICK RECYCLED STEEL PLATE FROM MARINE RECYCLING IN ONTARIO

RECYCLED STEEL WORKSPACE + TRANSACTION COUNTER

ASSEMBLY | MATERIAL SOURCING

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onstructed from a singular plane, the cladding strategy is representative of each room theme and the characteristics of their given design elements. All recycled materials have been identified and could be sourced from environmentally and socially conscious companies.

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PLAN DIAGRAM

10’-9”

4’-9”

TRANSACTION COUNTER

3’-8”

24’-5”

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22’-8”

3’-6”

VERTICAL STEEL WALL FOR MAGNETIC SIGNAGE

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LAKE ROOM • SPRING WINDS GATHER • WOOD WALLS • 15’ LONG WOOD-CLAD BENCH • SPEAKER TRANSMITTING WHISTLE BUOY • WIND-ACTIVATED BLUE LED GLOW BEHIND WOOD CLADDING

CITY ROOM • PREVAILING WINDS GATHER • STEEL WALLS • MAGNET-WEIGHTED STEEL TUBES • MOTION-ACTIVATED BLUE LED SPOTLIGHTS AT BOTTOM OF STEEL TUBE LEANING SUN WALL • INTERACTIVE SHELF + BENCH

PLAN

not to scale

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LAKE ROOM VIEW team ten x ten

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ctivated by a microphone attached to a harbor buoy, the Lake Room emits the sounds of the lake as caught by a radio transmitted microphone. The embedded LED lighting increases intensity as the anomometer attached to the roof responds to the force of wind. The reclaimed teak cladding creates a more fluid connection to marine architecture and a completely different acoustic experience than the City Room.

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ROOM ELEVATIONS

human activated

A. CITY ELEVATION not to scale

wind activated

B. LAKE ELEVATION not to scale

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CITY ROOM VIEW 9

team ten x ten

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layful and interactive, the City Room boasts long steel tubes weighted at the bottom with large magnets that are fitted with motion-activated LED neopixel rings. The steel material creates a contrasting acoustic quality to the Lake Room and a much more active experience.

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1-6 3-10 [ KELLEY SHEEP FARM ] 23-30

FIRST YEAR

SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making


HISTORIC KELLEY FARM

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ituated between the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the Kelley sheep farm has been in the same family and location for the past 3 generations and has become a way of life for its residents and the community as the last standing farm in the city. The property has been under immense pressure from developmers as prime real estate in a growing district. Realistically the property will not be able to survive as the area changes it’s zoning properties. In an attempt to preserve the rich historic tradition of the farm and avoid being overrun by development, my proposal suggests a public-private partnership between the city of Bloomington and the Kelley family. A partnership rooted in energy, water, ecology and how this can guide and educate the human experience while providing amenities and incentives for both parties. By reorganizing the farm, the breeding herd of sheep could persist in a reduced number while repurposing the old barn into an event/visitor center for weddings, meetings, parties, etc. The old estate could also be repurposed into a bed and breakfast or retreat to be rented out. The site truly has enoroumous potential with ample views and experiences people within the city may never experience.

The average American Household uses about

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300 WATTS

1200 WATTS

10,000 KILOWATT-HOURS PER YEAR

1 TURBINE CAN POWER UP TO 100 AVERAGE AMERICAN HOMES A YEAR


United States

Minnesota

Hennepin County

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ENERGY


WATER

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he public realm of the project resides within the experiential boardwalk leading to the Outfalls Outlook Point (bottom right)

a multifunctional piece that provides pedestrian access, controls water on site, and seperates pasture from people. Directly adjacent to a proposed LRT stop, the boardwalk would allow visitors to experience views of a variety of pastures and the wildlife refuge from the outlook point. A bioswale runs beneath the boardwalk to treat water collected across the street at the LRT stop. The gabion walls that mirror the boardwalk have an aesthetic quality of modern dry stone hedges of Ireland with the functionality of the

1’

6’ 2’ 4’

drainage from the swale. 3’ (half path)

BOARDWALK DETAIL The boardwalk also features several resting stops along the path for people to rest or possibly take photographs. The detail above expresses the relationship between path, stops, and pastures.

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Connection to Lightrail Station Pedestrian Path

Access Road Big Bluestem

Switchgrass

Seating Areas

Wind Turbines Water Troughs Red Clover Tall Fescue

Historic House

Smooth Bromegrass

Smooth Bromegrass

Big Bluestem

Functional Farm Parking Lot Historic Farm

Indiangrass

Red Clover

Outlook Point Wildlife Refuge

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utfalls Outlook is situated at the peak of the steapest ridge looking over the wildlife refuge on the edge of the property. The lookout takes the literal form of an outfall pipe with the excess water running directly below the visitor. Not only does this provide great views, but has the opportunity to create awareness and educate visitors about water quality and habitat value within the refuge.

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ECOLOGY

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Pasture

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moisture requirements, forage yields, sun exposure, and hardiness were all taken into consideration when

practical way to organize the paddocks not only for rotational purposes, but also to ensure each particular species would thrive in it’s designated location.

Parking Lot

Patio

Clover Pasture Indian Grass Pasture

Floodplain Forest


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SEASONAL GROWTH PATTERNS

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[ BLUE HERON MILL ] 31-44 SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO | landscapes for dwelling and space


AMPLIFY

WILLAMETTE FALLS:

A Hub for Oregon’s Active Lifestyle bauer_nowak

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comprehensive group project in conjunction with Joseph Nowak as a Master Plan proposal for the post-industrial Blue Heron Mill site.

The Willamette Valley is not only fertile for agricultural endeavors, but for recreational opportunities as well. New Trend: ‘urban rec’ Recreation closer to home OREGON IDENTIFIES WITH AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE, however... This no longer demands trips to mt hood on the weekend, outdoor rec can happen in a more urban context and its not just the sports and activities anymore, but now apparrel, music, beer, even where and how you shop and live.

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regon City, Willamette Falls, and the site - the Blue Heron Mill are a convenient 30 min from Portland. The area presents a great opportunity as a hub for afternoon, day, and weekend trips from the Portland Metro. It is clear that the site has extreme potential and the falls give off an inredible ENGERGY, but it is completely inaccessible. The site is too large, too complex, and too expensive for the city or state to tackle... It is clear that it needs a private investor.... ideally an entity that shares a common active-minded identity.

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SITE AS OPPORTUNITY... 35


climb

paddle

skate

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xploration of the site allowed for the emergence of spatial qualities and the main inspiration for the development of the design. The site was a constant reminder of elevating and challenging recreational standards and supporting “fringe�

our site tour. Not only did these opportunities provide inspiration for active recreation, but potential beyond active recreation as well as see in the exploration opportunity.

explore

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AND EXPLORATION

PUBLIC ACCESS

INDUSTRIAL RELICS

explore

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ublic access and the experiential qualities of the falls itself became an integreal aspect of the proposal. It was key here to create safe and accessible routes throughout such a complex and intriguing site rich in history, artifacts, and visceral qualities. The intent here was to preserve as much as possible to allow the visitor to call upon their own personal images or feelings of how this site may have been in an operational state. Designed for the urban explorer within us all, the preservation of the industrial relics develops opportunities for a variety of visitors to harness the true power of the falls and the site.

low water high water

boardwalk swale

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o heighten the experience of the journey to the falls,

the shells of the industrial state they once had whilst incorporating an experiential path getting the visitor up close and personal with the relics on site.

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“THE BACKYARD”

VERSATILE EVENT SPACE

lifestyle

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ith the realization of the potential for the site as a hub for active lifestyle integration, private development begins the repurposing the site’s infrastructure. The Woollen Mill becomes a skate park and is complemented by a climbing gym in an adjacent cavernous building. The historic Hawley building becomes a hostel and pub. The pub’s beer garden opens up onto a large outdoor event space. Fondly referred to as ‘the barkyard’ recalling the emerging notion that outdoor recreation should be able to happen closer to home, activated by day for festivals and demonstrations and into the night for concerts or events. The Main Street, which formerly ran through the middle of the site, is transformed into a pedestrian corridor buzzing with the activity of food trucks, cyclists, families, shoppers, and any visitors of the falls.

indoor climbing + bouldering cafe + dorms + artist lofts

woollen mill skate park hawley hostel + pub

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camp


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ondly referred to as ‘the barkyard’ recalling the emerging notion that outdoor recreation should be able to happen closer to home, activated by day for festivals and demonstrations and into the night for concerts or events. The Main Street, which formerly ran through the middle of the site, is transformed into a pedestrian corridor buzzing with the activity of food trucks, cyclists, families, shoppers, and any visitors of the falls.

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REPURPOSING A LOCK SYSTEM

WHITEWATER PARK

paddle

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he locks, on the West Linn side of the river, now completely derelect and unusable, provide the perfect vertical drop and length for an Olympic-sized whitewater

elsewhere in this proposal, but it would also be the only one of its kind on the entire West Coast. The infrastructure of the locks would allow for the closure of the top to dry up the bed for construction, maintenance, and even the capability as another versatile event space.

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viewing platforms

boardwalk whitewater course finish line


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his major programatic addition also poses exciting and innovative opportunities for the spectator experience. As has been encouraged throughout all of the program nodes, the experience of non-participants should be just as exciting as those skateboarding, climbing, or paddling etc. The walk to the falls is engaging and interesting - so too should be the experience of watching the whitewater kayakers from atop industrial

repurposed as viewing platforms and connect to the rest of the boardwalk network.

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URBAN RECREATION

SHOWCASING

EXPO CENTER DECK

showcase

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epurposing an old warehouse creates the opportunity and the square footage for a large exposition center to bring awareness and expansion to this growing nature of urban recreation. It creates a melting pot to showcase ideas, gear, and products as well as an create opportunities for company collaborations and development. The expo center is coupled with a large viewing deck which is positioned to specifically showcase the best views of the falls. The deck provides opportunities for public experience as well as the ability to rent for private events.

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relic beach

fishing

campsites


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he viewing deck displays the true nature and power of the site. The falls and it is important to emphasize that the site itself (and the energy of the falls) is the inspiration for this project. The proposal is grounded in the edgy, visceral qualities of the site with an eye towards current and emerging trends in Oregon. By amplifying the energy of the falls, this site can truly become a hub for Oregon’s active lifestyle identity.

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CONTENT

FIRST YEAR

SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making

[ MINNEHAHA CREEK RESTORATION ] 11-14 FIRST YEAR

SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making

[ DOOMSDAY PREPPERS ] 15-22 SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO| landscapes for dwelling and space

[ BLUE HERON MILL ] 23-36 SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO | landscapes for dwelling and space

[[Drawing ] 40-41] 46-49 Samples DRAWING SAMPLES

SELECTION AASELECTION personal sketches systemand based analysis OF OFSAMPLES SAMPLES| |project


DRAWING SAMPLES

turkey | sancaklar camii mosque terraced steps | detail

netherlands | texel island dunes

[ KELLEY SHEEP FARM ] 3-10 FIRST YEAR

SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making

[ MINNEHAHA CREEK RESTORATION ] 11-14 FIRST YEAR

SPRING STUDIO | ecological dimensions of space making

[ DOOMSDAY PREPPERS ] 15-22 SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO| landscapes for dwelling and space

[ BLUE HERON MILL ] 23-36 SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO | landscapes for dwelling and space

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[ Drawing Samples ] 40-41

A SELECTION OF SAMPLES| project and personal sketches

hobby farm | experiential


CONTENTS

concept sketch| pedestrian stormwater trench

netherlands | lelystadt couryard

[ KELLEY SHE FIRST YEAR

SPRING STUDIO |

[ MINNEHAHA FIRST YEAR

SPRING STUDIO |

[ DOOMSDAY SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO|

[ BLUE HERO SECOND YEAR

FALL STUDIO |

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[ Drawing Sam A SELECTION OF SAMPLES|


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