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Spencer Nelson University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning School of Planning

Professional Work: Dalian Urban Development Co., Ltd. Dalian, China designyc New York City Robin key Landscape Architecture New York City Yes Cincinnati, Oh

Thinking about Urban design with a foreign influence Auto Warehouse Furniture Warehouse

Commercial Hotel

Office Subway

Commercial Square

Dalian Urban Development Co., Ltd.

Creative/Arts Exposition Center

Dalian, China SUmmer 2012

This image is an overview of a project which I participated in during my internship. The development is currently in phase one of construction. I worked with the design team from the preliminary concept phase to the final printing of the plan. Although my ideas were not selected for the final plan, I was able to gain an in depth understanding of Chinese urban planning/ design from start to finish.

• Population: 40-60,000 • Location: Brownfield site in Dalian, China • Goal: Create a multi program community with a focus on rehabbing the polluted canal into a thriving green community • Requirements: Create a unique style within each housing block establishing a variety of character for the community as a whole. Use the canal to promote reducing, reusing, and recycling. Create various nodes eliminating pedestrian congestion • I was required to mimic/ study site plans multiple times each week. This gave me an understanding of current urban design in China. The photo shows are examples of the types of urban design I would study. • Principles of practice: Sustainabiltiy Circulation of pedestrians and transportation Land use Natural features Zoning Congestion

Creating a case study from scratch


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New York City WINTER 2O11-12 New York City Winter 2011

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Putting the case study to the test

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“Improving the lives of New Yorkers through the power of good design.”

• Objective: Create a case study template applicable to any organization working with desigNYC • Purpose: Document the power of good design via metrics, stories, and successes. • Content: Ten carefully designed sections used to guide the participants through the desigNYC process • Participants: nonprofit and designer

• Task: Completed a post occupancy case study on a desigNYC 2010 project called Serviam Gardens, • Site: Intergenerational, multifunctional outdoor space connecting a senior housing center and an all girls catholic high school. • Lessons learned: How design impacts a community, culturally, socially, economically, and environmentally.

Landscape architecture in the big apple

YES, studio design

Robin key Landscape Architecture

New York City WINTER 2O11


Cincinnati, Oh SUMMER 2011 • Scope of work: research for the current and future landscape design projects. • Type of projects: Rooftops, courtyards, city streets, private land • Lessons learned: how various types of flower/ fauna affect design, how to utilize native species for efficiency, how to design for high end customers

• Organization: local independent gallery/ studio for artist to utilize studio space. • Scope of work: working with the owner coordinating events and artists, helping design project deliverables to accurately reflect the mission of YES • Lessons learned: How interior design affects movement, how design affects audience, how to manage a studio

Academic Work: Energy Planning in Developing Countries 3d modeling Hand rending, autoCAD urban design, Gis

Dhaka, Bangladesh Alternative fuel source, wind energy

Energy Planning in Foreign and Developing Countries

• Class intent: to do theoretical energy planning using real statistics from Dhaka, Bangladesh. • Goal of the project was to increase energy supply in Dhaka by exploring alterative options. • Option selected: I chose wind which required in depth research of current energy use, population growth, industry demand, infrastructure, land use and other various relations. Based on the three months of research, I have concluded wind energy is not a viable option for Dhaka as the amount of energy offered does not reflect the high cost of implementation.

Chennai, India Solid waste/ sanitation management

• Class intent: Plan for solid waste/ sanitation management in a developing country. • Goal: Plan for efficient management at reasonable cost. • Approach: Study cities similar in size and development. Take successful methods from other cities and see if they are applicable to Chennai • Results: Efficient management comes with organized NGOs working with the lower class citizens to create a new work force. The techniques the work force uses stem from Shanghai’s management system.

3D Modeling

• This view is of Northside, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, OH. I created this model using Google Sketchup. The replication has been created from observing google street view. • The model took approximately 8 hours to complete.

• Detailed view

Hand Rendering

Assignment 4: 3D Block View- Massing Model (color) Spence Nelson 23PLAN255: Computer Graphics in Planning Professor Paul Schirmer


Auto CAD Ariel View NW View

SW View

Land Use Residential Fitness Resturant Parking Office

SE View

• Site: Single family residential • Tools: Hand renderings with combined with Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator was used for the shadows

• Preliminary concept drawing: This sketch is a concept sketch showing the possibilities of integrating pedestrians, commercial industries, and natural features of a site.

NE View

• Project: Downtown Cincinnati block redevelopment • Programs: Combination of AutoCAD and GIS

Location Map

Northside Neighborhood Context Map

Location Map

Residential/ Mixed Use Planning GIS Legend Highways Rivers

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railroad Cincinnati Hamilton County

Source: CAGIS


Nelson, Delbusso

Legend Streets Parcels

Northside Outlined in Blue


Business District Source:CAGIS

• Project: Residential community design with mix use node • Goal: Create a neighborhood with diverse housing characteristics, utilizing the natural features of the site, and establish multi modal circulation


Source CAGIS

• Maps created in GIS for neighborhood design project


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Personal : DIY Urbanism campaign

Nauto (means not auto) is a D.I.Y urbanism campaign that originated from a D.I.Y urbanism competition hosted by the University of Cincinnati and local architecture firm. A partner and myself created/ head the campaign. Nauto promotes sustainabiltiy through utilizing any means of transportation other than the automobile. The images shown here is phase one of the campaign, which also doubled as the submission for the D.I.Y. Urbanism competition. Phase one was a promotion of sustain ability via walkability, bringing public attention to under utilized city staircases that connect Cincinnati’s two major central business districts. There are currently two more phases in progress that bring attention to the use of public transit and bike lane awareness. The winners of the competition have not yet been released.

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