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GARRICK SWANSON

www.swansongarrick.net Masters Landscape Architecture University of Colorado Denver 2012


THINGS I BELIEVE... Landscape is what we make from our own condition.

Landscape architecture is a constant exchange between the human and non-human process.

Landscape architecture is to expose the hidden potential of a site to create a symphony between the ordering systems, that are sometimes callous and pleasant, that connect people, nature and place. It is imperative to comprehend relationships, scale, aesthetics and the impact of design on space and place when studying and practicing landscape architecture. The realm of success is how well the spaces operate as agency when tested against the existing ordering systems of nature and culture.


Expanded Learning Outdoors Autumn 2012

Sherman Creek Spring 2011

Living with Fire Spring 2011

Marginal Space Autumn 2010

Storm Water Blvd. Autunm 2010

Sketches


Expanded Learning Outdoors

Studio 6 Comp Studio - Garrick Swanson & Allison Mendes Autumn 2012 Instructor(s) - Chris Schooler & Lois Brink

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small site, comprising a city block, with little usable outdoor space, is transformed into an interactive learning environment. The proposed design capitalizes on a unique history as a private arboretum, and a one hundred year old public elementary school. Fundamentals of integrated outdoor learning reactivate an under-utilized school ground. An expanded outdoor classroom, challenge course, synthetic turf field and sample Colorado habitat invite students to explore, inquire and reflect in a unique urban environment.


Byers Third Floor

Physical

Cognitive

(Challenge course)

(outdoor classroom)

Social

Byers Second Floor

(connective tissue)

Cognitive Social Byers First Floor

Physical

Expanding the classroom to the outdoor learning environment involves application of the developmental stages of middle school students (social, cognitive and physical) as the driving concept that is being taught within the curriculum and practiced within the school. Physical - challenge course, Social - connective tissue, Cognitive - outdoor classroom


TERTIARY (Reflection)

PHYSICAL

SOCIAL

COGNITIVE

INQUIRY (Secondary Teaching)

Primary (Formal Teaching)

Two concept ordering systems, challenge course (left) and outdoor classroom (right), combine the historic Byers arboretum, unique school site and curriculum specific elements into student encouraged areas.


FRONT REFLECTION & SOCIAL HALLWAY - social corridor passing through a sample Colorado habitat connecting the north and south landscapes, providing further opportunity for areas of play and learning.


INQUIRY: Designed to promote a range of creative student endeavors with curriculum specific tools (simple machines, weather stations and observation) within the context of a Colorado ecosystem lab.


INSPIRE: A flexible space for both informal and formal learning. Designed for science, language arts, math, the arts and social seating in mind. The outdoor classroom reinforces social, physical and cognitive development.


Flexible Teaching Stage

Path and ADA

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM - Formal teaching area

Seating/Small Group Teaching

Sample Foothills Habitat


Cultivating Sherman Creek Studio 8 Spring 2011 Instructor - Michelle Delk

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his project is defined within an eight-block area of the Innwood neighborhood in upper Manhattan. The Sherman Creek Waterfront stretches along the Harlem River bounded on the south by the Sherman Creek inlet near Dyckman Street. It extends north to an existing tidal wetland at the end of west 208th Street. The western edge of the project is 10th avenue with the Harlem River bounding the east. The project site stretches along 3,500 feet of shoreline along the Harlem River. Due to its narrow dimensions the site encompasses 3.84 acres.


Designed to provide waterfront access from the Innwood neighborhood and a range of recreational activities: fishing, boating and mussel farming, a historic past time on the Harlem river.


Sectional study to understand spatial constraints and opportunities of the bulkhead, mean high water line and water front public right of way. This informed whether the path could be built on shore or over the water.


. water front connection .

. engaging the human and non human process .

. transition between the human and non human process . . non human process .

Conceptual parti diagrams that guided and tested the grounding and making of forms on the landscape to: Provide residents with a new awareness and understanding of water though a hybrid landscape of function and performance. Create a public connection along the waterfront that fills a void in the current Manhattan Waterfront Greenway Plan.


Designed as a public access connection between the street end parks, the Harlem river, Innwood neighborhood and expansion of the Manhattan WaterFront Greenway Plan.


Proposed and restored North Cove at low tide. Designed as a natural area for water fowl, aquatic habitat and environmental education.


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B

Proposed Plan South Cove


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Fishing Warf & Water Access

Community Gathering Space

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Restored Marsh w/ Access Path

Community Space with Children’s Pond

Multi-Use Path

This project was not as simple as designing an Esplanade at the water’s edge. During the phase of neighborhood analysis, I learned a complex system of industry, commerce, and residential layers that limited design and pushed the design to fit with existing conditions and design goals.


Living with Fire

Studio 7 Spring 2011 Instructor - Joren Langhorst

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oulder County Colorado’s Four-Mile Canyon was significantly impacted in the summer fire season of 2010. One hundred seventy-seven home owners in the Four-Mile Canyon lost their homes. Living in the beauty of Colorado’s forests means that fire is part of the natural ecosystem and can occur from lightening strikes and other sources under the right conditions.


Wildland Fire Aerial - GIS


. slope 0 - 20% .

. slope 21% - 40% .

. slope 41% or greater.

Through the study of fuel load reduction methods and the influence of topography on fire behavior, I explored landscape systems to protect mountain homes. A landscape system of grasslands and forested patches spaced appropriately to slope conditions could create defensible space that responds to existing topographic conditions.


Mechanical thinning

Prescribed burns

Ecological cycle Choice Points

Choice Points: critical points of time in the natural ecological cycle to evaluate appropriate management techniques to maintain the landscape system of defensible space: • Mechanical thinning • Prescribed burns • No action needed


Marginal Space

Plants in Design Autumn 2010 Instructor - Lori Catalano

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ocated in the median of Speer Boulevard, as well as being adjacent to a pedestrian network system that links two college campuses and downtown Denver entertainment. Intermediate Space developed to further connect two isolated sites and improve water quality in Cherry Creek by capturing and filtering storm water through a landscape filtering system.


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B

A


C

Speer St.

Path

Barrier

Gathering

Barrier

Speer St.

Swale

Speer St.

B

Speer St.

Swale

Path System

Speer St.

Swale

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Speer St.

Swale

Path

Gathering

Path


Storm Water Boulevard

Studio 3 Autumn 2010 Professor(s) - Lori Catalano & Emmanuel Dider

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he Globeville neighborhood is stitched into the urban fabric and isolated from Denver by railroad tracks to the south, Interstate 70 and Interstate 25 that bisects the neighborhood. The landscape is of a heavy industrial past with a superfund site in the east and a mixed use neighborhood to the west. Development of the RTD light rail station at Fox and 41st Street is breathing new possibilities into the Globeville neighborhood.


COGNITIVE SITE VISIT MODEL


Concept study model exploring an evening space open to the surrounding context in response to the enclosing qualities of night.


39th St.

Path

Public Gathering Space/ Reused Shade Structure Material

Park Meadow/Swale

GATEWAY GARDEN: An east facing public space constructed of reused industrial remnants from Globeville’s past. A neighborhood statement that captures the morning light, as a symbolic stage for a new cleaner and greener Globeville.

Path

Off Ramp 1-70


Concept study model exploring a midday space with changes in topography, reinforcing the geometry of a shade structure creating areas of intimate relaxation and small group gathering areas as a midday retreat from the urban context.


Fox St. Path

Swale

Path

Reflection Space

Path

Reflection Space

Path

Circ. Path on Separation Berm

RR Syste

Off Ramp 1-70

A DROP IN THE POND: An afternoon space where one could drop out of the office or city grid into a reflective space breaking the boundaries of the daily routine.


Advanced Graphics

Spring 2012 Instructor - Emmanuel Dider

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aily twenty minute sketches and one hour sketches of the landscape. Graphite and watercolor media.


15 Minute Sketch Black Colored Pencil


15 Minute Sketch Black Colored Pencil


15 Minute Sketch Black Colored Pencil


1 Hour Sketch Black Colored Pencil Water Color


1 Hour Sketch Black Colored Pencil


GARRICK SWANSON P.O. Box 48198 Denver, Colorado 80204 970.401.0563 garrick.swanson@ucdenver.edu . EDUCATION .

www.swansongarrick.net

MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY School of Architecture and Planning Masters Landscape Architecture Candidate: August 08- May 09

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA School of Education B.A. Elementary Education: May 2003

University of Colorado Denver Teaching Assistant; Autumn 2011

Colorado Center for Community Development Graduate Research Assistant: 2010 - 2012

Center for Resource Conservation Irrigation Water Auditor: 2009

Construction and Materials... Support student questions...provide course documents and references... red line final project; a set of construction drawings for a modern museum courtyard

Thrived in a self-directed working environment... Successfully proposed a ridership feasibility study through the TIGER II HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant...Composed 3 research reports for the Colorado Scenic Byway Market Niche Study... Developed two schoolyard improvement master plans for Colorado Health Foundation and Tri-Counties Health Foundation

Educated homeowners on best practices to reduce water consumption...Evaluated multi-residential complexes with a final report of findings and recommendations

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER College of Architecture and Planning Masters Landscape Architecture: May 2012

. EXPERIENCE .

. HONORS . Deans list: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Sigma Lambda Alpha Honors Society 2011


Garrick Swanson  

Masters Landscape Architecture

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