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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO / TASUKU KAMEI


INTRODUCTION My interest in landscapes dates back to my childhood in Chita peninsula which locates close to Nagoya, Japan. It is an area with a concentration of various manufactures, along with vital agriculture and fishery. The most notable is Tokoname earthenwares, which have been made in the area

Sapporo HOKKAIDO ISLAND

from 1000 years ago. So I never got tired of exploring the neighborhood on my bike, which is one of my favorite activities. Through bike rides I was able to closely investigate the area. I found places and things that would be unnoticed from cars, and also made me aware of the terrain. This experience certainly lies under my interest and passion for landscapes. I lived in Sapporo, the capital of the northern island of Hokkaido, through my undergraduate and graduate years. I had lots of opportunitites to explore Hokkaido's pastoral farm fields and majestic wilderness.

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HONSHU ISLAND

Kyoto

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Chita

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TABLE OF CONTENTS The rest of the content mostly focuses on the works I have done during my year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. CULTURAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN - LONG ISLAND, BOSTON, MA

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PLAYING WITH LANDFORMS - PULASLI PARK, NORTHAMPTON, MA

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REGIONAL GREENWAY PLANNING - WESTERN MA + CONNECTICUT

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DRAWINGS 11

INTERNSHIP 11

VISITED PLACES 12

CONTACT INFORMATION Tasuku Kamei Email: tasuku.kamei@gmail.com

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Tel: +81-90-4407-4764

TABLE OF CONTENTS


CULTURAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN LONG ISLAND, BOSTON, MA ETHAN CARR

The goal of this project was to design the future of Long Island, an island in the newly created Harbor Islands National and State Park near the City of Boston, which is presently abandoned and underutilized. We envisioned the island as a maritime recreation hub for the Boston Metropolitan Area, as once Frederick Law Olmsted did. In the studio, we discovered rich historical context of the island that once served important role as a navigation landmark and a military bastion. My role in the studio was to gather and analyze historical information about the island, and to create a design for the northern portion of the island, which includes the "head", where remains of military fort structures and a lighthouse exist as potential cultural resources.

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CULTURAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN


CONCEPT Historical structures that remain on the head, such as the Long Island Head Light and the battery structures of Fort Strong are among the major cultural resources on the island. These structures are both associated with views; the head has a potential as a spectacular lookout with views to other islands. The sandbar behind the head was once a parade ground of the fort. It has been recently developed as a summer camp of the local Boys and Girls Club. We envisioned the head as a destination for the visitors of the island as well as an extended activity area for the summer camp.

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VEGETATION The design proposes to regain some of the open spaces on the top of the head. This decision is based on the earlier landscape of the Long Island during the operation of the fort. Clear view would have been necessary

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for the fort to function. The meadow on the upper side of the fort structure will be mowed twice annualy to maintain its openness. It will also provide habitats for birds and insects. Lawns will be maintained along the paths and major nodes for visibility and to provide space for activities.

SECTION The head is a drumlin which is about 90 feet high at the top, where the fort structure is located. The head itself has a steep slope on its each side. However, there are

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relatively flat surfaces on the top of the head and along the rim of the head. These spaces are defined by forests and the fort structure. Forests are set back enough to allow views over the canopy from the top of the fort structure.

CULTURAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN

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THE BATTERY STRUCTURES Some part of the fort structure will be restored to allow visitor access. The top platform will become a corridor with views to three directions. Also, some of the gun enplacement structure will be restored and made open to public for exploration and interpretation. There will be a handrail along the edge of each stories. It leads to the stonewall at the end which extends along the meadows.

THE LONG ISLAND LIGHT T h e f o re s t t h a t i s c u r re n t l y surrounding the lighthouse will be cleared so that it forms a corridor along the trail. This will give a frame to the view to the lighthouse.

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PLAY [ground]

PULASKI PARK, NORTHAMPTON, MA CALORINA ARAGON As one of the introductory level studios, this project had a wide range of educational goals for the students. I learned how to observe the condition of the site and communicate acquired information through digital representations. I also explored different landforms through interaction with clay models, which later became the foundation of the design. In addition, consideration of the program for the site was also central to the design process, since the park was located at the core of the city.

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PLAY [ground]


Talk

Eat

Park Bike

BUS STOP

The Concept of Pulaski Park

PLAZA Watch

PLAZA

Learn ROCK

Sled

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Roll

Run Around

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PARKING

Relax

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Nap

Walk View

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PUBLIC PARK

PARKING LOT

Circulation

SLOPE

Stormwater

MAIN STREET

SECTION A-A’

STORMWATER DRAINAGE

PLAZA

CRATER LAWN

PLAY ROCK

RETENTION POND

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PINE FOREST

PUBLIC PARKING LOT

Climb Rocks

PLAY GROUND

PARKING LOT

Maintain

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Watch

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PLAY GROUND

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PROGRAMS in Pulaski Park

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BUS SHELTER

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PARKING

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Wait for Bus

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MAIN STREET

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Meet

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PLAY [ground]


REGIONAL GREENWAY PLANNING WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS - CONNECTICUT ROBERT RYAN

Although it is little known, Western Massachusetts happens to be the place where evidence of the existence of dinosaurs was first discovered. What people found was slabs of rock with strange tracks imprinted on the surface, which later became clear to be tracks of dinosaurs. There are several spots in Western Massachusetts and in Connecticut where dinosaur tracks can be seen today. The goal of this studio was to plan a multi-modal network of regional greenways that connects the points of interests related to dinosaurs, as well as natural, cultural, and other resources in the region. I was in charge of putting together general analysis and the overall greenway plan for the whole study area. I coordinated with other groups that focused on portions of the study area for more detailed assessment and planning.

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REGIONAL GREENWAY PLANNING


The proposed greenway network creates connections between existing greenways and provides access from major urban areas. In addition, the Connecticut River that runs through the middle of the region is included to the network as a "blueway", with access points and campgrounds along it.

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INTERNSHIP

TAKANO LANDSCAPE PLANNING CO., LTD. I interned at Takano Landscape Planning Co., Ltd., an awardwinning landscape architecure firm in Sapporo for two months in 2016. I had opportunities to work on various type of projects, including a resort facility, public parks, and a corporate campus. Below is a 1:100 model of a corporate campus site that I primarily made.

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SKETCHES SKETCHES


VISITED PLACES 1. Shinjuku Gyoen park, Tokyo 2. Atsuta Shrine, Nagoya 3. Chuson-ji temple, Hiraizumi 4. Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido 5. Asahikawa Kitasaito Garden, Hokkaido 6. Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia

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Landscape Architecture Portfolio / Tasuku Kamei / Jan. 2017