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TOM ATKINS 2011 PORTFOLIO

3RD YEAR BACHELOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE UNSW 3254861


TOM ATKINS 2011 PORTFOLIO PHONE 0424404764 EMAIL thomas.atkins@bigpond.com

CONTENTS COCKATOO ISLAND DETAILED RIBBON DESIGN YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2................................................................................................... 1 IMAGINARY LANDSCAPE PHYSICAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1................................................................................................... 3 BARANGAROO REDESIGN INDICATIVE DETAIL PLAN AND DESCRIPTIONS YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1................................................................................................... 5

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

WILEY PARK YOUTH PRECINCT CAD PLAN/DETAIL YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1.................................................................................................. 8

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

TEMPE M5 EXTENSION PROPOSAL CONNECTION ANALYSIS YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1................................................................................................. 10 CHRISTCHURCH RED ZONE CORRIDOR SCHEME YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2..................................................................................................13

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT


COCKATOO ISLAND DETAILED RIBBON DESIGN YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

As one of my first design tasks on a real site and with a small collection of conceptual thinking exercises under my belt I was keen to apply this new way of thinking to a design brief. The location chosen for this assignment was Cockatoo Island, an especially mysterious and engaging site to say the least. To begin the assignment we were encouraged to collect found objects, using them to make conceptual models that related to a list of words.

TOOLS EMPLOYED

From this beginning we chose a strip or ‘ribbon’ of landscape and were instructed to design sensitive and dynamic interventions that took into account the historical nature and weathered industrial aesthetic of the site, whilst also applying a method of conceptual thinking to a real site for the first time.

HAND DRAWING MODEL MAKING CONCEPTUAL MODEL MAKING

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COCKATOO ISLAND DETAILED RIBBON DESIGN YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2

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IMAGINARY LANDSCAPE PHYSICAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

After a year of developing our conceptual thinking skills as well as being introduced to new methods of visual communication and graphic presentation we were introduced to landscape/site analysis as another part of the design process. We began by creating a clay model of a site and then analysing what physical conditions it may have, imagining how natural processes might occur as a result of the topography and landform.

TOOLS EMPLOYED

HAND DRAWING MODEL MAKING CONCEPTUAL MODEL MAKING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ADOBE INDESIGN

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IMAGINARY LANDSCAPE PHYSICAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

Analysing where vegetation may grow

Landform and geology

Analysing where connections lie

The landscape as a whole

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BARANGAROO REDESIGN INDICATIVE DETAIL PLAN AND DESCRIPTIONS YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

As one of our first large scale projects, Barangaroo gave me an opportunity to apply all of the conceptual thinking skills as well as my newly developed site analysis skills to a real life site that was rich with potential and context to develop, the most interesting part of this for me was seeing the way in which natural processes and site conditions can result in new possibilities and generate ideas. It was also a requirement that photoshop and any digital forms of expression be excluded and so my hand drawing and painting skills were also called upon.

TOOLS EMPLOYED

HAND DRAWING MODEL MAKING CONCEPTUAL MODEL MAKING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ADOBE INDESIGN

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BARANGAROO REDESIGN ANALYSIS AND CONCEPT DESIGN YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

Historical development - pre settlement conditions

Historical development - industrial site conditions

Historical development - Current site conditions

Site Analysis - Distribution of vegetaion

Site Analysis - Basic site geology Conceptual design development showing the inclusion of bio retention wetland strips and their potential function, rainwater from surrounding residential areas is harvested and used for site maintenance and amenities.

Site Analysis - Topography and relating hydrology

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BARANGAROO REDESIGN INDICATIVE DETAIL PLAN AND DESCRIPTIONS YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1

My design concept for Barangaroo was heavily influenced by natural processes and site conditions. The framework for the design was a wetland system, which connected the upper and lower portions of the site as well as acting as a subtle divider between spaces, dictating a change in land use. The street atop the cliff face was converted to a plaza, and marked the beginning of a path, which wound its way through the site in a rhythmic and non invasive fashion. Vegetation is planted in clusters and has been placed in such a manner to dictate where moments of heightened drama may occur. Trees have also been planted in a grid like fashion, to give the design and industrial sense of structure, reminiscent of the sites industrial past.

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WILEY PARK YOUTH PRECINCT CAD PLAN/DETAIL YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

The redesign of Wiley Park was one of my first experiences designing for a suburban context, new design considerations relating to the demographics and surrounding facilities were added to those already in my tool kit from previous assignments. After describing a design for the whole of the park I began to focus on the youth precinct area of the design, something I felt was integral to the sites success as a public facility, as no other facilities existed within a wide radius of the park, despite the abundance of adolescents in the area.

TOOLS EMPLOYED

HAND DRAWING MODEL MAKING CONCEPTUAL MODEL MAKING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ADOBE INDESIGN AUTOCAD

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WILEY PARK YOUTH PRECINCT CAD PLAN/DETAIL YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

This assignment was also my first experience in documentation, something which I took great pride in, and for the first time I watched my design turn from a concept into something that could be successfully constructed. It was also my first experience applying my newly developed skills in Autocad to a studio assignment.

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PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

TEMPE M5 EXTENSION PROPOSAL CONNECTION ANALYSIS YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

Perhaps one of the most challenging design tasks to date was the design of the proposed m5 highway extension in Tempe, NSW. This project drew upon all of my skills which I had so far acquired and forced me to build upon them as the project went on. Extensive analysis of physical form and processes, as well as the surveying of land uses and residential allotments was undertaken. It was also one of my first experiences where I was required to project what future developments may be, and how they may impact upon my proposal.

TOOLS EMPLOYED

HAND DRAWING MODEL MAKING CONCEPTUAL MODEL MAKING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ADOBE INDESIGN AUTOCAD

PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

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TEMPE M5 EXTENSION PROPOSAL CONNECTION ANALYSIS YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

Extensive analysis of site conditions and surroundings, as well as future projections and consideration of environmental concerns.

Emerging concept of connectivity and the interaction of different connective lanes or functional corridors for different purposes. Connective tissue drawn upon as a design precedent.

Strengthening of connectivity concept, more emphasis on distribution of programming and relationships between the experience of the driver and that of the pedestrian within the green corridor.

More focus on the design of individual spaces and experiences within each experience and the relationship between these spaces.

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TEMPE M5 EXTENSION PROPOSAL CONNECTION ANALYSIS YEAR 3 SEMESTER 1

ENVIRONMENTAL CONNECTION

FUNCTIONAL CONNECTION

social connection

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CHRISTCHURCH RED ZONE CORRIDOR SCHEME YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

As my most recent project, as well as the most challenging, the redesign of the severely earthquake damaged ‘red zone’ into a green corridor put to use every skill I had so far learned. As the studio class’ name ‘design with a complex program’ suggests, there were an enormous amount of considerations to be made as we worked on ideas and solutions for the corridor at 3 different scales. The idea of nodes and connections became very apparent, as per the visual structure of the corridor, this was something which was applied to every scale as a design generator.

TOOLS EMPLOYED

HAND DRAWING MODEL MAKING CONCEPTUAL MODEL MAKING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ADOBE INDESIGN ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR AUTOCAD

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CHRISTCHURCH RED ZONE CORRIDOR SCHEME YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

The project consisted of designing a schematic solution for the whole corridor red zone, before zooming in to a more detailed site at a smaller scale to strengthen concepts and ideas. We then zoomed in to a selected part of this detailed design and designed a workable solution for the space. The last step was to re-apply these newly founded concepts and ideas to the whole corridor once more with an updated schematic design.

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CHRISTCHURCH RED ZONE CORRIDOR SCHEME YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

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CHRISTCHURCH RED ZONE CORRIDOR SCHEME YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

The design consisted of a man made waterway which ran through the middle of the detailed site and ended with an extensive water retention system to be used for amenities and maintenance. In the detailed section of the site I focused on the relationship between water levels and the changeable edge of the space. This idea of the sites physicality being influenced by natural processes is something I sought to strengthen throughout the assignment, particularly as it is extremely relevant to the sites context as an earthquake ravaged red zone.

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CHRISTCHURCH RED ZONE CORRIDOR SCHEME YEAR 3 SEMESTER 2

Change over time – Areas of low/no maintenance have been included in the design as a method of strengthening the apparent power struggle between the natural and built environments. Ruined foundations of destroyed houses have been left untouched, and planted with vegetation which will develop to maturity as the site ages.

Remnant house foundations also form a number of passive rest spaces as well as an area for stage performance. The water’s edge also provides space for a family precinct of bbq space and passive recreation, space for reflection and a playground for younger children. There is a rhythmic structure to the programming of the detailed site.

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TOM ATKINS 2011 PORTFOLIO

3RD YEAR BACHELOR OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE UNSW

thomas.atkins@bigpond.com 0424404762

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Landscape Architecture student portfolio  

Work by Tom Atkins 2009-2011

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