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T Y L E R S I LVESTRO


PORTFOLIO

Studio Work

Park Maintenance/Sculpture

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Downtown Brooklyn Stormwater

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Red Hook Houses - Masterplan

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Weehawken Cove + Hoboken, NJ

NJ palisades + site analysis

Grading + Site - Weston, CT/SSA

weston subdivision + fairfield quick center

Bolinas, CA - Clapp House

summer house of heather + jeff clapp

Competition

New Haven Wharf + St. Vincent

design competitions

Installation

Stick + Shadow Installation

25 park place - no code

Publication

PLOT - The Inaugural Edition

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T AB L E OF CONTENT S Professional


I am a masters student at the City College

Masters of Landscape Architecture

291 Lincoln Place Apt C-7

of New York in the landscape architecture

The Spitzer School of Architecture

Brooklyn, New York 11238

program. Place, movement, and social engage-

The City College of New York

ment are the key drivers of my investigation

City University of New York

of landscape architecture. Through iterative

tyler.silvestro@gmail.com corridormagazine@tumblr.com

design processes, research and writing I aim

Bachelors of Arts

to understand space that reacts to cultural

History + Biology (minor)

functions.

Sacred Heart University

1.203.610.1622

(cover)

Graphite Textures-handdrawn

(inside cover) Robert Sibly Regional Volcanic Preserve-photograph


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PA R K M AINTENANC E / S C U L P T U R E

When someone is diligently picking up sticks in a public space, or doing anything out of the realm of ordinary activity, people take notice. They may not know why they stop to witness this insignificant phenomenon, but they do. Subliminally, attention has been given to something otherwise ignored. I propose that materials discarded naturally by the park be reincorporated in situ through sculpture or any thought provoking form in attempt to inspire (subliminally) occupants to view their public space with a new awareness, a new perspective, pride; thus saving resources on outdated maintenance regimes.


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DO WNTOW N B R O O K L Y N S T O R M W A T E R Retention infrastructural systems connects visitors and residents of Downtown Brooklyn to their existing, new and proposed public open spaces through a system of common urban structures; underpasses. DUMBO is a member of the group of financially and racially diverse neighborhoods surrounding it. The provocative topography of the site has mandated many elevated roadways in the area and they have the power to capture and display rainwater in an innovative and interactive way; as the current drainage on the site has a dangerously low retention rate.


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RE D HOO K H O U S E S - M A S T E R P L A N The Red Hook Houses of southern Brooklyn are at a turning point in their history. More than ever before, Red Hook, a community where 7 out of 11 residents live in low-income, high-rise buildings, has the challenge of providing suitable spaces for its aging population. this masterplan responds to issues of access, circulation, density, open space and climate change to develop plans for a liveable environment for the future of red hook.


site analysis

W EEHAW K E N C O V E + H O B O K E N N J Weehawken Cove, at the northern border of Hoboken, is an underutilized waterfront assest of the Hudson River in New Jersey. Analysis of various physical and urban components create the framework for design intervention in this historic riverside district. The Palisades, which visually terminate at the site, protect the cove and allow for development at its base. extensive networks of transportation stitch together much of New Jersey to New York City but do not reach the cove. Through analysis, transportation potential emerges in the form of ferry and light rail.


POP. 2010 POP. % CHANGE POP. <5 POP. >65 FORIEGN BORN ENGLISH 2ND LANG MEAN TRAVEL TIME: WORK HOMEOWNERSHIP MULTI-UNIT HOMES MEDIAN HOME INCOME POP BELOW POVERTY EMPLOYMENT 00-09 RETAIL SALES LAND AREA SQ MI POP. PER SQ MI

G E OMORP H OLOG Y- THE GEOLOGY OF NEW JERSEY, FROM THE ATLANTIC COASTAL PLAINS TO THE RIDGE AND VALLEY PROVINCE OF THE NORTHWEST, IS EXTREMELY DIVERSE AND FASCINATING; PARTICULARLY THE LAND FORMATIONS ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER, FAMOUSLY KNOWN AS THE PALISADES, THAT STAND PROUDLY ABOVE WEEHAWKEN COVE.

R I V ER S YS TEM S - NEW JERSEY’S BORDERS ARE NEARLY ENTIRELY DEFINED BY RIVERS. THESE WATERWAYS, ONCE RESPONSIBLE FOR MUCH OF THE STATE’S COMMERCE, REMAINS VITAL CONNECTIVE TISSUE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND RECREATION. THE HUDSON RIVER BECKONS FOR A NEW BANKSIDE ECOLOGY.

HO US IN G DEN S I T Y- EIGHT OF THE TOP TWENTY CITIES WITH THE HIGHEST HOUSING DENSITY PER SQUARE MILE ARE IN NEW JERSEY. FOUR OF THE TOP FIVE, INCLUDING HOBOKEN,ARE IN HUDSON COUNTY AND ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF MORE PUBLIC SPACE AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES FOR A GROWING NUMBER OF CHILDRENAND YOUNG ADULTS.

WIL DL A N D UR BA N IN TER FACE- THERE

ARE ROUGHLY 43 PARKS AND 11 FORESTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF PARKS AND FORESTRY. THIS MAP SHOWS THOSE PROTECTED AREAS, AS WELL AS STATE PARKS, LAYERED OVER THE MAP OF HOUSING DENSITY. WHAT IS DISPLAYED IS THE CRUTIAL LACK OF PROTECTED AREA IN THE MOST URBANIZED AREAS IN THE STATE.

N E W J E RS E Y - ENSHROUDED BY PHENOMENONS BOTH AQUATIC AND GEOLOGIC, HUDSON COUNTY OFFERS THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO BALANCE OUT ITS URBAN DENSITY BY PROVIDING RIVER FRONT PUBLIC PROPERTY THAT PROMOTES COMMUNITY, ECOLOGY AND RECREATION TO A GROWING POPULATION THAT NEEDS IT. CAN THE DESIGN OF A PEOPLE’S PARK EFFECTIVELY STITCH TOGETHER THE WOUND LEFT BY RIVER FRON INDUSTRY?

HUDSON COUNTY

NEW JERSEY

634,266 4.2% 6.7% 10.4% 39.7% 56.0% 32.5 34.0% 83.9% $55,767 14.6% -4.2% $10,350 46.19 9,999.9

8,791,894 4.5% 6.2% 13.5% 19.7% 27.6% 29.6 67.1% 35.8% $68,444 9.4% -3.0% $14,453 7,354.22 1,195.5

North Hudson Park

Central Park

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M EDI A N HO US EHO L D I N CO M E- FINANCIAL DISPARATIES ARE WIDE IN HUDSON COUNTY. DESIGN OF A PUBLIC PARK HAS THE ABILITY TO SUPERCEDE NOTIONS OF EXCLUSIVITY IN WEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGH A SYSTEM OF CONNECTIONS. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, BIKE PARKING, VEHICULAR PARKING AND EVEN BOATS OR TRAMS HAVE THE CAPACITY TO REIGN IN A WIDE AUDIENCE.

R ACIA L A N D E T H N I C D I V E RS I T Y - THE TOWNSHIP OF WEEHAWKEN AND THE CITY OF HOBOKEN SIT ASTRIDE THE WEEHAWKEN COVE. THIS AREA IS A LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS LACKING DESIRABLE PUBLIC AMENITIES. DOES A PUBLIC PARK HAVE THE ABILITY TO BRING TOGETHER, OR EVEN CREATE A NEW, DIVERSE COMMUNITY?

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TELL US A LOT ABOUT THE PLACES WE LIVE OR CHOOSE TO INVESTIGATE. IN THIS CASE, THIS FAIRLY BASIC MAP OF POPULATION DENSITY INFORMS US NOT ONLY OF THE MOST URBANIZED AREAS OF HUDSON COUNTIES, BUT ALSO ABOUT THE GEOLOGIC FEATURES, THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY AND THE LOCATION OF RESOURCES. WE CAN ALSO ENVIRONMENTAL ASSUMPTIONS.

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weston subdivision + site technology

G R A D I N G + SITE - WE S T O N , C T / S S A As a CAD operator and field engineer for an environmental consultancy, I was exposed to many challenges of site. Field surveys and observations stengthened my understanding of grading and drainage which allowed me to prepare site plans with a knowledge of the place. This site plans demonstrates the challenges of a wooded parcel amongst flagged wetlands. The final plan limits large tree removal and avoids natural disturbance.


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Fairfield University commissioned Land-Tech Consultants, Inc. to design a parking lot and stormwater treatment system for their theater building, The Quick Center. The site has a robust woodland ecosystem downgrade from the parking lot and is fed naturally by stormwater. Job preparation included tree identification, soil sampling, perc hole testing and an environmental impact analysis.

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summer house of Heather and Jeff Clapp

B OLINAS , C A - C L A P P H O U S E

The Clapp House is located on an inland mesa .5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. As amateur surfers, the Clapps wanted a landscape surrounding their house that contrasts with the beach environment yet emphasizes Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s native landscape. Therefore, many of the plants and materials were locally sourced if not transplanted from other areas of the site. The walkway creates a path to the outdoor shower and the bamboo trellis-fence affords climbing plants to the opportunity to add privacy to the front porch, which overlooks an abundant garden of native grasses.


NEW HAVEN WHARF AND S T . V I N C E N Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S T R I A N G L E

DESIGN COMPETITIONS:

ParkFEST: An Urban Furniture Design Competition challenged applicants to develop park furniture that could provide a table, bike parking and seating for visitors. Palle[table] is an adaptive structure built with material characteristic of the New Haven Wharf. This entry won an honors award and was displayed on the competitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website.


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AIDS WARD MEMORIAL PARK

St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital | West Village, New York CIty

West12th St

Gr ee nw i ch N Av e

7th Ave

At the height of the AIDS epidemic, St. Vincent's Hospital took in patients that other institutions would not admit. When rooms in the AIDS ward were filled to capacity, doctors and nurses made more room in the halls. Thin masking tape lines on the floor outlined temporary rooms offering acceptance, dignity and care for all in need. A walkway lined with room-sized blocks of stone and tall birch trees memorializes the AIDS ward at St. Vincent's Triangle Park. The stones vary in height and physical condition representing patients in the ward at varying stages of decline. As visitors walk along the ward, the stones convey the gravity of the epidemic and the impact it had on the surrounding community. The birch trees are a reminder of those who loved, served and lost patients in the ward as they stand tall and shelter the stones. Visitors walking along the ward come upon a void in the earth out of which emerges a transparent glass block. This void represents the space set aside for patients at St. Vincent's, and offers a place to remember AIDS victims around the world who received no St.block Vincent Triangle, in the care. The glass extends below to a space where visitors can reflect inis peace. West Village, a hotly conThe experience of visiting the glass tested site. In this internamemorial istional both shared and individual, with competition, the propeople seeing each other through the glass while posal serves as a memorial to they see their own reflections. the aids epidemic that has Visitors flow seamlessly between the park, been sewn into historial memorial and learning center. Thethe below-grade fabric of the neighborhood. space includes a sunken plaza that visitors can access by wide, shallow steps or handicapaccessible ramp. From the plaza, visitors PARK SPACE find the lower portion of the glass MEMORIAL memorial and the learning center WARD with exhibits, staff and archives. RAMP This living memorial serves as a site for mourners to reflect, sharing THE LAWN their loss, and as an educational opportunity for those not touched by the epidemic. All of the West Village can come together, relax PLAZA and enjoy the variety of outdoor space the park provides. STAIRS This design meets the needs of the surrounding park-starved MEMORIAL BLOCK neighborhood while paying tribute to the impact AIDS had on the BELOW GRADE SPACE culture and community of the West Village. The memorial park is dedicated to those who suffered from this devastating illness as well as everyone who nurtured them, especially staff at St. Vincent's Hospital who offered respite for those who found none elsewhere.

FACILITIES ARCHIVES MECHANICAL OFFICES BATHROOMS LOUNGE CLASSROOM GALLERY


25 park place - NO CODE

S TICK + S H A D O W IN S T A L L A T I O N Stick + Shadow is an installation of suspended sticks. The show is an extension of a series of installations that borrow debris form local parks so as to utilize our urban trees in another form before they are collected for mulch. this installation served as a backdrop for a fashion-show held at 25 Park Place in Manhattan, and were subsequently returned to the park where they were found.


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PLOT : THE INAUGURAL EDITION PLOT was a collaborative effort amongst students and faculty of the Master’s program of Landscape Architecture.The goal of PLOT is to display the work of students, faculty and friends of the program to ourselves and to other interested parties. To further PLOT’s reach, 1,000 copies of PLOT were released and a rooftop film series was set in motion to collaborate with the previous edition’s thematic position (also a first for the school).


Portfolio of Work  

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