Urban Design & Landscape Architecture
PORTFOLIO PORTFOLIO Umut Ozdemir
DESIGN OBJECTIVES I always believe in the power of good design on peopleâ€™s life, playing with texture, color and dimension so, to find the most aesthetic and functional combination of these elements. Personally, place making is capturing essence of all the given elements in a space and creating set of scenes for people who use the place, well designed, readable places are the safeguarding of wellbeingâ€™s of societies where people gather and create memories, where they can escape and take a breathe from the rush of the life. Nowadays, urban design and landscape architecture carry out crucial role in city planning when cities are rapidly changing, shrinking and changing identity. As a fresh designer, I am fascinated about all these changes and quite excited to take an active role in space making in our time.
CURRICULUM VITAE PERSONAL INFO
Grunerstr. 3 40239 D端sseldorf, Germany
+ 49 173 5907638
Date of birth
Turkish(native), English(fluent), German(good)
AWARDS / PUBLICATIONS 2012
Project submission for Andreu World Design Competition - chair design
-Project manager: L端dinghausen Master Plan; improvement of the urban-rural landscape, integration of the historical castles into cityscape, biotope analysis -Cult Nature Urban Park Workshop; Conceptual design, residential and recreational design, sustainable energy, green city - Various competition projects: design, detailing and presentation
Winner of Das Absolventa Stipendium
Project submission for Otto Linne Awards 2011
Project submission for Kilicarslan City Park International Student Competition purchasing prize
Full scholarship from Bilkent University
International Project , urban development in coastal line of Cape Town : from the IMLA program : in collaboration with the University of Cape Town, South Africa
Internship at Breimann und Brunn Landschaftarchitkten, Hamburg, Germany -Supporting the team with model making, project layouts and section details
Urban designer at Arma Grup Mimarlik Kentsel Tasarim Muhendislik Tic Ltd Sti, Ankara, Turkey -Project manager: Eskisehir city center urban development project; transformation of old railway factory, culture-art center, improvement of public spaces
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, AutoCAD, Sketch up, Vektorworks, GIS (Basic), MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Landscape architect at GTL Landschaftarchitekten, D端sseldorf, Germany
-Urban plaza design, public security, reconsideration of coastline and its connection with the inner city, pedestrian circulation 12.10-02.12
Master of Engineering in landscape architecture (IMLA) at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences ,Freising, Germany
Bachelor of Arts in urban design and landscape architecture at Bilkent University Ankara, Turkey
Internship at PROMIM Environment and Urban Design, Ankara,Turkey -Supporting student assistant
SOCIAL ORGANIZATION SKILLS Adaptable to new approaches in design Easygoing and friendly to work in international environments: very good communication skills Experienced to work with different nationalities in different on going projects at a time. Organized and detail oriented, passionate to learn and work in different collaborated projects
CONTENT Chair Design
Andreu World Design Contest 2012
International Workshop :
CTU, Cape Town, South Africa
Otto Linne Award 2012
Remstal Valley, Stuttgart
Selected Urban Design Projects
Illustration & Skeches
Freehand and computer works
Troisdorf, Festplatz + Rathausplatz Troisdorf project was a competition project, which was run by the Municipality of Troisdorf, a town in the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia. The project area was included the empty space around the new city hall and current traffic line between the city hall and the municipality building of the city. The area is very well connected with the major shopping street along Kรถlnerstr. on the east direction and as well as the train station on the south of the municipality building.
Troisdorf, Festplatz + Rathausplatz
The expectation from the participants was to create an urban space, which would work as a core open space for the city with its administrative and cultural aspects. The open space behind the city hall is asked to be design as a multi functional concert space when the front area of the building was called to consider as a welcoming area. It was also asked to reregulate the traffic flux on the Kรถlnerstr. so a unified function on the area can be sustained. Our concept was to contemplate the area as a unique public space, which will work as a public stage. For the purpose of respect to the former design of the space around the city hall, we acknowledged the open space design elements and style and improved it into our proposal. We continued the green structure on the space and added more functions into the area nevertheless; we prioritized creating a concert place as our first goal to achieve. On Kรถlnerstr. We slowed the vehicular traffic down so the space between city hall and municipality can work as a single welcoming square both for city hall and municipality.
VOF integriertes Stadtentwicklungskonzept Lüdinghausen The Lüdinghausen project was a development project for the municipality of Lüdinghausen, which is a township in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. I participated in the process as the project manager during my stay in GTL Landschatsarchitektin, Düsseldorf. Lüdinghausen has a unique character with its medieval castles, Vischering, Lüdinghausen and Wolfsberg castles, which are woven with a characteristic urban and natural landscape. The design question as a departure point in creating the framework of the development plan was how to integrate the entire existing natural ad built characteristics into our framework in order to create a unique image for the city. Burg Vischering and Burg Lüdinghausen
Major public and historical spaces and graphic of connectivity
The graphical expression of the development of the master plan
Consequently, these three castles and their historical traces within the city were the most distinctive factors in planning, design and networking the overall city image of L端dinghausen. Historical traces of the city have been the foci in order to create nodes and attraction points in the urban settlement. Being a city which located in the border of M端nster cycling routes and being connected firmly with nearby cities with the highways, Dortmund water canal and major regional cycling trials which pass through the city were the reasons why, connectivity and accessibility has been the first dimension of planning in order to renew the identity of L端dinghausen. The circulation of local people, tourists, students and cyclists are considered as the decision elements in traffic planning, entrances into the important squares, and conjunctive spaces between public and private properties in the inner city. Thus, a functional and peculiar system for the city was aimed to structure in order to highlight and reveal its aesthetical, historical as well as the ecological values.
Conceptual map of the master plan: Historical traces of former settlements, private house gardens and ecologically rich flood areas along the Stever River, inner city core and connections in and out of the city.
Master plan:scale 1:2000
Cultnature Bio Urbane-Parklandschaften Cultnature project was a conceptual design approach on a specific urban plot in Ruhrgebiet. Five different planning and landscape architecture offices were invited to bring their visions up on the table and discuss about the futuristic ideas how to make sustainable transformation in such vogue areas. The intention was to see the various approaches on the same area with the same design tools.
Cultnature Bio Urbane-Parklandschaften The design question, we structured our concept on, was to seek an answer how to create an environment where people can balance work-living-recreation activities in a sustainable way. The inspiration derived from concept of nomadic lifestyles, being on the way, inhabiting in small units along a certain movement path and using the environment as the most sustainable way as possible. In our model, the idea was to design an environment where people can work, produce and inhabit in the same settlement. Housing units consist of small modules supported by green energy with small gardens. Each module is come together and forms a hierarchic system as a common area.
LEARN ENJOY DESIGN IDEA: The chair was designed as a participation project for Andreu World Design Contest, 2012. The idea was to design a multi functional chair for smallscale nurseries in order to save space. The chair combines the option of a desk and a relaxing chair. The function can be changed with â€œflippingâ€? it to a chair for relaxing and enjoying the free time.
pencil box cushion metal layer White Birch: light color soft texture
Cushion: lemongrass color joyful, energetic Metal: blancing element security
SEWING THE URBAN FABRIC
International workshop in Cape Town was collaboration of IMLA with the landscape architecture master students from University of Cape Town. We were asked to work together with students from UCT and bring an initial design concept for the project. During the structuring of the design theme, we worked in a group of tree and further developments have been done individually.
Project Area Train Station
A view from the hightways which pass by the area and how they effect the atmosphere of the location and how spaces are disturbed by highways.
Project area is located in the waterfront line of the city, which is extremely restricted by highways. The area stands next to the art center, Artscape and congress center of the city yet it remains vast because of the disturbance of hightway infrastructures. The graphical expression on the right represents this disturbance of visual and physical access to the waterfront is blocked. This issue is the main spatial problem on the project site, which has been at the center of the design process from the beginning and guided us to create an additional structure which pass thorugh these massive infrastructures and re-connect the pedestrian and spatial fluxes to and from the area. So, a harmonical urban texture can be created.
Making the connections : conceptual design
Vision: The main idea of the project is to re-connect the area with the current urban fabric
and to strengthen pedestrian connections in order to break the gap between spaces and create a unifying urban opening. To do so, an multi layered structure above the highways is considered as the linkage element from Artscape to the waterfront which will allow pedestrian to have a direct access to the coast without getting lost among the massive transportation infrastructures. The main buildings in the area as Artscape have kept as they. Zipzap, circus has been designed more flexible with its structure yet, it still serves as before. The proposal structure will be linking all these major buildings and various transportation elements from and to the area. It connects the inner pedestrian routes with the waterfront and lets to unify the pedestrian movement in the area besides, it will be working as an urban stage where people can find different facilities from circus activities, concerts, shopping units, galleries and cafes with in the proposed structure.
Circus: the structure of Zipzap circus school has been transformed into a more flexible form.
Container modules and how they can be arrange in order to create sub-spaces
Design Elements: the design of the area consists of combination of different structures and facilities; the idea behind creating these elements was how to reflect the character of the environment and how to bring them together in a harmony. Conjunctive structure: the process of designing a linkage element in between spaces was the initial idea of the design approach. A pedestrian level above and through the highways was designed. The inner part of the structure carries out facilities as shopping, restaurants and galleries when the outer shell of the structure works as a green urban cover. Containers: the area is just located next to the harbor and the containers are typical elements in the area. Containers are used as a single modular elements in order to create sub-spaces under the conjunctive structure.
URBAN DESIGN containers
Aâ€™ View deck
public square ferry deck
rail system canal
residential green conjuction
Zipzap Circus public square green conjuction
railway along the waterfront
Illustration of the green conjuction
Illustration of the urban square
HONEY Iâ€™M HOME! Otto Linne Preis, 2011
The competition project, Otto Linne, was held in the second semester of IMLA master program, the course was aiming to reflect methodological design processes into action with this small-scale urban development project. The project was located in Hamburg; it is literally takes place in the southern gate of Hafen city of Hamburg. The characteristics of the project area various with its natural resources as being located at the mouth of Bille, and continuity of Hamburg green axis along Elbe, on top of this, area is very rich with its multi cultural habitant backgrounds. Yet, it is eclacted with high density of vehicular traffic lines, which connect the core of the city with its southern suburbs and other cities.
Traffic plays an important role in Hamburg. The analysis shows these traffic hot spots next to the estimation area and in the nearer environment. The place of the Otto LinnĂ¨ competition lay between the center and the highway coming from the south. As you can see the area belongs to one of the main traffic axis in the city.
The main problem in the area of being extremely isolated by natural and man made infrastructures. The vision arose from that problem was finding a tool that will re-connect the project area with the existing system along Elbe, which will make the accessibility to the area, from and through the area possible and thirdly, which would work as a landmark on the southern gate of the city.
Graphical expression of the idea
Design idea was creating an additional infrastructure, which would fill the gap among other infrastructure and help the area become a pedestrian friendly urban opening. One part of the proposal was a grid bridge system, which goes above the project area and creates a connection with the neighborhoods and the waterfront. Second part of the project was creating a soft urban landscape below on the contrary to this rigid geometrical bridge system.
After having the initial analysis of the area, we have determined three main issues to structure our design on which also explain the Genius loci we want to express in the site which are: BRIDGES AS CONNECTORS
Sky path design with a pedestrian bridge structure, which create a pedestrian circulation above the ground. These bridges differ with their height. The height of the bridge system goes up to 10 meters when it is passing above the highways in order to reduce sound and pollutes of the traffic and to make a visual access to the Hamburg skyline. In the park area, these bridges go down to 3 meters high in order to connect pedestrians more to the nature. In some parts bridges are passing through the trees when some parts it goes over the trees, oceans of leaves, by which we aimed to create different taste in experience the spatial differentiation and to enjoy the natural texture, smell, foliage and tranquility of green.
towers with different function
URBAN DESIGN B
middle tower with view terrace
In the ground level, it is aimed to create a fluid and soft landscape language contrary to the rigid geometry of the upper level layout and tree grids. The park area is considered as a dune field in which height of the dunes goes up to the east corner of the open space as to change the rhythm of our language on the ground. In between the dunes, sub spaces are created for different functions like some game fields and to form more isolated areas. Trees: in our design trees are more part of the higher-level system, which strengthens our bold geometrical attempt in connection of the green and the pedestrian axis. To the end of the park, this bold geometry of trees is getting looser and park becomes more natural to the east edge.
view terrace in the winter time
VISUAL &ACOUSTIC QUALITY OF LANDSCAPE
Case Study : Remstal Valley, Stuttgart Remstal Valley is located in the south of Stuttgart; it is a typical example of linear landscape character. The valley is defined with hills of orchards and vineyards and is dominated with a major railway connection, which connects the suburbs with Stuttgart city center. The region is well known with its local wine production, hiking and cycling. The project was a group assignment in which we were asked to re-evaluate and re-valuate Remstal Valley, Stuttgart. Our design question was how to make our everyday landscape attractive for people. First step was to understand the texture of the landscape, to find our where landscape textures intensified and what can be done to improve the landscape quality in these hot spots in order to attract people in the valley. We have chosen the Shoenfeld area as our case study. During our site visits, we have defined the texture typology of the project area and came up with an inventory method to detected the density of these typologies. Second methodological approach was making a sound assessment in hot spots, which is detected with value assignment, to see the influences of highways and railways in these high valued landscapes.
In order to make an analysis on the landscape textures in the region we have created some definition of the landscape texture and then we have gone through the arrangement of these textures, finally we wanted to see the density of this arrangement in our case study area.
Texture LANDSCAPE DESIGN
TEXTURE MAP: Map above shows the occurance of landscape texture typologies in the area. Color red represents the hot spots with the highest variety and density of the textures when green represents the places with typical type textural typologies.
SOUND MAP: Sound analysis map above shows the level of disturbance of the envirenment with highways and railways. The darker blue is the most disturbed areas.
Third phase of the project was making a juxtaposition of these two main analyses in order to see the real situation of the landscape. What was found was how the sound affects the landscape quality of the environment. The next question was how to bring it into our design. The proposal design was a new creating a hiking and cycling path in between hot spots in which landscape texture values are highest, so people can experience the landscape at the highest point. In order to reduce the effect of the highways and railways we have proposed sound walls as a matter of sound pollution. In the videos the design proposal was animated to show the change in the landscape.
The map above shows the superposition of sound and texture maps.
The blue map on the right handside represents the proposed bikecyle path which connects the spots where the landscape texture is highly rich and dense.
Mersin Central Business District (CBD) Central Business District for Mersin is a project which aims to transform slum areas ,that locate just behind the Mersin Harbour, in order to bring a new economical identity to the city. As a design principle, it is tried to create new green corridors in order to decrease the climate effects and to emphasize ecological diversity of Akdeniz Region. CBD area is designed not only for commercial activities but also to meet the need of tourism and recreational facilities of Mersin. New Coastal Design: Water transportation, A new street to serve for artistic activities, Aquarium Building as an attraction point, City Museum and Modern Art Museum, a new pedestrian circulating and new tramway route.
Eskisehir Urban Transformation Project This project is a part of my professional life after my gradu- ation. The work is a product of a multidisciplinary team of a landscape architecture and urban design office in Ankara. In this design process, I took place as an urban designer in this team. EskiĹ&#x;ehir Urban Transformation Project is the reconsidera- tion of old factory buildings and their surroundings which takes place in national railways district in the city center of EskiĹ&#x;ehir. The design aimed to transform this vast area into a livable city center with various facilities such as commer- cial, residential , recreational and cultural. With this new urban center, it is planned to create new green areas and urban open spaces in order to eliminate tightness and density of the city center.
ANIMATION AFRICA CALLING The stop motion animation was a project which I submitted for Absolventa Stipendium,2012. It was the most voted and viewed project among other submissions. You can find the link to watch the animation below.
Access Link : https://vimeo.com/37873286
LinkedIn : http://de.linkedin.com/in/ozdemirumut
Published on May 12, 2013