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Xiaoxue Huang

Landscape Architecture Portfolio


Bring Nature Back to Cities:

Exploration on the Potential and Possibility of Urban Nature

Project Statement Creating a new system to join fragmented pieces of urban nature with strategies based on reevaluation of the vacant lots and reuse of the influence of surface flow.

Mindmap


Schuylkill River

Overbrook Wynnefield

Mill Creek Mantua Haddington

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Location: West Philadelphia

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Cobbs Creek

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University city

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Mill Creek Main Sewer

Cedar Park

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Layout of Clustered Vacant Lots

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Layout of Clustered Vacant Lots


Vacant Lots A. Tooth missing It conducts stormwater into or out of the larger lots and drains and into the road drainage system.

Typology A Within the range of 0.1 to 0.2 mile, the cluster should include connectors and tooth missings (more than 5). The surface runoff in these vacant lots should flow down to a relatively narrow street in the center.The purpose of this design is to facilitate surface flow within site, and to distribute water to different parts of the system. By conducting stormwater from adjacent roads to plants’ filters, the amount of dirty water will be reduced.. Different types of water storage infrastructure will store cleaned water and allow it to later be reused for agriculture and recreation.

TEST SITE : Haddington Site

B. Corner lot It cannot be conveniently reused, but is a good place to capture the stormwater before it flows into the sewer.

Legend Vacant corner

C. Connector It has the potential to link parallel streets as a way to create convenient passages and to also facilitate the flow of surface water through blocks. D. Vacant block It is the biggest in size among the four types, and is also most suitable to be developed as an outdoor gathering space for the entire community.

Connector Tooth missing

Site Analysis

This cluster of vacant lots is mainly composed of different sizes of vacant tooth, vacant corner, and connector. Those vacant lots are distributed on both sides of N. Frazier Street from north to south. The other two streets, Ithan Street and N. 57th Street, are connected by two connectors.


Roof runoff (Front )

Existing Program

Plan

Requirements

Vancant lot

Back yard

Street

Scale of Different Streets

Community Garden

Type A

Roof Water 3240 sqft 3705 sqft Road Runoff 6373 sqft

School

5928 sqft Roof Water 17668 sqft

Roof Water 6307 sqft Roof Water 3629 sqft

Road Runoff 11179 sqft

Type B

4446 sqft

Community Gathering Type B

Roof runoff (Back )


Concept:

Existing Suface Runoff Tree Community Farm Trench Drain

Proposal Bioswale Rain Garden Rain Garden with Underground Tank Underground Tank Plant Island Pervious Pavement

Combine the water system with community farms, a small park and an outdoor gathering space.

Roof water Storm surface flow

Surface Flow Interruption Rain Garden System Potential Habitat


A big elm —— A naturalized community park Street culture —— Street planter filter

A vacant house —— A rain garden for kids

Plan Clean Water Dirty Water Back yards drainage —— Flower border strip

Infiltration garden

Rain garden + Underground tank + Cistern A white wall —— A outdoor movie center


Diagram of the System

Iris versicolor

Impatiens capensis

Aster spp.

Solidago spp. Vernonia noveboracensis

Mid to late summer Community in the Sunshine

Acer

Chelone glabralinifolia

Carex spp.


Monarda ďŹ stulosa Iris versicolor

June to September May to July Model and Diagram of One Part of System


Landscape of Memory and Exiperience:

Project of ruin and interial landscape studio

Proposal

A space to connect the history of city to its own, and also to provide a way to perceive the macroscopic geographic features from the microscopic perspective.

Landscape Memory and Experience Mindmap

1. Studio Assignment 1.1. A "Platform" for an Artist Residential Program in La Antigua, Guatemala

Site and Inspiration


Concept Diagram Model 0.6 mile

Higher View-city history

0.5mile

La Merced Church 0.4 mile

Santa Rosa

Cathedral Los Techos

Lower View- ruin

0.3mile

Las Capchinas

Casa Santo Domingo

La Calle Princeple

0.2 mile 0.2 mile

Casa

Del Carmen 0.1 mile 0.1 mile

San Juan de Dios

City Hall La Casa De Espana

La concepcion

Campanas Cathedral

Vasquez

Palace University Casa De Acuarelistas

Hospital

0.1 mile

Santa Clara

San Francsico 0.2 mile St Joseph San Jose Church

North View-Ruin 0.3mile

La Escuela 0.4 mile

0.5mile

Los Remedios 0.6 mile

Relationship with City's Historical Site

Geographic features


Formation Diagram


Master Plan


Roof and ramp system

Roof + ramp system Roof and ramp system with outdoor gatherring spaces

Ground Plan


Section


View and Experience

Valcano Ruins Historical Sites Geographic Feature


Position and Niche

-Landform and Habitats Design in Indian Point Park

Project Introduction Position and Niche is a project in constructed landscape studio guided by Shauna Gillies-Smith. This design focuses on creating physical connection among human, wildlife and their habitats by reshaping the landform in the corner of Indian Point Park. Natural creatures, such as human and wildlife, have their own positions and niches in the open spaces. Compared with their original habitats, urban green spaces we created are much more compact and condensed for wildlife. According to their requirements, allocating them in the appropriate niches horizontally and vertically would form a harmonious ecosystem and benefit species inside of it. At the same time a closer physical relationship to the ground which is established by landform might help people find their positions in this system, and read and enjoy it.


Part I: Position


Site Analysis + Concept


A No Access for people

B

Wild Grassland Wild Woodland

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Easy Access for people Manmade Woodland

D E

Sea Inshorewaters

Intertidal Zone: waterfowls sea turtles

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Intertidal Zone: aquatic plants fish

Master Plan

C

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Part II: Niche

Analysis and Improvement of Site-specific Habitat

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Existing straight edge

Fall Winter Spring Summer

Curvilinear edge

Turbulance

Oxygen

Food Chain of Site specific Marine creature


A-A' Section Position and Niche

Producer

Primary Consumer

Secondary Consumer


Balancethe requirement - “Youth Garden� reconstruction projects Project Introduction The Youth Garden, a 2.2 hectare of community field which was built by the senior citizens at their twenties who still live around the site, is composed of a 13000 sqft rectangular square, an octagon path and woods lot in between. After serving as the core play grounds for 50 years (19582008), the Youth Garden is too old to function well. Conflict appeared, between dynamic activity and static activity, traffic flow and pedestrian flow, the elder and adolescents. Through the process of identifying the main problem, recording the lifestyle of the users, and evaluating the future requirement of the site, I proposed a design focus on multifunctional use of the spaces.

A Segregation

Connection&Flow

B Tangency

Spread

C Inclusion

Observation

D Tangency similar size

Communication

Multifuntional Space Organization Diagram


View of a common morning in summer


Master Plan


1 11 C 1 North Entrance

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Resting Area

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play field

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Analysis of Typical space

Resting area + play field

Play field

C play field + resting area


Circulation

Grading


Section


Engineering Drawings

Detail Research


Detail Research


Strategy Diagrams

Move the building

Define the center and connect

Bus route between two entrance

Location of entrance plaza

Drainage system concept


Plants in infiltration planters should be aquatic plants. These containers collect the water from the roof, so the plants here need to be like living in wet conditions. Water lily and Cana could be put here, making here a beatiful gathering space when there is no school bus.

I wish to keep existing plants here as much as I could. Platforms are set between the woods and shrubs, creating more interesting spaces near the river. Bioswale: willows and halfaquatic plants Several aquatic plants which could filter the water are planted here. But the plants here need to bear the dry condition sometimes, so they need to be half-aquatic plants. Students could stay these small gathering place enjoy the scent of those beautiful plants.

Master Plan


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Circulation System

Legend Pedestrian School bus Traffic bike path Small gathering Large gathering

Circulation Diagram

Wetable Area Required InfiltrationPlanter 2250sqft Vegetated Swale 3600sqft Wetable Area Designed Infiltration Planter 1700sqft Vegetated Swale 4361 sqft

Legend Roof Water biofilter Ground Water biofilter drainage direction

Drainage Diagram

Bus route, bike route, pedestrian route and car route are seperated to make sure each part works well. Entrance plaza and center lawn are main gathering space in the site. A circle path in the middle connect all the buildings and seriers of gathering spaces lead peole work around the site. Parking lots are put on the south part of the site, connecting parking lots with the main buildings.

Drainage System A bioswale is put on the south of the center lawn to gather the water from parking lots and entrance plaza. Three infiltration planters are set near the entrance of main and proposed building to collect the roof water. Two parts of drainage systems are connected to the existing swales near the river. After staying in the pond near the parking lots, surface water will be led to the river directly.


Concrete Retaining Wall with 3 Rebar in it

Drainage Board (Wrapped by Canvas) Second Ground Fill

Woodblock 2”x 4” Concrete Retaining Wall 1 1/2” x 1’ -4 Brick Pavement 2” Concrete Aggregate

Landscape Fabric

Compact Soil

1

Bench and Tree Planter Scale 1:30 Top of the Wall (Stone) Textile 1 1/2 ”

2” Asphault Concrete

Brick Pavement 2 ”

Compact Soil Base

Concrete Drainage

2

Interactive Fountain Scale 1:30


Other Works

Rhino Design - USB Punk Style

Hybrid Drawing


Portfolio of Xiaoxue Huang