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We, humans have always been an integral part of natural environment, our ancestor were learned to survive and live harmoniously with it. However, our avarice and the ambition to conquer the world led a tremendous consequences. Our mother nature has gradually afflict and annihilate by us. If there got any chance to make a change, the time is NOW.


Profile


Y.Keat Teo

+44 7845809589

Graduate Landscape Architect

keat2332@gmail.com

I’m a landscape architecture graduate from Leeds Beckett University, UK. For me, landscape architecture is not just about beautifying outdoor spaces, but also connecting people and places to create a more meaningful, experiential and liveable environment.

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Education

Leeds Beckett University, UK

Alfa College, MAS

Hin Hua High School, MAS

(BA)Landscape Architecture

Diploma of Architecture

Science Class, UEC

2012-2015

2009-2012

2002-2008

Key Experiences

Selected Projects

Internship, Just Right Design, Mas 2012 Feb-July (6 months)

Interned in a landscape architecture firm, particularly involved in initial conceptual design and assisting landscape architect to produce vary drawings for client presentation and council submission.

Design & community live project 2013 Sept-2014 Jan (4 months)

Worked with real client to produced a full outdoor masterplan and detail playing hub design. Examined concept and at the same time designed within budget to fulfilled the client brief. After several amendments with client, our design was fully accepted by them and delivered to the next funding stage.

Flux, Urban Green Park, York, UK I worked independently and with a group to deliver a live public community project. After several community engagement activities and client meeting, we produced an appropriate approach for the primary school, in the concept of sensory and natural play.

Design & build live project 2013 Feb- April (2 months)

A design and build elective module was launched and we a group of 5 were asked to design and construct a small garden in the Uni’s Landscape Resources Centre. After analysed the site issue and proposed the garden design to our lecturer, we were separated into different responsibility to implement the design, included construction drawing, planting palate, calculate budget.

Fountain primary school, play area hub, UK I worked independently and with a group to deliver a live public community project. After several community engagement activities and client meeting, we produced an appropriate approach for the primary school, in the concept of sensory and natural play.

Internship, Creative art design, Mas 2012 Feb-July (6 months)

Interned in a small architectural firm, gained precious experiences on team work, in charged of initial concept design, presentation visual drawing, construction drawing, etc.

Bicycle touring 2012-Curent

Had several adventurous bicycle tour in Malaysia and Europe. It allow me to learn how to solve problems when encountered obstacles along the journey, At the same time interact with the local people and experience their culture.

Software

Design & build garden, landscape resources centre Small garden project in Uni landscape resources centre, with our lecturer(client) and worked as a group to product a garden design within a budget. Which allowed us to apply our idea to reality, at the same time challenged our construction skills, & planting knowledge.

Skills and Interests

Adobe Photoshop

Autocad

Hand Drawing

Street Photography

Adobe Illustrator

3d Max

Concept Design

Art & Design

Adobe Indesign

ArcGIS Sketchup

Visual Communication Model Making

Cycling & Marathon Video Editing

Microsoft Office


CONTENT

Flux, York, UK Ecological park design

Fountain Primary School, Leeds, UK Design & Community: Master plan and playing hub design

Armley Mill Industrail Museum, Uk Public garden design

Landscape Resources Centre, Leeds Design and Build elective project


Urban Study on Brickfields, KL Regeneration of Brickfields, Little India

Internship’s Works Vary design proposals & drawings

Freehand Sketches Observation & Exploration drawings

Photography


Flux,York, UK


Flux,York, UK Ecological park design


Final year university’s landscape architecture project, design and plan the master plan and civic park to regenerate the neglected urban areas in the city of York. Meanwhile, looking for an efficient and passive ways to solve the regular flooding Issues. This project has been a new challenge to myself, it was about designing an aesthetic pleasing yet functioning landscape in the urban realm. By this opportunity, we had a chance to work with the York city council and exchanging ideas to maximise the possibility to this site. It is a challenging yet very exciting real design project for me.


Context

The site is located in the city core of York, which have a high reputation on its historical, cultural value and a vast amount of visiting tourists. At the same time, due to the unpleasant car parks, critical flooding issue, and unconnected places, the site have not been appreciate by the people that it should be.


Floodplains

The site has 80% of areas are within the critical floodplain zone, it causes the place has been neglected by its people and does not use it thoroughly.

Connections

The site has been serve as a southern gateway to the York city centre, but due to lack of clear connection it only serves as a passing by place.

Green Spaces York city centre is surrounded by lots of green spaces, but unfortunately non of the green spaces are serve as a modern city park for people to enjoy.

Zoning

The site is surrounded by variety of developments, it has the potential to provide a common space for different users.


Analysis Strengths

Weaknesses

-High Historical Value.

-Heavy vehicular traffic separating the site.

-High amount of tourists

-Poor connection for pedestrian and cyclist.

-Adjacent to varied development. (Commercial,

-Poor river-front design

Residential and town centre.)

-Inappropriate parking area

Opportunities

Challenges

-Enhancing historical values by connecting the site.

-Regular flooding issue and river-front design

-Urban recreational park for tourist and local resident.

-Economical Benefits for the site

-Link to existing green spaces and create green diverse

-Reduction of heavy traffic and appropriate parking

network

location

-River-front promenade to connect the whole city.

-Integrate contemporary design with historical site

-Green infrastructures and sustainable development.

Ineffective Area Unpleasant Car park Neglected River-front

Busy Vehicle Road

Area suffered from flooding

Meaningless Garden


Users

City Council -Supporting the city’s economic. -Provide pleasant and green places for multi-purpose use. -Represent and celebrating the identity of York

Student

-Safe and encourage place to play and study. -Experience and interact with green and nature. -Child friendly facilities and design.

Tourist

-Exciting sights and alternative tourist attraction. -Safe and legible environment to explore. -Pleasant and leisure places which build memorable experiences

Cyclist & Pedestrian -Safe and clear cycle, pedestrian infrastructure throughout the city. -Resting point along the lane.

Local Resident

-Common places for local community to contribute. -Enjoyable and daily use facilities. -Inspiring and green environment.


Vision

Reconnect the whole site and provide a multi-functional civic park for both tourists and local residents.

Mitigate flooding issues with ecological system, at the same time revitalise the river-front.

Encourage variety of habitats to create a diverse ecological design for educational purpose.

Enhancing the cultural identity and boost local economy.


Design Strategy Connection

Proposed new pedestrian bridge

Function

Proposed cultural zone Proposed ecological zone

Diverse Habitats

Diverse Habitats provide a new ecological experience for people

Flood Mitigation

-Welcoming flooding as an opportunity to create a ecological wetland


Master Plan

Resilient approach to solve environmental issues and provide links and multifunctional and diverse spaces for different groups of people to celebrate the sense and spirit of York. Providing new connection to the site and zoning it to 2 different areas(Cultural, and Ecological ) allow people to explore the city more.


Civic Plaza By relocating the parking area and design a new open civic park next to the historical Clifford’s Tower provide a quality views and places for tourist to gather. It also provide a open space for hosting interesting events.

Pocket Park By pedestrianise the existing busy town street road create the opportunity for quality park for people to enjoy and reconnect the site as a whole.

Ecological Tourist Centre

Jetty Garden

Rehabilitate the existing toilet building into a Eco-Tourist Centre which provide information of experiencing the nature side of York to tourist. As the same time, the park also provide diverse habitats and ecological exploration to people.

Extended “Jetty” Board-walks blending with bog garden provide a leisure space for people enjoy next to the river.

Observation Pavilion An observation pavilion on the riverside provide platform for tourist a lookout point to its historical River Ouse and observe the river activities.

Wetland Garden

Recreational Plaza Detail Area

A long stretch of permeable hard surface recreational plaza gives a big contrast to the west ecological and natural feel area. It provide a cosy environment for people to relax.

Using Flooding as an opportunity to create a wetland garden design not only help to mitigate flooding issue but also establish a point of interest on learning from nature.

Community Garden Pedestrian Bridge Propose a new pedestrian bridge to connect the its adjacent southern local “Rowntree Park” and encourage a expanding riverside promenade.

This community garden provide a common space for local residents to contribute. As a productive urban farming and gardening concept which will bring more interaction between the local neighbourhood.


Eco-Centre Park

Open Piaz

Jetty Garden

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Wetland

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Observation Pavilion

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zza Main Path

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Observation Platform

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Garden

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Conceptual Visuals

Jetty Garden

Extended “Jetty� Board walks blending with bog garden provide a leisure space for people enjoy

Wetland Pavilion

An observation pavilion in the wetland garden provide an comfort area for people to interact and learn from the wetland habitats.

Recreational Plaza

A long stretch of permeable hard surface recreational plaza gives a big contrast to the west ecological and natural feel area. It provide a cosy environment for people to relax.


Community Garden

This community garden provide a common space for local residents to contribute. As a productive urban farming and gardening concept which will bring more interaction between the local neighbourhood.

Elevated Trail

Elevated trail provide people a alternative way to experience the wetland garden while the site is flooded. At the same time observe the site from high angle alongside with trees.

Observation Pavilion

It is a shelter space for people to observe the river and proposed wetland habitat.


Cross Section

Wetland Trail

Wetland Garden

Wetland Trail

Wetland Garden

Main Path

River promenade

River promenade

Observation Pavilion

Ecological tourist centre and its surrounding Eco-landscape design provide a unique places for people to experience, interact and learning from the natural side of York, hence increasing the awareness of sustainable and appreciation to nature.


Flooding Levels

Observation Platform

Planting Bed

Recreational Plaza

Planting Bed

Main Path

Elevated trail allow people to explore the site when it is flooded, this resilient design provide diverse option for people to experience the park.


Zoom In Details

This Isometric cross section depicts the layer of experiences in the river edge, providing variety of hard-surface pathways alongside with native self prospered plantings to rise the awareness on environmental issue and appreciate it.

Structure Design


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Detail 2


Planting Design Character

Wetland Lawn Rain Garden Bog garden Boulders inter-plant with live stakes

Existing trees

Boulders inter-plant with live stakes

Live, woody cuttings which are temped into the soil to root, grew and create a living root mat that stabilises the soil by reinforcing and binding soil particles together, and by extracting excess soil moisture.


Planting Plan


Wetland Garden Planting Design

Stratiotes aloides

Lythrum salicaria feuerkerze

Butomus umbellatus

Floating board-walk in the wetland garden area which encourage visitors promenade and experiencing the native wetland planting design.


Jetty Garden Planting Design

Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘karl foerster’

Acorus calamus ‘Argenteostriatus’

The Jetty garden provide a leisure space for people enjoy next to the river. Integrating with monochrome planting design provide a simple yet exciting space.


Fountain Primary School


Fountain Primary School, Leeds, UK Design & Community: Master plan and playing hub design


Worked with real client(Fountain Primary School) to produced a full outdoor master plan and detail playing hub design. Examined concept and at the same time designed within budget to fulfilled the client brief. After several amendments with client, our design was fully accepted by them and delivered to the next funding stage. Fountain Primary School expressed a need to provide a multi-functional space for all of its pupils, teachers and parents. Although the school grounds are a fun space for pupils and their horticultural work is proudly displayed, the site was lacking a central hub. The school has a fantastic layout but will benefit immensely from utilising its currently undeveloped centre.


Phasing Plan Risk in play is all about creating challenging experiences for the child, who will learn to test their own limits by figuring out what they can and can’t achieve. By pushing themselves they can explore personal boundaries allowing the child to learn about their own personal health and safety. These combined aspects of risk in play benefit the child by making them adept at assessing risks and increases confidence levels.

Fountain’s Junction

Diverse spaces, featuring sensory elements to encourage imaginative play, as well as exhibiting children’s work and showcasing performances.

Fountain’s Safari

Educational space with supervised access. Theme consisting of elements created on engagement day by pupils. Series of interactive trails and habitats with dramatic over sized grasses.

Adventure Play trail

Continuation of the existing oak play equipment. Earth mounds and troughs add extra interest. Designed using only materials and will require minimal maintenance.

Nature Trail

Intimate woodland walk experience. Built up underlayer with child friendly planting. Home to insect hotels and other habitats the pupils will help create. Pond to have restricted access.


Natural Trail Continuing the “story� and journey to this natural trail and provide a discovery experiences for pupils through the divided varied habitat spaces.

Connecting the organic flow to this particular area for scientific and discovery natural trail, pupil follow the curved journey throughout this garden and experiencing different kind of mini natural habitats by direct interacting in the spaces.


Design Process

-Initial sketch out the idea of different zoning and path connection

-Defined zoning and start to outline detail

-Confirm planting areas and surfaces textures

-Finalized layout plan and transform to CAD file

1. A central gathering space for children and parents 2.Layers of sensory planting and Story Telling Poles 3. A meandering oak boardwalk 4. Habitat creation covered by existing canopy 5. A textured pathway focused on sensory learning

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Design Visuals

Story Telling Poles

Hidden within recycled telegraph poles lies a treat for those with an inquisitive mind! Children’s work and educational pieces are hidden within Fountain’s Junction. With the ability to change the items on display, it allows all children to feel pride and confidence when showcasing their work.

Outdoor Classroom

A space designed to enhance Fountain Primary’s curriculum. An open environment with seating nestled amongst dramatic grasses, which will nurture and encourage creativity.

Sculpted Earth Mounds

The theme of Natural Play is continued with these fascinating undulating mounds and troughs. They are fantastic way of exercising a child’s mind and body to their fullest.


Design Visuals

Junction’s Centre Stage

A multi-surface path winds through the existing cluster of mature trees. A diverse range of surfaces helps to awaken and intrigue the senses. Mixed within the paths are pockets of woodland style planting welcoming any creature to make this specially designed habitat their home.

Sensory Garden

The perfect setting for any school production! Two stages of varying size provide an all-weather surface aimed at lessening the congestion on the existing tarmac surfaces. This space will become a social hub for children to gather.


Planting Design The schools new planting scheme was designed with the sensory theme in mind featuring aromatic lavender, fennel and thyme. Children can help themselves to blueberries, while brightly coloured dogwood and evergreen grasses keep interest flowing through to the winter months.

Persicaria x bistorta ‘Superba’

Anemone sylvestris

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’

Betula utills var. jacquemontii

Acanthus mollis

Deschampsia cespitosa

Foeniculum vulgare ‘Giant Bronze’

Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’

Astilbe Fanal x arendsil

Hosta ‘Patriot’

Cenolophium denudatum Asplenium scolopendrium

Matteuccia struthipteris


Material & Model Sensory Garden Paving Materials

brick paving

gravel loose

rock paving

gravel

wood chips

wood paving

Design Model

aggregate mixes

The schools new planting scheme was designed with the sensory theme in mind featuring aromatic lavender, fennel and thyme. Children can help themselves to blueberries, while brightly coloured dogwood and evergreen grasses keep interest flowing through to the winter months.


Client Meeting & Exhibition


Armley Mill Industrial Museum


Armley Mill Industrial Museum, UK Public garden design


Continue from the understanding and analysis of the Armley area and defined relevant issues, we developed a broad design vision for the Armley valley to create a better connection and lively place for the neighborhood. Besides that, our main approach is to connect people within the site and form a community by providing areas and places that all age groups can gather. After that, we developed a specific detail site design and presented to the owner of Armley Mills Industry museum. I selected the public garden which trying to express the theme of ‘ Nature at the Mill’, functioning as a places for groups of visitors to gather, learn and picnic, at the same time providing new habitats through planting to promote biodiversity and nature.


Design Layout Plan The main idea of the design is to open up a clear circulation in the middle of the site and create 2 different place which are divided by the main pathway. The first area which is facing the river aire, by designing a raised platform allow public to appreciate the view and experience of passing through the trees. Between the space of the stairs are design as sitting area, provide enough place for public to rest and watch the performance on the stage which is located in the middle of the site. With the sitting area, it combining the planting bed which consist of designed plant and the historical industrial machine for exhibit. At the other Area which facing the Armley mills industrial museum is design to be more relaxing and calm, which contain the secondary pathway and also another platform to maximize the view to the museum.


Construction Drawing Raised Platform

Provide a raised platform to maximize the experience to appreciate the view of River Aire.


Construction Drawing

Low Platform

Proposed the other platform design which following the edge of the site to maximize the view.


Planting Plan

PLANTS MAINTENANCE PLAN:


Landscape Resources Centre


Landscape Resources Centre, Leeds Design & Build elective project


A design and build elective module was launched and we a group of 5 were asked to design and construct a small garden in the university’s Landscape Resources Centre. After analyzed the site issue and proposed the garden design to our lecturer, we were separated into different responsibility to implement the design, included construction drawing, planting palate, calculate budget. From this, we also gain lots of experiences on the real construction works and gardening skills, it provide a solid first-hand experience from the design stage to construction implementation.


Concept

The concept of this garden design is creating a boardwalk experience through the small existing woodland site, integrated with this natural trees and plants which create an immersed experience. With the Polygonal path allow people to have different views into and from the site. Within the pathway, the segmental line was set to house diverse plants in a geometrical way.


Construction Solving


Construction Solving


Building Process


Urban Study on Brickfields


Urban Study on Brickfields, KL Regeneration of Brickfields, Little India


As a final project of diploma of architecture, our research and study area were in Brickfields, KL. This Urban study project gave us an opportunity to discover this diverse and deep cultural urban area, by analyzing different aspect of the site, like transportation circulation, site character, build form, lead us to understand more about the site. After that, we developed a master plan and public plaza design which is appropriate to the site.


Site Context Brickfields is a small to medium-sized town and residential neighborhood(as well as an administrative zone) located just outside central Kuala Lumpur. It is known as Kuala Lumpur little India due to the high percentage of Indian residents and businesses.


Site Analysis

Environmental Analysis

Vehicular Traffic Analysis

Pedestrian Traffic Analysis

Zoning Analysis

Brickfields is known for its multi-colored streets and festivals of the Indian society here in Malaysia. Without a doubt, Brickfields possesses a strong cultural background and is still proudly maintaining it through many on-going festive celebrations such as Deepavali, Thaipusum etc The community in Brickfields is very much friendly and are welcoming to other races and celebrations as well. For instance, they celebrate their own festivals such as Deepavali with other races whether Chinese, Malays or even foreigners. They also celebrate Christmas at Brickfields as there are many churches in this area. Thus, the community comes together as one and live like the slogan says, :�One Malaysia�.

Vegetation Analysis

Public Amenities Analysis


Master Plan

After analysed and studied the site we design a new master plan for it .There are some objective that we want this site become to: -Tourist attraction place -Improve their business -Proper social Area for them -Proper pedestrian circulation -A place for study Indian culture -More trees and green area -Provide a more safety and clean for people -Easy access circulation -Encourage recycle -Public toilet

Nostalgia of Little India The things gone which are still there,but just cannot seen by them. Once the things are there, Everyone start to remember the past.


Urban Plaza Design

The concept of the urban plaza is based on the Indus Valley civilization, back to Indian origin. Their lifestyles is all rely on the river, and the river nourish Indian culture as one of the great civilization. The plaza provide a proper social area for the community and to help their economy. Beside that, it is also design as a tourist attraction area. There are many Indian performance, activities, and festival celebration at the plaza.


Internship’s Works


Internship’s Works Vary design proposals & drawings


After took a short break from university in April 2014, I managed to get a 6 months internship opportunity in a Malaysian landscape architecture firm call “Just Right Design�. It is consider a quite successful firm in Malaysia and they obtain several notable landscape design awards including To 10 landscape firm in Malaysia. Projects range over residential, commercial and public landscape.


Mix-Development Public Park


I have the honour to get involved as an assistant landscape designer and worked with highly motivated colleagues. The size of this firm is just around 10 persons, so we can communicate easily and effectively. Worked in a family concept based firm really helped me to learn many things proficiently, especially technical landscape detail and project management. During this 6 months internship, my primary task was mainly in initial landscape design proposal, it really enhanced my drawing and visual communication skills.


Condominium Landscape Proposal


There are several things I learned and take it from this internship work: It is not about working harder, but working smarter. In the beginning of this internship, I was really struggle in the works. It was really intense and I need to complete 3 or 4 design proposal in a week, that was really shocked me and definitely would said it as a real world “culture shock�. It was so different from academic works, without any site visit or detail information, but just some rough brief to design. Working as a team means we have to collaborate very well, and during a tied deadline, we really need to work smarter to deliver the achievable product. Through that, I learned how to do effective and effortless work to fit the goal and objective of the task.


Residential Landscape Proposal

Try to leave office on time, there are always something to do. In the first 3 months, I was given many design projects and I was so passionately want to design them well. In the result, I often overtime or worked in the weekend to try to get them done, it impressed my colleagues and boss, but I lost lots of time with my friends and family and I didn’t have much personal times to do things that I love. I was always exhausted and felt depress when I got home, wondering is that the working life I really wanted. But suddenly I realised there are always work to do, and I wanted to balance the work and life and would not lose the passion on them. Thus, I learned time management is extremely important, work effectively in office and always leave on time to spend time with loves one.


Residential Landscape Proposal


Practicality rather than concept. This is the one I found really different from university’s works, in the real world it is alway demanding the budget and practicality of the project rather than its concept. Concept and design aesthetic become less important when the budget is tight. What I have learned is that even it is hard to apply our designer dreams into the project, we still can educate our client and dong our best to design something good but still under the restraint.


Indoor Play Area Proposal


Condominium Podium Design

Communication is the key. Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary profession. We are working with many other profession like architect, engineer, supplier, contractor, etc. The only way to have a successful project is communicate well. There will be many problems in the process that we could not anticipate, how to communicate well together and make the best decision is the key. I was followed to go some of the client meeting and observed my colleague presenting the proposal to them, how to convince the client is really need a good sales skill.


Retirement Home Master Plan Design


After the short 6 months internship, I get a glimpse of what the “real practical world� are, it was quite terrified but I think that is what the challenge really are. My boss once said this profession is about the passion of making wonderful places for people to enjoy, although the income is to particularly high, but we gain our satisfaction and achievement through it, and be proud of it.


Condominium Podium Design


Residential Entrance Proposal


Freehand Sketches


Freehand Sketches Observation & Exploration drawings


As a landscape architecture student, I found that sketching on site is a pleasant thing to do. It allows you to experience the site and express it in your own way. By observational sketching, it allow me to respond and understand the site deeper, study each of their unique characters and landscapes, way better than just taking photograph.

The Majestic, Harrogate


Market Street, York


“Take Away”, Leeds


Architecture of Manchester


Girl with Machine


Country Farm, Netherlands


Photography


Photography


Photography has fascinated me since I was a child, I was intrigued by how quick camera can capture and record a single moment in to an image. Hence I totally agree ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’. I especially like candid street photography, that allows you to observe the street and surrounding thoroughly. Then find out the extraordinary moment in an ordinary mediocre daily street life.

The Kiss, London


City Facade Elevation


Orientation , London


Street Portrait


Street Life


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Profile for YongKeat Teo

Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2015  

YongKeat Teo Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2015 Leeds Beckett University

Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2015  

YongKeat Teo Undergraduate Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2015 Leeds Beckett University

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