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Ideas on the landscape.

mixed-use post-industrial design urban redevelopment pier reuse city to river connection public use


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s i s e h t r o i n se regional context

county context

Mission Statement:


Tap into the character of the city to establish the riverfront as a landmark for the citizens of Philadelphia to recognize by developing a thriving economic, environmental and cultural core. Physical and visual connections will be incorporated between the riverfront and adjacent neighborhoods to reconnect Philadelphia to the river’s edge. Past traditions and practices will be celebrated to acknowledge the historic character of the site and to educate. A new mixed use community will offer access to the riverfront and balance the idea of open space and urban development


neighborhood context


1: Embracing the Philadelphia culture as being the first major city in the United States 2: Reconnect the city the the Central Delaware 3: Create a mixed use community 4: sustaining green urban space 5: Nuturing the public 6: Appealing public use 7: Design with nature 8: Multimodal transportation

land use


sensory analysis


master plan

visual connections

pedestrian movement

public transit

vehicular circulation


I-95 relationship

post design analysis

n g i des

entry park and reservoir


The retention lake accomodates for the runoff created by the I-95 overpass as well as most of the center of the site. It is then filtrated into through wetlands and then goes into Delaware River through underground pipes.

entrance (before & after)

The northern parcel of the site allows a portion of the neighborhoods to easily access the site through a proposed greenway. This would be a safe and leisurely walk or open space that connects to the resy of the site.


pocket parks

The pocket parks connect the lawn bowl to the proposed residential district and then connects to the lawn bowl and art gallery which aslo includes the water front. Each of the three parks are visually connected to one another which allows them to act as a corridor to certain areas of the site. These are also located within the residential district which create very useful “backyards� for the residents to easily access.

green roof portions on top of piers

pier redevelopment


With an abundance of post industrial piers, We wanted to include aspects from water fronts around the world, comparable to the Baltimore Inner Harbor to allow people to shop, live or just hang out on the water’s edge. We also designed these building to only be two to three stories tall to match the aesthetics of surrounding neighborhoods.

conceptual design

The pier reuse would cater to a multitude of uses: fishing, walking, shopping, night life, education, dinning or just to enjoy the water’s edge. While accomplishing the main goal of bringing the people of Philadelphia back to the river’s edge.

bird’s eye view of piers (model)

9:00am shade study of primary shopping corridor



The old train loading structure was abandoned after the site’s industrial use as the main coal artery for the city of Philadelphia. It is currently rittled with graffiti and while visiting, we met many locals within the structure creating art, hanging out or fishing. We decided it would be great to turn it into a public urban art space for everyone to enjoy. Also includes great views of the Ben Franklin Bridge as well as the city skyline.

urban art gallery

N existing condition

Philadelphia skyline

before and after design concepts

boardwalks to connect the network of piers

before and after design concepts

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wharf district N The Wharf District was designed to be a central commercial and shopping hub while reinforcing Philadelphia’s circulation layout or its streets and roads just north of center city. This is intended to be an open, free moving area similar to other world renoun water fronts.


Urban Art Gallery

lawn bowl

N The lawn bowl is a bowl shaped landform from the industrial use of the site next to the river’s edge. We saw a perfect opportunity to create an enclosed, open park space suitable for many activities. Some include sports, festivals, concerts and other recreational uses.

enclosed, open park space

This dock is a viewing area over the edge of the river allowing for great views of the surrounding areas.

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space creation site context open v, private space circulation naturalistic forms


m u use

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m t ar

master plan This project was for the previous alumni center of West Virginia University. Plans are to turn it into an art museum for the Creative Arts College to use in the future. My design focused primarily on the naturalistic forms found in West Viginia and the concepts of public and private spaces. The driving force boiled down to the design of private spaces being enclosed and integrated into the landforms while public spaces where designed through the raising of landforms to create open, attention-grabbing spaces.

entrance into the site from Patteson Drive.

the landforms at each entrance help prepare an individual for the plaza and evoke emotions while passing through.

main focal point sculpture located within the large ‘crossroads’ of theplaza space.

enclosed ampitheater for university classes or site-related activities.

raised back o for view to ma

‘bubble’ space


The design included an enclosed ampitheater for musical shows and a raised terrace off of the building for dinners and events that could also be held outside. The terrace was a public space while the ampitheater focused of being a more intimate enclosure. I designed it to where people sitting on the terrace could view a show being held in the ampitheater because of the elevation differences. I also designed an elevated stage for outdoor gallery showings or for dance performances. I accomplished all of this while sustaining naturalistic forms and easy to navigate circulation systems to each area of the design.

d terrace and entry to the of both buildings. this allows ws all over the site and views ain activity areas for audiences.

site-wide section A-A’ scale 1:12

water runoff swale.

‘secluded path’ within tree canopy.

outdoor ‘stage’ for performances, exhibitions, receptions, and university classes.

large ‘welcoming’ sculpture to greet people when entering the site from a higher elevation.

main student entrance from the CAC includes a staircase.

site-wide section B-B’ scale 1:12

gradual slope for accessibility into all main areas.

1 of 4 scluptures surrounding outdoor stage.

outdoor ‘stage’ and classroom can be used for all purposes.

landforms create an interesting experience that encompasses the individual.

quite woodland area for privacy and also allows views towards the stage.

mixed-use circulation multi-age accomodation Pittsburgh context


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master plan

site wide sections

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e m ho

5 courtyard

2 static space

This design was for an abandoned high school just minuted from downtown Pittsburgh, located in Pennsylvania. The firm responsible for the new building were going to transform the structure into a large retirement housing with a small daycare for young children and a YMCA gym for the locals. The assignment was to design the courtyard to accomodate for all of the proposed uses while creating suitable parking lots and open space for the rest of the lot. The design of the courtyard had to fucntion for a variety of ages. I used a central axis approach incorporating straight-line views for location of desired entrances while including cross-paths to act as ramps to make up for the elevation changes. The final result gave a viewer easy access to the entrance or building they wanted to enter. The smaller spaces created by the paths allowed for separated outdoor spaces for the mixed-use building, separating the young from the old. One very important aspect was the raised seating or eating area which can be utilized for all ages. It lies in the middle of all the paths. I designed it for strictly static activities and made the difference clear with steps and seating walls.

3 front entrance

4 static space

1 rear parking

6 rear entrance

stream restoration erosion analysis public use ecological revitilization stream bank maintenance hydrology


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k r a p s p p kre

This project was for a stream revitilization located in Morgantown, WV. Our program focused on turning the eroded stream banks into banks which would aid the growth of the stream and the habitats surrounding it. First was an on-site analysis and then researching methods for each specific area. With the suggested methods, I inlcuded the correct ways in which they could be implemented.

suggested approach

EXAMPLES implementation

photo analysis



step model

Dynamic Directional


three-word model

Downtown Morgantown PRT Station



road alignment best management practices planting design pipe profiles construction documents rain water runoff





Road allignment and runoff project. Planting plan for retirement home.

Cut and fill project.

Water feature construction detail.

Drainage plan for parking lot.

d e t r o s


Baltimore Inner Harbor Concept

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Time and space overlap project

3DS Max Rendering

G.I.S. and cultural analysis SITE ANALYSIS : CULTURAL


Cultural and Circulation Analysis Map:

On-Site Buildings:

Lengend: Pedestrian Circulation



Buildings On-Site Main Site Path/Road Low Vehicle Traffic Heavy Vehicle Traffic

This is the old “Honey-Moon Shack” out of an old Sears catelog and is a historic piece of this Indian Meadow campground that keeps the desired rustic aesthetics.


Creek Traffic

This is the stage used when big events like festivals and concerts are held. The stage faces out into a vast open field, able to hold accomodate for undreds of people, perfect for festivals.


Residential Area Recreation/Open Field Camping Area Festival Area Historical Preservation Area

Surrounding Area Land Use:

Cultural Analysis:

Lengend: Residential Commercial/Industrial Civic Property

Buildings: Residential/Commercial Local Church



The Indian Meadows Campground recieved its name when the current owner’s aunt found old indian arrow heads and remains of a previous indian homestead in the eastern field. Those along with other assorted relics were discovered. Now the land is utilized for camping and other festive activities such as the annual Blue-Grass festival held there over the summer. The owners will accomodate to any need, from birthday parties to weddings.

This is the new barn/garage where most storage is held. Connections to campgrounds and pavillion are a possibility.

This is the pavillion where ceremonies are held and used as a gathering for all occasions as well as a substancial shelter from the elements. Again, the wooden structure adds to the “outdoor” feeling.


Cultural Activities: CURRENT:


Power Lines

United States-West Virginia-Pentress:

This is the homestead of the Indian Meadows Campground owners. An old wooden house that keeps with the aesthetics of the entire site.

The area of Blacksville and Pentress West Virginia consist of mostly farmland and open pastures for grazing. Due to this you will not find continuous commercial industry throughout the state, only in small patches where the size of the population demands it. Although small businesses such as convenience stores and gas stations will be found locally. Furthermore, this region is a low-populated, quite, mountainous, rural area with great views and secluded forests all around. Perfect for a hometown-style campground.

Site Background:

Water - Dunkard Creek

This is the old barn loacted in the middle of the site buried in a patch of woods. It barley holds structural integrity but has significant historic importance and adds to the site aesthetically.

Nearby Amenities: Grocery Store Mason-Dixon Park



This is the recreation and shower building where indoor bathrooms are located and laundry can be done for the local residents who live on site in the trailors. This is also an indoor shelter where parties and concerts can be held.

Food & Gas High School Golf Course Interstate 79 Morgantown 0




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INDIAN MEADOWS CAMPGROUND Pentress, WV “A Small Campground With Big Possibilities”

Blacksville, WV

Zachary Cebenka LARC LARC 350 Fall 2009



Zachary Cebenka: Work Samples  

Work done during my collegiate career in the West Virginia University Landscape Architecture Program.