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Jonathan Noyes Colorado State University Landscape Architecture Portfolio



No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other. -Frank Lloyd Wright contents 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08-Gateway Natural Area Equinox Bike Garden Berkana Rehabilitation Garden Behavioral Sciences Rooftop Garden Lory Student Center Green Infrastructure 5 Points Revitalization Morgan Library Courtyard Additional Work 01 - Gateway Natural Area The Gateway Natural Area is located in the Cache La Poudre Canyon, just northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. At the site, an island has been sculpted by the river, which acted as the study location for LAND 241 - Environmental Analysis. The final project involved designing a public space on the island that would act as a launching point to the many trail systems that accompany the area. Although the end result was important, the emphasis of the class was on site analysis. Analysis of the site included: triangulation to determine the overall site dimensions, location sketch studies to understand the spatial characteristics of the site, and photo-collaging to document materials and experience on the site.materials photo-collage - 4 X 6 photos glued to matte boardriver experience photo-collage 4 X 6 photos glued to matte board These location sketch studies depict various aspects of the site. Top Left: View facing southeast of the islands western bridge from the river bank. Top Right: View from the island facing north to a large rock formation. Bottom Right: View of the island from the large rock formation, facing south. charcoal on paper new additional pedestrian bridgeobservation deck and picnic area stone paving and stone post and lintel dwarf spruceriver boardwalkgateway plan - eastgateway plan - westexisting bridgestone paving interactive rock sculpture observation platform and picnic areacolored pencil and watercolorexisting bridge gateway model pictures top left: view facing southwest top right: view facing west bottom right: eye-level view facing southwest to the stone post and lintel 02 - Equinox Bike Garden Equinox is a small, locally owned brewery in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins. Owner, Collin Westcott, saw an opportunity to give back to the community by converting the alley parking on the south side of the building into a public bicycle parking area. This served as the first design location for LAND 362 - Form and Expression in Garden Design. Part of the design process for this site involved developing a conceptual idea from an analysis of the site and creating a conceptual construct. This conceptual construct was then used to develop design ideas. My initial thoughts on the site led me to think about bike mechanics, particularly gears. To me, gears represent interdependence, connectivity, and discipline, as well as individuals working with others to achieve a common goal. These ideas were directly reflective of Collins goal of developing an area to help benefit the community. From my conceptual idea of gears, I developed a conceptual construct of interlocking gears made from bottle caps. The conceptual construct was instrumental in developing design ideas for the site. I attempted to convey the conceptual ideas by designing inter-connected gear shade structures. These shade structures are equipped with solar panel fabric on top that allow the gears to slowly rotate during the day. Bicycles are parked vertically around the poles supporting the gears, helping to free up space and open up circulation. Along with bike parking, there are several seating locations including bar-style seating that doubles as a bike repair station. Equinox intends to place a grain silo on the site in the future; this area has been defined by a circular planting bed. The paving on the site is intended to match other alleyways in Old Town that have been recently renovated.conceptual construct These bicycle parking details illustrate the locations of the racks along with the vertical placement of a bike on the rack. The rack itself has room to fit the front wheel and hold it in place while a slit in the paving accommodates the back tire. The rack is designed so that a u-lock will fit around the frame of the bike and the rack.autocad autocad and photoshop 03 - Berkana Rehabilitation GardenBerkana is a rehabilitation institute based in Fort Collins that is dedicated to optimizing the health and well being of adults with physical injuries and disabilities. Berkana has plans in the making to build a much larger facility than the building they are currently occupying. Included in the building plans is space for two gardens, one on the roof of the first floor and one on the main floor in the center of the building. These areas of the building acted as the second study area for LAND 362 - Form and Expression in Garden Design. The design for the site evolved much like that of Equinox; we were tasked with coming up with a conceptual idea that would be represented in a conceptual construct. My conceptual construct for this site was a large origami crane folded from newspaper. The newspaper is something that has lost its use, yet when it is folded into a crane it takes on a new purpose. In this way the newspaper crane represents the meaning of Berkana, The transformation of beings into their new form. The forms of the crane are carried over in the design through the shade structures which take on the shape of the cranes wing and the interconnected hard-edges through out the site that resemble folded paper. This design involved deciding what type of injuries to cater to and developing a set of therapeutic gardens that would assist in rehabilitation. My design was created to assist people with amputations and people in wheelchairs. Programmatic amenities that help assist in rehabilitation include a therapeutic pool, climbing wall, and a rehabilitation terrain park which is incorporated throughout the area of the rooftop garden. A terrain park for rehabilitation involves creating a variety of paving surfaces and obstacles for people learning to use a wheelchair, crutches, or a prosthetic. In the rooftop garden there are several ramps with varying paving surfaces, a sand pit, a gravel pit and grass with pavers. Along with these features, the upper part of the fountain that connects the upper and lower garden is wheelchair accessible, allowing a patient to walk or roll through the water. The final touch of the design is in the materiality of the shade structures which would be made of canvas stretched across a metal frame. The canvas allows for virtually anything to be printed on the shade structures such as inspirational quotes, images and soothing colors.conceptual construct autocad and photoshop 04 - Behavioral Sciences Rooftop GardenThe Behavioral Sciences building at Colorado State University served as the site for a green roof system for LAND 368 - Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation. The objective of this assignment was to understand the difference between an intensive and extensive rooftop garden and incorporate both types into the garden design. The types of plants to be used determine the soil depth and ultimately what type of system must be used. Extensive systems are much easier to install because they require less soil depth meaning less weight per square foot. Intensive systems typically need additional structural support in order to hold the soil and plant weight. My design for the site incorporates a series of stone slabs that ascend to the edge of the roof to the west toward the mountains. The stone slabs define the planting areas for the two types of systems. Two dwarf blue spruce trees frame the view of the mountains while varying types of sedum and alpine plants fill in the spaces between the stone slabs. Movable chairs and tables provide an area for students and faculty to eat, study, and relax. Planting List Extensive System:-Sedum spurium Voodoo -Sedum spurium album Superbum -Sedum spurium oppositifoliu -Sedum sichotense -Pycnanthemum species -Salvia officinalis -Echinacea purpurea Maxima -Lavandula angustifoliaIntensive System:-Picea pungens Sesters dwarf -Lavandula angustifolia -Pycnanthemum speciesBehavioral Sciences Building Roof Garden Colorado State University Jonathan Noyes Land 368 March 26, 2012autocad and photoshop 05 -Lory Student Center Green InfrastructureThe final assignment for LAND 368 - Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation involved choosing an area on the CSU campus to redesign using three different types of green infrastructure elements. I chose a sight in between the northern end of the Lory Student Center and the Engineering building where a series of awnings covers a pedestrian pathway leading to a series of steps that descend to a bus stop and large student parking lot. I was immediately drawn to the awning structures which could be turned into a green roof system. While investigating the site, I came across a plaque that honors Ralph L. Parshall, the inventor of a device called the Parshall flume, an irrigation tool used to measure flow rates in a channel. The plaque also marks the site of the original Colorado Agricultural College Hydraulics Laboratory where Parshall carried out the experiments that lead to his invention. This discovery affirmed my site selection and served as a conceptual idea for my design. I chose to implement permeable paving, green roofs, and rain gardens into a cohesive system that would increase the efficiency of rain water usage. The awning structures have been designed to be extensive roof garden systems. These extensive systems collect rain water from the roof of the Lory Student Center along with falling water. The extensive systems are sloped in such a way that excess water moves toward three flumes. These flumes then allow any excess water to move into the small rain gardens. Excess water from the rain gardens as well as water along the permeable pavin


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