This is my comprehensive project that I completed in my final year of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Oregon. The two-term project was the culmination of my educational career and I wanted to choose something meaningful that would relate to my main interest of creating and designing urban wildlife habitat. I started to ask around and very quickly a project fell into my hands from Mike Houck, the Executive Director of the Urban Greenspace Institute in Portland. He has been responsible for creating Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge as well as a giant mural on the side of the Portland Mausoleum that overlooks Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and had been interested for some time in creating a green roof for the building. I was lucky enough to also consult with Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director for Portland Audubon as well as Tom Liptan from the Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland and local eco-roof expert. In addition I talked with the building manager for the Mausoleum.

This project was a challenge because no plans for the building existed, they had all disappeared, so no measurements or structural information were available for the design. Instead I had to take some measurements and measure the rest from Google Earth.

Read through the presentation with the script added in, for a full detail of the design including goals, hypotheses and design reasoning.

Start with the presentation::

A Roof for the Birds:: Creating habitat on the Portland Mausoleum roof (PDF)

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Other documents

A Roof for the Birds:: Script without slideshow (PDF)

A Roof for the Birds:: Hypotheses (PDF)

Click on ‘continue reading’ to see the posters.

(Click on any image to see a larger version)

A Roof for the Birds:: Introduction

A Roof for the Birds:: Plan

A Roof for the Birds:: Habitats

A Roof for the Birds:: Sections

A Roof for the Birds:: Phase 1

A Roof for the Birds:: Hypotheses

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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World, coming April 1, 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.
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  1. I like that the roof design for your target species – the Common Nighthawk — would accommodate other avian species.

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