Early section (by Kelly Brenner)

This is a collection of some of my past work including designs, papers and other assorted projects.

  • A Roof for the Birds: Creating Habitat on the Portland Mausoleum Roof:: This is my comprehensive project that I completed in my final year of the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Oregon.
  • I-5 Wildlife Crossing:: This independent study design was to analyze a stretch of Interstate 5 in Oregon in GIS to find the best location for a wildlife crossing and then design a crossing in that location.
  • Station 7:: A shelter for runaway and troubled teens, I created a space that drew from monastic gardens to create a place of refuge, but also a place of activity by introducing a large amount of edible plants.
  • Boulevard Design:: This studio was focused on street design and my team worked through site analysis up to a comprehensive design in coordination with the adjacent groups to place nodes, transit stops and green spaces.
  • The Fields:: The third in a series of parks in Portland, this design focused on a connection to the other two while at the same time providing what the other parks lacked to create well-rounded series of distinct parks.
  • The Ecological Neighborhood (PDF):: This paper was a group project for a landscape ecology class. The paper was divided into sections such as Historical Projection, Frank Kinney Park, Residential Matrix and Green Infrastructure. The document below is my piece which is an analysis and recommendations for Frank Kinney Park in Eugene. The Species Natural History (below) paper was a source for this final project.
  • Species Natural History: Green Heron (PDF):: This paper was written for a landscape ecology class as part of a class effort to report on various Willamette Valley species. The report documents the life history of the species as well as design recommendations. These reports were then used for theEcological Neighborhood paper (above).
  • Oregon Urban Stormwater Best Management Practices: Reducing Impervious Surfaces (PDF):: This paper was written for an Environmental Management class on a subject of our own choosing. This was my first year and I was very interested in stormwater management after a previous class at Portland Community College. I chose to address the Oregon Best Management Practices which at the time did not address this subject.
  • One Green City (PDF):: Stormwater management and how it affects the landscape of a city was the topic of this paper written for an Urban Geography class. I focused on Portland and how the city’s incentives and Stormwater Management Manual are changing the urban landscape from a residential level up to a street and roof level.
  • The Hydrologic Cycle:: This paper was written for an advanced ecology class based on reading the landscape. The class was part research and part field work.
  • Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge: A Community Perspective (PDF):: This paper was written for a technical class about restoration in the Pacific Northwest. I visited Steigerwald NWR and talk to a stewards group who had implemented a number of different restoration techniques.
  • Oregon Holocaust Memorial: Portland, Oregon (PDF):: This is a group research paper written for History of Landscape Architecture about the development and history of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial which is located in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon. We were lucky enough to talk with the designer who gave us boxes of original drawings, memos and photographs.
  • Japanese Buddhist Gardens (PDF):: This was a paper written for a History of Buddhist Art class about Buddhist gardens. I talked about the origins, philosophy and design of Buddhist gardens and then talk about two examples.
  • Diarmuid Gavin Plant Composition (PDF):: This paper was written back at Portland Community College for a plant composition class. Diarmuid Gavin is half the reason I took the path I am on today, his design show on the BBC was revolutionary to me and inspired my unrealized creativity. Today I have diverged from his home garden design interest onto my own path but I credit him with putting me on the path to landscape architecture. This paper talks about plant composition for his design for the Chelsea Garden Show in 2004.
  • Campus Donated Memorials:: I worked for a year in the Infographics Lab at the University of Oregon with Facility Services to map all of the outdoor memorials. These included artwork and statues, trees with plaques, benches with plaques and plaques alone. The project consisted of consolidating a variety of data from various sources in AutoCAD, ArcGIS, the University main map and the rest I had to physically map and take many photographs of the plaques and what they were attached to. This was all accomplished in ArcGIS by creating points and adding many attributes to each. Another team worked on the web interface to create an interactive website that anyone looking for a specific donated plaque can go to. The website pulls up a photo, the plaque text and if it’s a tree, the species.
  • Mapping Materials: Bamboo:: This project was for a seminar about mapping landscape materials. It was a very enlightening project as I came to realize the extent of transportation and processing each material we use in the landscape goes through. The final product was a giant poster about 7′ long with a paper discussing the life cycle of bamboo from seed to fence (PDF).
  • Feng Shui Site Planning: A Cultural Method (PDF):: Feng Shui is a method of site planning that is centuries old. This project was group work as each team in the class chose a site based on different methods of site planning. Feng Shui is a fascinating method that has been greatly Americanized and as such lost most of the original theories. As originally intended however, as site planning, it easily stands against modern GIS methods.
  • Amazon Headwaters Map Book (PDF):: This project was done for a Site Analysis class. The Amazon headwaters in Eugene, Oregon was divided into different transects and divided amongst the class. Each of us took our transect and performed a multitude of analysis on the computer or in the field.
  • Postcards from the Garden:: This was the final project for a drawing class I took and the idea was to create 40-50 index cards all related to one subject. I chose the Portland Chinese Garden as my focus. The cards represent many angles of the garden large and small and all are done in a variety of techniques such as abstract or realistic as well as a variety of mediums including charcoal, pencil, watercolor and even paint. I really enjoyed this project because it forced me to look at the garden at many different scales and I discovered many things about the garden that I had not noticed or paid any attention to previously.
  • Portland Journey:: These sketches represent a journey through downtown Portland walking along the East Bank Esplanade and over the Hawthorne Bridge to the Waterfront.
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