During Phase 04 you will continue to refine and further articulate your overarching project approach and opportunities into a site-specific design proposal. This phase of work synthesizes all prior work to date and formulates a compelling, long-range timescale design proposal for one (or more) portions of the Mississippi River. Your design proposal will bring form, space, meaning to the project approach and program. In doing so, your design proposal shall seek to integrate and articulate hydrosocial program, socio-ecological systems and proposed systems, programs and moments at a range of scales through proposed land use changes, fluvial and ecological infrastructures, materials and other considerations.

Specifically, you will advance a preferred project strategy (or strategies) developed in the conceptual vision planning phase into a design proposal located in one (or more) project areas. In contrast to the largely gestural work of conceptual design, your work will now advance with the an additional degree of specificity necessary to establish a clear, concrete design proposal.

The design proposal will require additional precision so as to more accurately test and visualize your design proposal. A variety of investigative design representations-study models, sections, perspectives, etc-will be used to examine, test and refine the design proposal. To begin, you will need to develop a refined conceptual design. Based on the comments received for the three conceptual design alternatives, quickly prepare a revised and preferred conceptual design alternative. This preferred concept will be the basis of your work going forward.

All projects will be presented on Friday, December 14th. Phase 05: Final Submittal will be issued on 12/03. This will include the final submittal requirements, format of final presentations on the 14th and discussion of exhibition/ASLA award submittal requirements. .



Phase 4 requirements include a MINIMUM of the following, all in 8.5 x 11, landscape format, 300 dpi. Your illustrations should have a consistent visual appearance and identity, including fonts, color theme, etc. You should identify precedent illustrations that you will use for inspiration. See the Resilient by Design or other examples.

  1. Using a plan or aerial-oblique view, provide 3 (or more) Project Approach Diagrams, using infographic, diagrammatic format. These diagrams are intentionally conceptual and simple so as to illustrate and communicate the primary strategies or opportunities of your design proposal. They may include systems, program, moments or other essential aspects of your design. One strategy or opportunity per diagram, 3 total (minimum).

  2. One, Aerial-Oblique Vision Plan that illustrates the design proposal. This should be a continuation of one of the views (or a new view) from the conceptual design phase. Level of refinement should be similar in intent and quality to examples in course folder and the Resilient by Design competition. Must show your overall project area, adjacent context, important connections, river, etc.

  3. No less than two, Site Sections/Elevations of a portion of your design proposal. Scale 1:20 (or other, as approved in advance) that bisect a representative portion of your project site, showing the estimated existing conditions and proposed conditions. Sections should be equal V:H scale, labeled, indicating existing and proposed grades. Each proposed section should be accompanied by an existing conditions section, at same scale for comparison. Visual style should be similar to project examples (SCAPE or JCFO). Each section must indicate some essential aspect of landscape change over time. For many, this could be different water levels due to climate change, flooding, or other.

  4. No less than two, Site Perspectives, based on archive of existing site photos, Google street views, your own digital 3D models. The perspectives should be eye-level views of important moments or features of your design proposal. It is essential that the eye level perspective be an ACCURATE portrayal of materials and character of the space. The perspectives are to be used as both a design tool and a representation tool. The goal is NOT to just crank out a perspective, but to use the perspective within the design process to further develop the design. 24x36 landscape orientation.

  5. Four, Typology Prototypes utilizing axonometric, short section-perspectives method. Each typology should provide a representative illustration of specific programs or systems of your design proposal. As typology prototypes, the content should be specific enough to convey overall design intent by illustrating scaled site improvements, such as landforms, walks, streets, etc., but general in that they could be found in a variety of locations. The “base” of each typology prototype may be developed as a 3D digital model.

  6. One axonometric, long Section-Perspective of a portion of your project. This should be a color-rendered, low-height aerial oblique that slices through a “long” portion of your design, showing surface and subsurface conditions, land use and diagramming hydro/ecological processes along with necessary labels, keys, etc. The “base” of the section perspective may be developed as a 3D digital model.

NOTE: The work products describe the final requirements only. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to use the broad range of design techniques that you feel are necessary for your work, such as sketches, diagrams, study models, precedent research, reflective writing, etc. As always, I welcome updates via email or meetings by office hours or appointment.


Week 09

1029: Phase_04 posted.  Commence preliminary tasks: 1) prepare preliminary conceptual site plan, trace/sketch format, based on three concepts and comments received to date (Due for class on Wednesday, 10/31). 

1030: Work session. DUE: Preliminary preferred conceptual site plan (analog); to discuss in desk crits.

1102: Work session. Desk Crits.  

Week 10

1105: Mini-lecture. The Analytical Section Lecture. Work session.

1107: Work session.  Desk Crits. 

1109: Guest lecture with Rossi-Mastracci studio. TBD

Progress Pin-up. Draft of items 2, 3, 4 and 5 above.

Week 11

1112: Mini-lecture. Presentation strategies. Work session. Desk Crits.  

1114 Work session . Desk Crits. 

1116: Work session.  Desk Crits. 

Week 12

1119: Progress Pin-up. Draft of all required items

1121: No class 

1123: No class- holiday

Week 13

1126: Work session.  Desk Crits. 

1128: Work session.  Desk Crits.  

1130: Final draft presentation- guest critics.

Week 14

1203: Work session.  Desk Crits.  Phase 05- Final Submittal Issued 

1205: Work session.  Desk Crits.  

1207: Work session.  Desk Crits.

Week 15

1210: Work session.  Desk Crits.  Course evaluations

1212: Last day of class.  

1214: Final Presentations (all day)

Week 16

1217: -

1219: -

1221: Final Submittal. Exhibition TBD



Designing a River Garden  Georges Descombes.  Georges presents the River Aire project, with a focus on the research and design process.

Landscape  Richard Haag FASLA.  Rich discusses in detail the  design process for a couple of his most notable projects, including Gas Works Park and Bloedel Reserve.

Landscape Lecture Martha Schwartz. FASLA. Principal and Founder. Martha Schwartz and Partners. An overview of some of Martha's recent work and her design process. 

London Olympic Park. George Hargreaves FASLA Senior Principal and Director of Design. Hargreaves Associates.   George focuses on the design process of London Olympic Park, with a notable discussion on project strategy and site-specificity of design.  

Landscape Lecture. Julie Bargmann. Professor of LA, UVA; Founder D.I.R.T. Studio.  Julie discusses her approach to post-industrial sites though use of material and landscape process.  

Recalibrating the city: Advocacy by Design. Mia Lehrer . Partner and Founder. Studio-MLA. Mia presents several urban/post-industrial projects, including the recent Los Angeles River Plan.

Intermediate Natures. Michel Desvigne FASLA. Principal and Founder. Michel Desvigne Paysagiste. Michel discusses a variety of projects from Europe, with a focus on ecological transition and open-ended futures. ,