Master of Landscape Architecture at LSU

The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture (RRSLA) at Louisiana State University is renowned for its strong tradition of design education and research, and a curriculum that hybridizes artistic creativity with design pragmatism. For the past three years, I have had the good fortune of taking part in that tradition and have learned how to hone my critical thinking skills and life experience to conceptualize and solve environmental problems across a variety of scales. Below is a summary of my work while at RRSLA, which included design studios and coursework in ecology and technology, representation, coastal and estuarine studies, special topics seminars, and digital art. For a .pdf version of my work samples, CLICK HERE.

 

Algiers Eco-loop: The Untapped Potential of Traffic Medians

Algiers Eco-loop is my proposal for a 12-mile linear greenway system that enhances the most well-traveled corridors of New Orleans’ West Bank area and acts as a catalyst for more biophilic development. The urban fabric of New Orleans is riddled with large swaths of underutilized neutral ground and traffic medians, some of which are over 100 feet wide with little to no plantings, limited stormwater management functionality, and no bike/pedestrian infrastructure. I believe these spaces hold great opportunity for reimagining the street as a park and that such a park could redefine what it means to live an urban lifestyle in the Big Easy.

 

Catfish Square: The Re-emergence of the Street Market in Baton Rogue

Catfish Square is the reimagining of a vacant lot in an area known by local  Baton Rougeans as Catfish Town. Rooted in the concept of the neighborhood street market, the square will provide for the everyday needs of residents, whether they be social or sustentative. The design incorporates elements of progression (both in pathway hierarchy and the negotiation of the escarpment), varying densities (with a mixture of formal and informal market spaces), and “patterns” of history (paving  patterns  and  architecture  reminiscent  of  old  Choctaw  trading posts).

 

Memorial Station Park: A Bold TRANSIT-ion

This design for a neglected BREC park aims to celebrate the transitional state of Memorial Stadium. Through strategic urban forestry practices, intentional aging of existing structures, the use of liminal materials, and the establishment of a central transit hub, Memorial Station Park will be an icon of adaptation and connectivity which provides a more equitable future for the historically underserved neighborhoods of North Baton Rouge.

 

Canal District: Discussing Naturalization with New Media

Southern University’s School of Agriculture asked our Water Systems Studio class to address flooding and programmatic issues along a 2.5 mile corridor called the Baker Canal, which runs through their extension research area. In my proposal, the canal is naturalized using an urban-rural transect as an organizing principle, with corresponding intensities of programming in each character zone. The main focus of my project, however, was the use of drone technology and video animation to encourage our clients to see the site through new eyes. The hope is that the imagery will inspire them to envision a multi-functional future for the canal. Instead of simply moving water, it can detain, retain, filter, and enhance it. Instead of dividing property, it can become a connective common of natural beauty. Instead of separating land uses, it can become an integrated district of public-private partnerships, self-contained neighborhoods, and multimodal streets that improve the city without diminishing its small-town character.