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INTERTIDAL
PLAZA

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SHAWMUT PENINSULA LANDSCAPE STUDY

The historical marshland ecology of the city we today know as Boston, once better known as the Shawmut Peninsula, provided a starting point for this studio project, which culminated in the design of an Intertidal Plaza.

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HOOK LOBSTER PIER
SECTIONAL STUDY

Hand-drawn section studies and digital collages assembled early on in the process informed considerations of how material conditions, tectonics, and weathering would intersect with the tidal flux, indeterminacy and materiality of Boston's marshland-turned-urban port.

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Landscape architectural precedents also provided a basis for the development of the plaza design. In the early phases of this MLA I Core Studio project, I was assigned to study W Architecture & Landscape Architecture's "The Edge" park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which I analyzed via section and plan drawings (left).

Through further sectional analysis and model-making  I adapted the park's iconic switchback form to create a field of switchbacks on our assigned project site, and I  began to develop a planting scheme hardy enough to endure the intertidal forces and conditions of the seaport site.

As my first studio project in the MLA I program at Harvard, the project offered me an opportunity to develop my model-making, rendering, and drawing abilities along with my ability to imagine and represent multiple site needs, uses, and scenarios.

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