Michael Blank Landscape Architecture Portfolio

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Michael Blank's Undergraduate Landscape Architecture portfolio from North Dakota State University

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  • Landscape ArchitecturePortfolio

    ichael Blank

  • 1Biography

    This portfolio is a collection of my work while I pursued my Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science: Environmental Design at North Dakota State University.

  • Table of Contents

    Mesabi Falls

    Fargo Peace Park

    White Earth Cliffs

    Mayo Gardens

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    A mine reclamation project in the heart of the Iron Range

    A small scale design embracing the Fargo winds and capturing the essence of peace

    Environmental planning project mapping Bakken oil wells and focused on protecting Golden Eagle habit in the White Earth Valley

    Statue of Liberty Park

    An urban design project focusing on urban healing in the context of the Mayo Clinic in downtown Rochester

    A small scale design project in Fargo, ND that focuses on site detailing.

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    9-12

    13-16

    17-18

    19-24

  • Virginia Babbit

    EvelethHibbing

    Mesabi RangeDigital Elevation ModelsChisholm

    VirginiaExisting Site

    Missabe Mountain Mine

    Franklin Pit

    Mesabi FallsTypology: Mine ReclamationLocation: Virginia, Minnesota

    M e s a b iThe term MESABI comes from the word misaabe which means sleeping giant. The Ojibwe derived the Mesabi Range from looking into the night sky and discovering the striking resemblence between the constellation of Orions Belt and the Mesabi Range.

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  • Mesabi RangeDigital Elevation Models

    Franklin Pit

    M e s a b iThe term MESABI comes from the word misaabe which means sleeping giant. The Ojibwe derived the Mesabi Range from looking into the night sky and discovering the striking resemblence between the constellation of Orions Belt and the Mesabi Range.

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  • June

    May

    Sunset

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  • v e g e t a t i o n

    h y d r o l o g y

    r o a d s

    June

    May

    Analysis

    The site is located in the heart of the Mesabi Range. Surrounded by steep slopes and contaminated water these abandoned mines are in need of reclaiming. The slope analysis gathered from GIS

    illustrates large depressions in the landscape. The relationship of vegetation and hydrological movement supports introducing a

    wetland ecosystem.

    Optimal Star Gazing

    April

    March

    February

    Januar

    y

    June

    May

    September

    August

    July

    December

    October

    November

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun JUl Aug Sep Oct Nov

    Moon phases affect night sky viewing. The Nights of crescent and new moons offer the best times for stargaze.

    1st 9th 24th15th 31st

    Optimal Viewing Optimal Viewing

    There are several variable conditions that directly affect stargazing:

    + Humidity

    + Temperature

    + Wind

    + Moon Phases

    + Cloud Cover

    Sunris

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    Sunset

    Most Dark

    Least Dark

    Sky Darkness

    24:0012:00 MidnightNoon

    Michael Blank LA 590 Jason Kost

    Spring Equinox

    15 hours of Darkness

    Darkest time of night is halfway between sunrise and sunset

    15 hours of Darkness

    Mercury

    Venus

    Mars

    Jupiter

    Saturn

    Uranus

    Neptune

    8 hours of Darkness

    Fall Equinox

    January 2014

    New Moon Waxing Crescent Waning CrescentWaxing Gibbous Waning Gibbous New MoonFull Moon

    Planet VisibilityA planets visibility depends on the orbital

    positions of the planet and the earth in relation to the sun. Planets undergo a

    regular appearence cycle known as an apparition. A planets apparition

    begins when it emerges from the suns glare.

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  • April

    March

    February

    January

    June

    May

    Septe

    mber

    August

    July

    December

    Octo

    ber

    November

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May12:00

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  • Optimal Star Gazing

    Most Dark

    Least Dark

    Sky Darkness

    April

    March

    June

    May

    Septe

    mber

    August

    July

    December

    Octo

    ber

    November

    May Jun JUl Aug Sep Oct Nov 24:00 Midnight

    Spring Equinox

    Darkest time of night is halfway between sunrise and sunset

    15 hours of Darkness

    Mercury

    Venus

    Mars

    Jupiter

    Saturn

    Uranus

    Fall Equinox new moon waxing crescent

    optimal viewing time optimal viewing time

    waxing gibbous Full moon waning gibbous waning crescent new moon

    This perspective facing south west embraces the vast views of the Mesabi Range. This design intrigues people to stargaze and discover the roots of the Mesabi Range much like the native Ojibwe people. This infographic shows optimal viewing time for the stars and certain planets.

    Factors that directly effect stargazing

    Humidity Wind

    Temperature Cloud Cover

    Moon Phases

    Optimal Star Gazing

    April

    March

    February

    Januar

    y

    June

    May

    September

    August

    July

    December

    October

    November

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun JUl Aug Sep Oct Nov

    Moon phases affect night sky viewing. The Nights of crescent and new moons offer the best times for stargaze.

    1st 9th 24th15th 31st

    Optimal Viewing Optimal Viewing

    There are several variable conditions that directly affect stargazing:

    + Humidity

    + Temperature

    + Wind

    + Moon Phases

    + Cloud Cover

    Sunris

    e

    Sunset

    Most Dark

    Least Dark

    Sky Darkness

    24:0012:00 MidnightNoon

    Michael Blank LA 590 Jason Kost

    Spring Equinox

    15 hours of Darkness

    Darkest time of night is halfway between sunrise and sunset

    15 hours of Darkness

    Mercury

    Venus

    Mars

    Jupiter

    Saturn

    Uranus

    Neptune

    8 hours of Darkness

    Fall Equinox

    January 2014

    New Moon Waxing Crescent Waning CrescentWaxing Gibbous Waning Gibbous New MoonFull Moon

    Planet VisibilityA planets visibility depends on the orbital

    positions of the planet and the earth in relation to the sun. Planets undergo a

    regular appearence cycle known as an apparition. A planets apparition

    begins when it emerges from the suns glare.

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  • Fargo Peace ParkTypology: Urban ParkLocation: Fargo, North Dakota

    June

    May

    December

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    ber

    November

    Sunris

    e

    The Fargo Peace Park is a design embracing the winds of North Dakota. This swirling form was the inspiration for an inward focused design. Leading people inwards are these curving walls that have the affect of rising out of the earth. This integration into the landscape makes for a cohesive design that intrigues people to explore. These walls allow for inspiring peace quotes and captures the essence of peace.

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    May

    December

    Octo

    ber

    November

    15 hours of Darkness

    8 hours of Darkness

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  • Seasonal use

    Fargo often has long winters which can seem never ending at times. Bringing people outdoors can be a design challenge that is often neglected in this region. In order to bring people outside in the winter months I made the center of my design a dynamic space that has different functions throughout the year. In the winter months this space becomes a small ice skating location and a much more active space to help keep users warm. However as the seasons change the space changes with it. The center area becomes a passive space that allows users to relax and self-reflect. 12

  • 7% Unaffected Golden Eagle Habitat Loss

    54% Affected by Oil39% affected by Coal

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  • White Earth CliffsTypology: Environmental Planning

    Location: Western North Dakota

    Golden Eagle Habitat Loss

    54% Affected by Oil

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  • Bakken Oil Wells27,332 Wells drilled in North Dakota

    GIS Mapping

    Williston Dickinson

    Minot

    My Sector

    Lake Sakakawea

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  • GIS Statistics

    North Dakota = 27,322North Dakota = 1926

    My Sector = 53

    Oil WellsCoal Mines

    My Sector = 3,258

    Golden Eagle Habitat Affected Unaffected

    20,224 acres

    17,554 acres

    2752acres

    Link Unaffected Areas

    Oil Wells + Coal Mines + Golden Eagle Habitat16

    My sector is located 50 miles east of Williston, ND which is the epicen-ter for oil activity in western North Dakota. This sector is consid-ered to be critical breed-ing grounds for the Golden Eagle.

  • Statue of Liberty ParkTypology: Urban ParkLocation: Fargo, North Dakota

    Statue of Liberty Park is a site along the Red River in Fargo, ND proposing a public performance area. This project is focused on construction detailing several phases of the project.

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  • This design is an amphitheater overlooking a public performance space. The primary objective of the design is to capture the scenic views of the Red River.

    Context

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  • Mayo GardensTypology: Urban HealingLocation: Rochester, MN

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    Cafeteria

    subway Tunnel

    Secondary Ramp

    Secondary Ramp

    Gatheringspace

    Key Transition space

    Matthews Dome

    Bridge

    GondaMayo

    Entrances

    Private

    Private

    Private

    Public

    Public

    Public

    Matthews Dome

    Annenberg Plaza

    Siebens Building

    Marriot Hotel

    South Entry

    Mayo Building

    Design Process

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    Matthews Dome

    Annenberg Plaza

    Siebens Building

    Marriot Hotel

    Kahler Hotel

    North Entry

    South Entry

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