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Professional portfolio holding best works to date, including urban design and landscape architecture projects.

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  • CHR ISTOPHER STEBB INS

    p o r t f o l i o

  • 1AN ADVOCATE FOR OUTDOOR L IV ING ROOMS

    What is the city but the people?

    Wil l iam Shakespeare

    Interested in the planning, programming, and design of. . .

    THE PUBL IC DOMAINTHE HUMAN EXPER IENCE

    CIT IES FOR PEOPLE

    city squaresurban plazasplacemaking

    human-scaledcommunity identity

    people placespublic l i fe

    social activationpublic accessibil ity

    social accomodation

  • 2A New Center for Public Life

    Clarkesvillle Mixed-Use Community

    Offering a New Civic Asset

    Municipal Park Design in Turkey

    Activating Community

    Repurposed River front in Athens

    A New Urban Hub

    Athens Pedestrian Community

    A New Identity

    Master Plan of River front and Urban Infill

    A Downtown Strategic Visioning Plan

    for St. Marys, Georgia5

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    Repurposing a Noteworthy Street

    A New Square on College Avenue

    Highlighting a Moment in History

    Conceiving a Kettle Creek Battlefield Park

    Getting Dirty

    Garden Plot Expression

    A Native Plants Center for Georgia

    Planting Plans at the Botanic Garden

    A Place of Repose

    Construction Details

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    What Places for People Look Like

    A Time of Discovery in Italy

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  • 5DOWNTOWN STRATEGIC V IS IONING PLAN

    St. Mar ys, Georg ia

    Through a public input process by our studio at UGAs Carl Vinson Institute of Governments, a vision was created for the coastal community of St Marys which introduces beautifying and walkable elements throughout the streets of their downtown.

  • 6An innovative solution to the nuisance flooding downtown could be a constructed wetland mimicking a natural estuary. Located at the absolute low point of downtown St. Marys, this detention pond is capable of collecting the sum of stormwater run-off from surface streets and stormwater conveyance systems, as well as taking in water from king high-tides due to the steady increase in sea level rise.

    St. Mar ys RSVP Pro ject 2016

    In te r t ida l S to rmwate r Es tua r y

    S t. Mar ys S t reet S t reet scape Concepts

  • 7DEF IN ING A NEW, MIXED-USE HUB DOWNTOWN

    Clar kesv i l le, Georg ia

  • 8The concept establishes a new urban hub on the edge of downtown Clarkesville, Georgia.

    A strategic vision process began with facilitating public input to identify residents priorities.

    Using effective design and planning principles, the goal is to establish a new active urban hub that meets and surpasses their needs:

    economic expansion provide event spaces recreate their historic square expand walkability visitor lodging diverse restaurant selection amenities for the young connection with the riverfront park

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    All new structures would be two to three-story mixed-use buildings.

    retail and services, upper

    residences.

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    NEW DES IGN

    MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL

    RICHIE STREET

    NEW CONNECTION TO PITTS PARK

    CENTRALSQUARE

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    REVIVED CLOCKTOWER ON CORNER

    New Courthouse Square Community

    Clar kesv i l le RSVP Pro ject 2015

  • 9MUNICIPAL PARK DES IGN IN ESK IEH IR, TURKEY

    Domed Botan ic Conse r vato r ies

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    In the Fall of 2014 our class were invitedbythemayorofEskiehir,Turkey to design and program a large land holding intended for a municipal park.

    Nestled between enough residential density and schools, I proposed The EskiehirScienceandCommunityPark, offering the city a vital educational and natural destination for public life:

    planetarium and observatory botanic conservatory outdoor classrooms demonstration gardens restored native forest walks linked to light-rail system

    Obser vato r y /P laneta r ium Complex

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    ATHENS PEDESTR IAN COMMUNITY

    P laza Space in Nor th End o f Commun i t y

  • Residential Floors

    Mixed Retail Floors

    Park/Leisure Space

    Commercial/Business

    Bu i ld ing Use

    Grocery

    Gymnasium

    Parking Decks

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    A large, abandoned property offered an opportunity for urban infill in Athens, Georgia just on the edge of downtown.

    This place would be clearly be part of Athens, yet have its own identity.

    I proposed a protected, walkable community accessed by foot from downtow, a proposed light-rail line and bike corridor, as well as by cars.

    Internal public spaces are surrounded by dense, mixed-use buildings with a diversity of uses.

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    REPURPOSED R IVERFRONTAthens, Georg ia

    Maste r P lan I l l u s t ra t i ng Mi xes o f Uses and Creat i ve Amen i t ies

    ATHENS PEDESTR IAN

    COMMUN ITY

  • Immediately adjacent to the proposed Athens Pedestrian Community, is another large economically inactive and environmentally degraded area which offered a link between downtown Athens and the North Oconee River.

    Based firmly in best practices for successful waterfronts, I proposed:

    limited residential development

    mixed-use buildings numerous public spaces traffic-calming

    measures creative attractions easy access by boat,

    bike, and foot ecologically-restored

    portion of riverfront

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    View to Wate r f ron t Dock

    F lower Demons t ra t ion Garden

  • MASTER PLAN OF RIVERFRONT AND URBAN INFILLAthens, Georg ia

    Spr ing 2014

    ATHENS PEDESTR IAN

    COMMUNITY

    ATHENS R IVERFRONT

    COMMUNITY

    DOWNTOWN

    ATHENS

    UN IVERS I TY OF

    GEORG IA

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    To meet the needs of Athens in the long-term, both the proposed Pedestrian and Riverfront Communities needed to be planned as phases in a long-term development effort, taking into consideration the surrounding context and the systems that feed into these future developments.

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    A T IME OF D ISCOVERY IN ITALY

  • Summer 2013 UGA Cor tona S tud ies Abroad Program

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    DRAWING IN CORTONA, I TALY

    Using the medieval Tuscan city of Cortona, Italy as the muse, I explored different media in expressing what I saw in this countrys harmonious combination of natural beauty and daily life.

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    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN ITALY

    These ancient Italian cities and their vibrant streets were my classrooms. Here I learned the principles of makes great streets and active social spaces.

    We then applied what we learned to projects located in our temporary home of Cortona.

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    Bobol i Gardens, F lo rence, I ta l y

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    Athens, Georgia needs a public space that can bring its diverse community to-gether, centered around a multi-purpose space that can host a variety of regu-lar or one-time events.

    College Avenue is the most appropriate location due to its central location, low traffic volume, and its identification with the University of Georgia and its iconic arch structure across the street to the south.

    This proposed redesign is characterized by sittable steps, fountains, and planters. Much of these seats provide a prospect toward spaces that can ei-ther host the daily theater of the local people, or regular events.

    Proposed Repurposing for One Block of College AvenueMEIGS PLAZA

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    Zelkova serrata(Japanese Zelkova)

    Band Stand

    6 Inch RisingSeat Steps

    Transluscent Canvas Structure

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    (Bay Laurel)

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    Sculpture Indicating Entrance

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    UGA

    Downtown Athens

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    CHRIS STEBBINS ~ LAND 6040 ~ PROF. HARRISON

    Panicum virgatum(Switchgrass)

    At the center of Athens, Georgia is a single section of street that is the gravitational center of downtown. Traffic volumes here are low and present an opportunity for a new public space.

    Taking advantage of the live music legacy in Athens, my leading goal was to design a space that can host multiple music acts both formally and informally.

    Providing stepped sitting space and overhead shading to watch these performances comfortably and passersby was an overarching design principle.

    A NEW SQUARE ON COLLEGE AVENUE

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    HANCOCK

    SOUTH

    WASH ING

    TO N

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    Athens, Georgia needs a public space that can bring its diverse community to-gether, centered around a multi-purpose space that can host a variety of regu-lar or one-time events.

    College Avenue is the most appropriate location due to its central location, low traffic volume, and its identification with the University of Georgia and its iconic arch structure across the street to the south.

    This proposed redesign is characterized by sittable steps, fountains, and planters. Much of these seats provide a prospect toward spaces that can ei-ther host the daily theater of the local people, or regular events.

    Proposed Repurposing for One Block of College AvenueMEIGS PLAZA

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    A

    A A

    Zelkova serrata(Japanese Zelkova)

    Band Stand

    6 Inch RisingSeat Steps

    Transluscent Canvas Structure

    Topiaried Laurus nobilus

    (Bay Laurel)

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    B

    Sculpture Indicating Entrance

    BB

    UGA

    Downtown Athens

    Itea virginianaVirginia Summersweet

    CHRIS STEBBINS ~ LAND 6040 ~ PROF. HARRISON

    Panicum virgatum(Switchgrass)

  • Kettle CreekHistoric Park

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    LIBERTYCHURCH

    andCEMETERY

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    ROUTE

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    PATRIOT'SAPPROACH

    HAMMETTFARM

    MAINENTRANCE

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    Kelly Branch

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    CONCEIV ING KETTLE CREEK BATTLEF IELD PARKWi l kes County, Georg ia

    I am serving as the lead planner and designer of a conceptual master plan for a national historic park, where a key Revolutionary battle took place in 1779.

    The goals are to enhance the access and interpretation of the story that took place here, as well as provide facilities for passive recreation.

    Maste r P lan Deve lopment

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    Picn ic Pav i l ion, Ket t le Creek H i s to r ic Pa r k

  • Maste r P lan

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    PLANT ING PLANS AT THE BOTANIC GARDENClar ke County, Georg ia

  • Plant Details

    Native PlantBotanical Garden

    Plant Details

    Native PlantBotanical Garden

    Buckeye Demonstration Garden

    Aesculus sylvaticaPainted Buckeye

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    Aesculus pavia flavescensYellow-Flowered Buckeye Buckeye

    Aesculus pavia paviaScarlet Buckeye

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    Dramative Cultivars of Native Species at Key Locations

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    Cephalanthus occidentalisButtonbush

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    Carex flagelliferaWeeping Brown Sedge

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    Lindera benzoinWild Allspice

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    Saururus cernuusLizards Tail

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    Juncus effusus spiralis UnicornUnicorn Soft Rush

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    Carex nigra VariegataBlack Sedge

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    Cornus Florida Cloud NineCloud Nine Eastern Dogwood

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    Euonymus americanusStrawberry Bush

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    Bignonia capreolata JekyllJekyll Cross Vine

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    Hydrangea arborescens IncrediballSmooth Hydrangea

    Most Common FloweringPlant on the Site

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    Acer NegundoBox Elder

    Carpinus carolinianaAmerican Hornbeam

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    Oxydendrum arboreumSourwood Tree

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    Tilia americanaAmerican Linden

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    Most Common Deciduous Trees On Site

    P lant ing Schedu le Photo Board

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    The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a beautiful and educational resource for all those who visit. One area of the vast property is dedicated to the study and cultivation of native plants to the piedmont ecosystems. However, the space is undeveloped and lacked facilities to support public visitation.

    To meet the projected need for access and visibility by the public, my proposed features include:

    pedestrian circulation small meeting plaza at the center outdoor classrooms test garden plots native plant demonstration gardens infiltration ponds water retention greenhouse facilities planting plan and detailed schedule adequate parking and bus loop handicapped parking

  • Pro fesso r Dav i s Cou r se Pro ject, Sp r ing 2013

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    GARDEN PLOT EXPRESS ION

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    I was excited to experience the connection between what I design and construct. We were open to design each of our assigned 10-foot square spaces using any form, materials and plants as we wished.

    I chose to follow a formal pattern that allowed some wandering paths and a feeling of enclosure. Hard materials I assembled or built included brick, mulch, and white-painted terraced planting boxes, while my plants were chosen for their ability to climb and their shades of red.

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    CONSTRUCT ION DETA ILS

    The elements featured here provide the construction details for a outdoor plaza space serving as a relaxation area for office employees.

    I included a tall, long seatwall bordering a natural stone-paved space, a lower space to hold a seating table, and a wooden boardwalk bridge to access this space across a small ravine.

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  • public spaceplacemakingcommunity identitypeople placespublic lifesocial activationpublic accessibilitysocial accomodation