A collection of recent completed work and ongoing design processes at MTD
Working with Capilano University to explore and visualize potential future campus improvements.
These currently include ideas towards improving the identity and experience within the arrival atrium and dining hall area, as well as an expanded childcare centre and new arrival/entry sequence to the health and wellness facility.
These studies hope to capture a unique sense of place that celebrates the intimate relationship the campus has with the surrounding forest and seek out opportunities to include local materials and utilize local artists and craft/trades people.
Working with the Green Infrastructure Implementation team at the COV to develop a series of illustrations to help convey (sorry) the system based designs they are currently developing for Vancouver’s integrated Stormwater Management Plan.
These are some initial tryout sketches of smaller scale interventions, working up to neighbourthood and city scaled systems.
Working with Hungerford Properties on a future development in Calgary that anticipates a new LRT station.
Client: City of Surrey, Parks Recreation and Culture
Team: Ted Uhrich at City of Surrey.
Mike Coulthard, Cammille Lefrançois, Cassandra Cummings at Diamond Head Consulting
Matthew Thomson MTD
Yong An Canal
Client: Local Government of Xi’an City, China
Project: Yong An Canal
Team: Shane Chen of Artman Group + Shanghai and Guangzhou studios
Bie Jiang, PHD student, UBC
Professor Patrick Mooney, UBC
Yong Xu Yu, Point Landscape Studio
Matthew Thomson, MTD
Objective: To provide conceptual design of a new central canal feature for the planned financial district southwest of Xi’an centre.
Success of the design was measured on 3 key principles: Ecology, Water and Culture, and combined well with Bei Jiang’s current PHD research at UBC with Professor Mooney on ‘Ecosystem Services’, This applied-research provided a tangible toolkit that helped plot the goals and objectives, as well as assisting the local government in reaching and maintaining their specific project goals, while also integrating the central government policies.
‘Sponge City’ is a recent central government policy directive that requires new urban developments within China to employ design measures towards resiliency and adopt the latest integrated stormwater management and sustainability best practices to achieve this. This project was no exception, with the canal system offering an engineered conveyance route for storm water that sheds across an increasingly urbanized impervious area.
At a regional scale, the site is located adjacent to the dramatic canyons and lush planted slopes of the Tien Lin mountains with a seemingly unlimited mountain-fed water supply. However, the water proposed for the Yong An Canal system and associated irrigation needs will rely primarily on captured site stormwater, stored and purified onsite through a series of natural and engineered systems, with occasional seasonal draw from the adjacent river/canal systems if needed.