June 3rd, 2012, by Jeremy Krygsman
Waterworks Park has long served as a destination and major open space in Des Moines, Iowa. In response to the park’s history as a prominent landscape of the city of Des Moines, and to the recent redevelopment of the Des Moines River, the attitude toward Water Works Park is poised to see a historic shift. I was pleased to assist Mike Barker of SHIFT Landscape Architecture, in his entry to the competition by producing a series of renderings. The experience modeling natural landscapes was very different from the usual concrete, urban streetscapes that I typically work with.
July 19th, 2011, by Jeremy Krygsman
To get the most out of a street, every inch counts. Streets make up a huge percentage of area in cities, and that makes them important public spaces. When we were tasked with re-imagining Downtown Oakville’s streets, we came up with several innovative but simple ways to use the space better.
- Increasing pedestrian space.
- Allowing flexibility for sidewalk cafes.
- Enabling dedicated bike lanes right through the core.
- All while ensuring access to parking and a smooth flow of traffic.
Check out the full project: Downtown Oakville Public Space Framework. Team members: Ryan Felix, Meaghan Mendonca, Matt Perotto, and Graeme Ruck.
May 7th, 2011, by Jeremy Krygsman
This project for Downtown Oakville was completed as a senior study project at the University of Waterloo. The goal was to inspire the Town of Oakville to re-imagine their Downtown as an even better and more successful place. It consists of a Public Realm Vision that enhances the existing street network, open spaces and builds on the strong identity of Downtown Oakville. The framework was presented by the team to a room full of Oakville staff in April 15, and the report contains the content from that presentation. You can download both by clicking on the images below.
I was privileged to work with Ryan Felix, Meaghan Mendonca, Matt Perotto, and Graeme Ruck on the project. The team acted as a consultant for Oakville, so this project was much more similar to a real-life urban design study than typical student project, requiring creativity, flexibility, and communication. We worked closely with urban designers at the Town of Oakville, including Gabe Charles and Kirk Biggar, under the guidance of our professor of urban design, Karen Hammond. We all enjoyed doing the project!
May 7th, 2011, by Jeremy Krygsman
May 6th, 2011, by Jeremy Krygsman
This animated 3D visualization was produced as a promotion for a shopping centre redevelopment called West Link, owned by Terracap Management Inc. in Edmonton. The project including model setup, rendering, and video production, and it was done in collaboration with MyMoxie.
March 9th, 2011, by Jeremy Krygsman
Urban Marvel “captured the imagination and admiration of the judging panel and audience” during our award winning presentation at the DSEA design competition for Seaton, according to an article featured on the City of Pickering View on Business website. Take a look at our plan for Seaton here. For posterity, I’ve reprinted the article below.
December 12th, 2010, by Jeremy Krygsman
In October, I participated in a great urban design competition with team Urban Marvel: Ryan Felix, Matt Perotto, Graeme Ruck, and myself, Jeremy Krygsman. Through, hard work, dedication, unique ideas, and a great presentation, we received the first place award in the competition.
November 3rd, 2010, by Jeremy Krygsman
This 3D modeling/rendering animation was produced as a promotion for a shopping centre redevelopment on Taschereau Boulevard in Montreal. It was a pleasure to work with my friend Ryan Felix and his associate Nick Shippers of MyMoxie on the project, and the video you see here is a remixed version of the footage done for the original video.
October 28th, 2010, by Jeremy Krygsman
What is the relationship between green plants and the desirability of an urban street? Are street trees appreciated or disliked by pedestrians? This original research was conducted at the University of Waterloo by Larysa Dubicki, Jeremy Krygsman, Sarah Martin, Julia Muller, and Andrea Santi. It was completed July 28, 2010.
For this research, I created a series of animated 3D visualizations of a typical urban street, with varying levels of greenery, which you can view below. The team then surveyed participants to find out what they felt about each scene.
The Four Scenes ranged from no greenery, to a street filled with large leafy trees and flowers. Below is a summary of the daytime views only, but you can view all of the walkability visualizations online.
October 26th, 2010, by Jeremy Krygsman
I am an urban planner who specializes in visualization. Why do I do what I do? For me, visualization is about ideas… the generation of new ideas involves both the spark, and the outlet, a way of showing to the world that the idea is valid. Urban design is about how the city looks, feels, and works. Visualization is my way of showing how we would change the world if we had a chance. Ultimately, to really have an impact, the idea must be built out of bricks and mortar, but, to approve of that final result, people must be able to understand what the idea is about, and how it will impact their lives for the better.
August 10th, 2010, by Jeremy Krygsman
Grimsby is a small town of about 25,000 people on the green side of Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, situated across Lake Ontario on the Niagara Peninsula. It is within one of the province’s richest agricultural areas for grapes (wine), peaches, and other fruit of all kinds (fresh Ontario strawberries, by the way, are the best). I worked with planning consultant GSP Group on a Community Improvement Plan, where I developed several renderings and maps for presentations and reports.
July 31st, 2010, by Jeremy Krygsman
Last spring, I started working with GSP Group, an award winning urban design and planning firm based in Kitchener, Ontario. This was my first project: as part of a residential intensification guide for the City of Hamilton, I prepared a series of renderings and plans for five different theoretical redevelopment sites across the city. Here they are:
Site 1: Downtown Tower
Characteristics: podium office/retail, up to 12 storeys residential.
This twelve storey building fits into a downtown setting perfectly, with setbacks to allow light to reach street level retailers.
Site 2: Grocery Store Redevelopment
Characteristics: mixed use, low rise
This site, formerly a grocery store, provides an opportunity for several low-rise buildings, parking, and greenery. All buildings face the street, and range from condominiums to townhouses to live-work uses.
September 25th, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
Green Motion City
This urban design project was an entry for the Incheon Urban Design Completition. It was designed by me and my friends Ryan Felix, Jiffy Lee, and Meaghan Mendonca, over a few months in early summer 2009. Below the fold is a series of images from the display panel, formatted to fit your screen. Enjoy!
September 23rd, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
Alliance Tower is a premier office tower design conceived in 2006 when I sketched the concept on a peice of paper in one of my high school classes. I even made a quick model then, but this summer, I decided to test my 3d Studio skills and turn it into a real architectural visualization.
The tower is 42 stories and 144m high. It features a three storey, circular lift hall sheathed in glass, with a radiant pattern of light wells to fully naturally illuminate the interior of the space. The spire tapers geometrically, inspired by the layers and petals of a flower. Most of the usable floor space is within a few metres of a window, with great views from any spot in the tower.
September 22nd, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
Welcome to A Digital City version 3! My goal for the new layout was to permit a more visually immersive experience, especially with the custom background feature. In the coming months, I will be updating my portfolio to include all the goodies I’ve been working on recently, so look forward to it!
If you have any feedback (especially negatives!), let me know in the comments section. Otherwise, enjoy!
July 6th, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
Busy with their daily life on chaotic streets, the residents of Hong Kong do not seem to care very much about the buildings above their heads. To a visitor, however, they are absolutely awe inspiring, if not mind boggling. According to Wikipedia, Hong Kong is the most vertical city in the world with 7,650 skyscrapers. In some areas, this level of density is enough to cause real overcrowding at street level, especially in key shopping districts.
Built Form :: Architecture is the first thing people notice in a city, even if they don’t realize it.
- A large part of Hong Kong is made up of rather nondescript, 10-20 storey tall tenement blocks that are often dirty and discoloured.
- Besides that, there are many examples of excellent planning in the city. Every space is used to the fullest, and places that would be ignored in North America are often turned into gardens or sculptural features.
- There is almost no historically significant buildings left, having been taken over by new development. Luckily, most new development of high quality; though to have real character, it is beneficial for a city to have some historic elements.
- The bottom line is, Hong Kong is the capital of glittering towers of glass and steel!
Since a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to architecture, we will take a look at the different styles of building in Hong Kong through a gallery. If you would like to know where a picture was taken from, feel free to ask in the comments. Enjoy!
May 7th, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
Belmont Village: The Movie may not be coming to theatres near you soon, but it is a story that will touch your heart (if you like city planning, that is). It is a story about the agonizing decline of a well-known commercial strip near downtown Kitchener, now transformed into a glittering urban district. Experience the soaring, eco-industrial space of the Atrium, and the unique shapes of the Convex and Concave parks… you can see it all here in the A Digital City presentation of Belmont Village: This City has Curves.
March 17th, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
I would just like to point out the latest page I have added to my Portfolio, called Belmont Village: An Excercise in Creativity. It features a display panels and some amazing 3D modeling I have been working on as part of a major team urban design project for one of my classes at the University of Waterloo. In the next week, I will be finishing a model of the entire site, and will post an updated version shortly after the project is complete. Here is an example!
January 19th, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
The Toronto Subway is run by the Toronto Transit Commission, and serves over 1.2 million people every day. It has 4 underground lines and one above ground line, of which the Young-University-Spadina line is the oldest. Transit service on this line is generally excellent, with trains arriving 3 to 4 minutes during rush hour. However, there is one major problem with the subway: it can be very confusing to an outsider like me, and it tends to look downright ugly!
I’m sure it can be improved, however, and I’ve spent several hours designing a new subway entrance – it was a great learning experience! Perhaps later I will finish with an entire station design, complete with signage and everything, but without further adieu, here it us!
Lit up at night.
The bathroom tiled walls of most TTC subway stations do have some cultural and historic significance, and really they don’t look half bad when they’re well maintained and surrounded by a modern structure!
If you like the design, please comment!
January 3rd, 2009, by Jeremy Krygsman
There has been pressure in Canada to deliver stimulus packages and bailouts to every big company that needs them during the credit crisis. A wave of bailouts began in the American financial sector, and has now spread quickly to the auto sector, which appeared to be on the brink of collapse.
But first, let’s get one thing straight. Canada’s banks were rated the strongest in the world in October. The government did not have to act to protect them, something that was deemed necessary in the United States. This is a good thing: to me, a capitalist system should not throw money at failing companies — many of which are falling because of their own risk taking. Why should the government insure stupidity?
The next thing on the table is the bailout of the automakers. They are losing money at ridiculous rates, so the American government decided to use taxpayer money to avert their imminent collapse. Perhaps such a measure was necessary given the current state of the American financial system — but it is certainly not necessary here in Canada! If the auto companies are really worthy of a “bridge loan”, they should be able to get it from our (healthy) banks. If the banks won’t even lend to them, why should our government!
Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, seems to be one of the few world leaders who are making sense on the economy right now.
The Chancellor has said she won’t engage in “senseless” competition with other countries to deliver stimulus packages. [article]
This is exactly what Canada should be doing as well. Sure, if other countries want to bail out inefficient, inept, and money losing corporations, let them do it. But here in Canada, let’s keep our government out of deficit, and let hard earned cash stay in the pockets of people who have actually worked for it.