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Overall intent of the Guidelines by District
Walking Amongst the Trees

Intent of Guidelines by District


While there are aspects of the guidelines that can be applied across campus, there are also three distinct districts unique enough in their history, topography and use to warrant area-specific guidelines.

The north district is clearly the most memorable area of campus. The goal for this district is to reinforce the existing fabric of buildings and grounds. The southeast district is planned to be transformed into a mixed-use village of living and learning. The goal for this district is to establish a new fabric for buildings and grounds. The southwest district is planned to continue to support the ever-increasing needs of Health Affairs. The goal for this district is to establish appropriate edges and scale. The guidelines for these districts, combined with the campuswide guidelines, will help create a more unified, elegant and beautiful campus.

The edges indicated by the dark lines are those critical to defining future open spaces. Ideally, these should be the “build-to” lines for future buildings. Non-highlighted edges are more subject to adjustment.

These diagrams identify the overall campus organizational patterns created by the edges of buildings and reinforced by centerlines that connect open spaces to building entries. Both diagrams indicate potential locations for monuments, statues, water fountains, etc. which might be located at critical junctions of the organizing axes. The diagram above shows both existing and proposed edges of buildings in order to establish a hierarchy of open spaces that are created by these edges.
Along with the organizational axes of the Master Plan, the diagram above shows the edges of proposed new buildings. This allows one to see the areas of campus most influenced by future growth and how the edges of new buildings reinforce its physical pattern.