Master Plan Directions

This Master Plan Report represents a departure from the cohesive formal approach of previous campus plans toward an emerging 'precinct' concept, whereby the campus is divided into distinct planning areas with their own identity and function. This paradigm shift represents an early departure from the integrated cross-disciplinary approach the campus was formed upon and one of increasing segregation, isolation and distancing of elements.

Again, the arguement for this divergence appears to have been increasing financial pressures at the time in combination with high space shortcomings and a resolve to provide quick timely accommodation of facilities as cheaply as possible.

Conceptual Design Guidelines were to be prepared for each of these precincts in order to strengthn the character in each respective area and respond to localized constraints or opportunities.

Other highlighted campus planning issues identified and discussed in the report include:

  • The effect of walking distance in order to maintain a walking time of 10 minutes.
  • Pedestrian access to all areas of campus (internal and external)
  • The impact of parking and roads (in terms of campus access, mitigating climatic environments, visual impact, etc.)
  • Visual character (informed now by an 'emerging plateau image' or the aesthetic of Anderson Hall versus the imbedded coulee image of University Hall)
  • Plants and landscape concerns related to over-irrigation and safety, wind erosion and locations for plantings to mitigate these effects.

See pages 2.1 to 2.2 of the report.