Project 2: Landscape Strategies for the College of Veterinary Medicine

PHASE ONE: Lincoln Avenue Corridor

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Lincoln Avenue Corridor Landing

Grounding, Finding, Founding

Group Project: Examining Poetics & Experience

Most Important Grounding Discoveries:

Experience

Human: activity along and within the corridor is separated/disconnected from uses surrounding; physical, visual, accessibility obstacles.

Non-human: Lincoln Avenue acts as a barrier to non-humans (flora and fauna).

Poetics

Landscape Legibility: Lincoln Avenue Corridor tells a story, but pedestrians have limited opportunity to engage with or “read” it.

Finding, Design Concepts & Strategies:

Landscape elements, perceived through visual, auditory and olfactory senses will invoke various atmospheres along the corridor creating unique chapters of a grander story.

Northern section of the corridor at present condition fosters a sense of activity, this activity can be further encouraged and additionally inserted into the southern section using the following strategies:

Reflexive – insert new walkable connections between uses and corridor. Transformation of separate activities into lively interactions  along the edge. Promote movement flows and hesitation points at along the route.

Narrative – use the poetic progression of uses along the corridor to make a more lively and vivacious linear park experience; design to express individuality of uses but convey the reciprocity between them as well.

To accomplish the aforementioned strategies we browsed operations in other precedent projects which exercised concepts such as Greenways, Greenbelts, and Linear Parks with Hesitation Points.

Create Silo Park →  landmark, visual statement about history and ACES college.

Founding – The Vision: Lincoln Avenue Parkway

Our corridor development will be a poetic and pragmatic one, driving social performances and creating a vivacious atmosphere based on qualities which stem from the landscape surrounding Lincoln Avenue at large. The Parkway will act as a southern gateway into the UIUC campus center while providing connectivity for those coming from the more northern areas of campus. The corridor reformation will address issues like isolation of adjacent uses, lack of recreational and visual functions and obstacles for non-human groups by “thickening” the corridor with improved and purposefully designed biking and walking paths. Another major goal is to have the Lincoln Avenue Parkway narrate the history of the land, story of the farm, veterinary college and new integration of the park. The design of the paths is carefully planned to take pedestrians on a journey that weaves through the multiple uses along the corridor, not just past them. Our “thickening” of the corridor will terminate in a wetland buffer on the south side to deal with drainage issues and treat and clean water which runs off the agricultural land uses to the north.

 

Phase One Plan

Phase One Plan

 

PHASE TWO: The College of Veterinary Medicine

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College of Veterinary Medicine Strategic Plan (2012):

– “Reach national preeminence and reaffirm rich legacy of outstanding education, research and clinical service.”
– “Revitalize internal culture and external reputation.”
– “Recognize stewardship of human and material resources as a core value.”

SWOT

STRENGTHS — Lincoln Avenue Corridor — Southernmost UI Presence
WEAKNESSES — Poor Landscape Legibility
OPPORTUNITIES — Identity Development — Walls: “Blank Slate” — Art
THREATS — Drainage — Isolation

KEY ISSUES WHICH EMERGED FROM RESEARCH:
1. Current aesthetic of College of Veterinary Medicine campus landscape does not adequately express positive qualities or compassionate values of the College and its’ future aspirations.
2. Improved landscape design can help the College of Veterinary Medicine deal with drainage issues, compensate for its facilities high energy use and enable it to become more sensitive to ecological processes.

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