preliminary planning principles
campus hills and plateaus
Three distinct areas of the UMass campus – upland, midland, and lowland – have been observed by previous campus planning efforts. Their impact on the campus is still evident today and the form of the topography is inherent to the character of the campus. Perhaps the most obvious impact that these plateaus have had on the campus is evident in pedestrian circulation patterns. In general, north-south paths along the plateaus are numerous and well-established, while east-west routes that cross multiple plateaus are more infrequent.
Significant change in elevation (260') across the campus contributes to its organization, character, and one its greatest assets –views of the mountains to the west. The flat, low-lying west edge of the campus is established by the Mill River, while the steep, east edge of the campus is defined by Orchard Hill and Prexy's Ridge.
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