preliminary planning principles
College campuses are defined as much by the spaces between buildings as by the buildings themselves. The most iconic aspect of a campus is often a large quadrangle; Ohio State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Maryland, College Park are home to such examples. These spaces vary in configuration, but they all share a monumental scale and simple landscape features of turf, trees, and pedestrian paths. Most importantly, each of these spaces is surrounded by campus buildings that work together to create a well-defined outdoor room.
At UMass Amherst, the area around the Pond is a grand open space, generally considered to be the heart of the campus. Strengthening this area would enhance the student experience. Improvements might include changes to the vegetation around the perimeter of the Pond to establish clear views; site furniture or other passive program elements to encourage activity; stronger connection to the Student Union and Campus Center to increase vibrancy.
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