UMASS AMHERST campus planning
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   master planning

a culture
of planning.



preliminary planning principles

next steps


key issues
strengthen campus open spaces

The campus open space network and facilities do not reflect the stature of the institution

  • Entry and arrival on campus is underwhelming –no threshold or transition
  • Buildings and infrastructure do not define a clear network of open spaces –limited collegiate feel, scale, or hierarchy among spaces
  • Utilitarian approach to infrastructure (utilities, roads, etc.) makes these elements too prominent
  • Low branches and understory trees block views
  • Campus landscape does not incorporate elements that are distinctive to Western Massachusetts and the foothills of the Berkshires

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ill-defined and utilitarian

Excessive paving


Undefined spaces

Inadequate paths

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