The locations of the different themes are compared to the area where they occurred.
The results are used to see whether or not the specified areas promote the intended use for that area
Results The most popular spots on campus were places that contained one or more of these elements: Commerce Stores, vending machines, etc. Nature and Open Space Greenery, Shade/Sun, Water, etc. Transportation Bus stops, walkways, etc.
Free Speech Zone “The grass is nice for people to sit on.” Commerce The bookstore & dining area are located nearby Nature & Open Space There are a lot of trees, plants, and grass in the area Transportation There are a lot of walkways
Central Quad “It’s open and spacious.” “I like being in the sun.” Commerce The Beach Hut is nearby. There are vending machines along the perimeter of the area Transportation There are walkways everywhere Nature & Open Space There are a lot of trees, plants, and grass in the area
Student Union “He ate food from Sbarro.” Commerce Located in the middle of the USU – there are stores all around. Nature & Open Space -Natural light -Palm trees -Water fountain
Bookstore Area “It’s nicer than being inside.” Commerce Near… -bookstore -dining plaza -outside booths Nature & Open Space There are trees and plants in the area Transportation Located along a busy walkway
49er Statue “I have three classes today so being outside is refreshing.” Commerce There are vending machines in the area
Maxson Plaza “Warm and close to destination.” Commerce There’s a sales cart in the area Transportation There’s a bus stop nearby Nature & Open Space -Water fountain -Trees
Library, AS, Beach Hut Commerce Near Beach Hut Nature & Open Space There are a lot of trees and plants “Right outside beach hut for food…”
Our campus turned out to me something of a microcosm of Whyte’s city. A combination of green spaces, water, commerce and walkways, spaces which are surrounded by a diversity of land uses were what gave people a sense of place.
In light of our research we suggesta few practical changes and improvements that could be made to the design of the campus.
Our goal: to provide people with more green spaces that are sustainable and viable additions to the campus and the environment as a whole.
There are many spaces on campus that could use an overhaul or would benefit from the changes we intend to suggest, for example...
Packed on the inside, vacant on the outside
What’s Missing? As we mentioned earlier, this was reported to be a popular spot, people generally mentioned the water as being a nice element and yet a good portion of it remains empty...
Where is everyone? This space is located directly across from the coffee bean and tea leaf, an area with a lot of traffic and a popular gathering spot for students, where is everyone?
Does this look/sound familiar? spaces that are too large and concrete, spaces with too little green space and shade, Spaces with water that splash or soak sitting areas with no option to move closer of further in, many of these details are often over looked but result in an unused space. As can be seen in the prior slides.
Besides planting more trees, we would suggest that one possible solution towards utilizing these empty plazas and creating more viable space on our campus would be a roundabout, a sustainable, innovative yet ancient design for a public fountain.
Sustainable Round about
“Water goes through a filter trapping excess debris, travels through an ultra violet sanitizer, where UV light energy destroys micro organisms without using harmful chemicals that create toxic “dead zones”. The water is pumped up through bog plants that clean the water by filtering excess sediments and absorb toxins.
Excess runoff not captured by the system is funneled to cistern underground, this water is then used to irrigate the surrounding street trees. Like ancient Roman aqua ducts, the water uses gravity to move through four bog pools where it eventually terminates into the fountain turbulence pool, creating a water feature and a green space for the community to enjoy.”