“ . . . really addressed sustainability and water management . . . set priorities very well . . . liked the conservation and restoration . . .”
Overall the master plan embodies the vision established by the university to create a truly integrated and sustainable campus with strong connection between the academic, residential, and student life areas that promotes living-learning communities and builds on the vibrancy of the campus core. The campus is conceived as a compact living and learning village that sits harmoniously with its incredible natural setting . Academic life and social life are thought of as seamlessly integrated and a series of indoor and outdoor gathering spaces and courtyards are created throughout the plan, to support informal learning and socializing. Engagement with the external community and villages that surround the site forms a key component and facilities that enable this are strategically located in the mixed-use campus center at the entrance to the campus. The campus open space system is based on the extension of the armature of natural systems existing on the site: the valley with its agriculture terraces, the ravines that channel water and diverse habitat.