“ . . . massive vision, grounded by strong hydrologic and mobility strategies . . . very good analysis diagrams where they take away the buildings and show the groundwork . . .”
The master plan builds on the powerful image of the UTP academic core and the extraordinary environmental setting of the site to provide a distinctive and vibrant green identity that will generate new strategic industrial partnerships at UTP. It provides a holistic approach for a sustainable built and natural environment through a combination of design considerations, including the conservation of existing endangered trees, the management of stormwater through retention of natural drainage corridors and provision of bioswales, the development of the mobility connector, and the adoption of passive microclimate strategies. The highly functional open space strategy offers many amenities and recreational opportunities while accommodating the region’s rainfall, which totals nearly 2,500 millimeters annually. This provides a connective tissue between the UTP campus and the new research district, enhancing the quality of the campus experience while providing resilient strategies for landscape conservation and hydrology. The new partnerships generated by the district hold the prospect of advancing technology and talent, and transforming Malaysia’s industry into one of innovation and supply, instead of simply procurement. In this way the master plan will shape not only the future of UTP, but also that of Malaysia.
“The distinct identity of the existing UTP campus is extended to provide a lively, dynamic, and walkable new district that will be a catalyst for university exploration and discovery in new businesses, products, ongoing cutting-edge research, and new strategic partnerships between the university and private industry,” says Prof. Dr. Abd Rashid B. Abd Aziz, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Petronas.
Sasaki Associates; also Dolma Fund