“ . . .Very quirky . . . great that it will support identity enhancement . . .”
The new district plan organizes these facilities with a clear logic, and a strong relationship to both the academic core of the campus and the campus’s open space framework. It will serve as a model for agricultural science programs around the country since physical distance between greenhouses and labs is a major hindrance to high quality research at many universities. Greenhouses facilities directly adjacent to academic cores will facilitate research and promote interdisciplinary interaction between colleges. At Riverside, this plan will enable the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine to begin their own plant research, a synergy long seen as desirable. The proposed siting of the greenhouses shapes a well-defined “research district” at the east edge of main campus, in close proximity to existing and proposed laboratories, implementing one of the master plan’s core philosophical principles, the fostering of communities. A previous general consensus that greenhouses were unsightly led to political pressure for their removal, but the planning team demonstrated an alternate paradigm: greenhouses incorporated into the heart of the campus, gathered in structures scaled to hold their own visually among large academic buildings.
“The planning team successfully developed a planning methodology, planning criteria, benchmarks and concepts for a new style of plant grown environments to help ensure UC Riverside's pre-eminence in agricultural research and entomology. The study has been accepted and will be used to develop a set of phased projects for possible inclusion in the campus long range Capital Financial Plan. The faculty expressed high satisfaction with the process and are hopeful that resources can now be identified to begin an important new era of development of plant growth environment space and facilities at UC Riverside,” says John O. White, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Capital Planning.
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners