University of North Carolina Masterplan
The masterplan for the expansion of the University of North Carolina builds upon the existing grid of the campus. It contains the growth within a dense 'urban' core on the high ground on one side of the valley. This allows the preservation of large areas of existing natural landscape.
The extensive sports pitches and running tracks are composed as a large scale Italian garden terracing down the valley. Toby Creek is dammed to provide a lake for canoeing and an extensive wetland.
Priority is given to pedestrians and cyclists by making enjoyable routes through linked quadrangles and along two major new axes. The 1,300 cars are confined to the periphery, or to basement parking decks accessed from a new perimeter tree-lined avenue.
New landmark public buildings are placed on the edge of the campus to encourage links with the neighbouring community. One example is a performing arts centre which is linked by a spine of buildings to the library door, creating a welcoming new forecourt leading to the heart of the University.