Monday, October 5, 2009
Its Time to Parti
*The Image describes some initial concepts of how of the neighborhoods development. The NDSU Campus Urbanization shows how the site could be developed to maximize its street presents and create a defined central commons space reflective of many of the great urban universities around North America. This plan will be developed to serve the 4000+ students (the goal of the NDSU downtown master plan ) with class space, physical and mental wellness facilities, Student Union, and dining services. Plans will soon emerge of how underground parking could be integrated in the site to supply the parking needs of the faculty and staff. One thing that needs addressing is how the campus buildings relate to the the housing to the north to avoid unsettling juxtaposition and sun access.
The academic village studies how urban housing would affect the neighborhood. The primary problem with the current massing is the availability of natural light throughout the spaces. Parking will also be a major consideration of how this site is developed. It has come to my attention that a realignment in one ways may need to be undertaken to confront safety concerns caused by an increase in traffic due to the areas development.
The image above is a study of the pedestrian commons that may be created on the NDSU Downtown Campus. With proper planning this area could become similar to mall developed on the Concordia University campus.