Campus Design Qualities and Principles

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Design Qualities for College Campuses U. of Kentucky Architect and Facilities Planning IMAGE AND CHARACTER We have all felt a sense of being in a special place at one time or another. We feel it whenever we experience a building, open space or natural feature which has a special meaning, or leaves a memorable impression. These elements project a distinct image to us and they have a unique character which makes us form a lasting impression of them. Campus areas that are well-designed leave a positive image and are places in which people will choose to live, work and return to. IDENTITY Identity is that element of a place which helps to distinguish it from another. A sense of identity develops from those visual cues in an area that are different from any other place. Visual identifiers could be unique buildings or an interesting landscape. People remember places that are distinctive and have a unique, positive identity. Familiar visual cues and recognizable places make people feel comfortable in a campus setting and they encourage a feeling of ownership and a sense of pride. ORGANIZATION AND PATTERN The organization and pattern of a place are the ways the physical elements comprising a campus are put together. They address the relationship between streets, buildings, and open spaces. Organization also relates to larger components of a campus, such as the library's location in relation to campus housing or the academic core. It deals with how streets are laid out and where they lead. Understanding these relationships makes people feel comfortable and secure. An area that is visually understood gives a sense of place and that helps orient people. Being able to visually understand the organization of a place and its pattern of land use helps people make sense of unfamiliar surroundings. It fosters actions, and guides movement by providing familiar cues to which people can relate. Good campus design strives to produce areas that are logical and can be understood by their users as well as those who designed them. COMPATIBILITY AND HARMONY
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 110 taught by Professor Slovak during the Fall '07 term at University of Delaware.

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