UND University Village Development: Finding Community in a Diversely Populated Area
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Campus planning has become an increasingly important topic over the past twenty years in the field of city planning. With many state’s universities growing at an alarming rate university officials are beginning to wonder were to look for expansion. This thesis project focuses mainly on how to integrate a new style of public university that begins to fund itself through the events that are located on campus. With this new type of development there are concerns about losing the idea of focusing the attention on the student and turning towards just trying to turn a profit. This is the case on the University of North Dakota Campus. This campus has recently expanded its boundaries to include a luxurious new hockey arena that draws in fans from around the Midwest. With such a fan draw the University is looking into ways to incorporate these new visitors into their campus without disturbing the educational element of the college. One way to achieve this goal is to promote a mixed-use development that incorporates all the users into the same site at different times. This type of high-density development will allow the University to expand its student base onto the site and allow for visitors to enjoy the college atmosphere. This thesis is focused mainly on how to integrate these two groups (visitors and students) and the Universities existing alumni who also have an interest in the site. The main idea behind this design is a form of development called New Urbanism. This type of development promotes mixed-use development at a pedestrian scale. This project will also focus on the ideas of campus planning and transit orientated design or TOD. This thesis project will attempt to create a new type of campus design which will further move the University into the community.