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Urban and campus planning is similar to other design projects dealing with many of the same issues at the larger scale - circulation, identity, landform, busy places, quiet places, gathering places, scale, texture, transitions, etc. In campus planning, the relationship of buildings and the space between buildings is equally important.  In urban design, many towns need an organizing concept and identifiable central places to create hubs and a” heart”. 

  • At Bush School, the lower campus was re-planned to replace outdated buildings, preserve the existing campus green and take advantage of the steeply sloping topography by stepping the buildings down the hill - minimizing the impact of larger buildings and taking advantage of roofs as usable outdoor spaces. 

  • For the Center for Spiritual Learning the campus master plan clustered individual structures and “wove” gardens and outdoor contemplation spaces between.

  • In Burien, WA the town center plan relocated city hall and the library along with commercial and residential uses to a new town square. The “backbone” and organizing feature of the plan is a stream and linear park that flows through town center created by re-surfacing the old stream bed and original natural topography.   

  • Port Angeles is a historic downtown that was too big for the commercial needs.  In order to shrink and consolidate the retail district, two diagonal “meanders” were created – a commercial pedestrian swath and a park swath – both starting at old Main Street and ending at the waterfront. The meander concept is an extension of the ravines and streams flowing  down from Olympic National Park just above the city. 

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