Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Residential College Courtyard Renovations

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Residential College Courtyard Renovations

Article excerpt

Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture

Yale University with Towers|Golde, LLC

and Kieran Timberlake Associates; Perry Dean Rogers I Partners Architects; Goody Clancy; Herbert S. Newman and Partners

Jury Comments

"...Tremendous elegance of detail and materials...the decision to celebrate fantastic, human scale public spaces and recognize their significance and the way they elevate student space is great... "

Project Highlights

* Iconic interior courtyards were dismantled and then re-constructed to appear timeless while accommodating 21st century requirements

* Landscape designs of these eleven renovations are specific to the architectural heritage and to the culture and traditions of each college

* Design decisions involved clarifying the pedestrian circulation, protecting the quality of open lawns, making through-passages accessible, providing alternative routes, and separating pedestrian activity from service operations

* Renovations refine the spatial hierarchy and expand the experience of pedestrian cross-campus movement, both defining elements of the university's landscape heritage rooted in the 1930s designs by Beatrix Jones Ferrand

* Memorable and historic spaces, based on the model of Oxford and Cambridge are the essence of what defines undergraduate residential life at Yale as well as icons in their own right representing a significant chapter in the history of American campus planning and design-arts and crafts landscapes

* Project construction cost: $10. …

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