Urban Design / Research Campus Competition.
Bay Area, CA
As leading academic and private sector research partners work side by side in a collaborative setting, a new form of international research hub is born. Its mission is to tackle global health, energy and environmental challenges through a curriculum centered on governance, ethics, cultural and international relations. An ethos of sharing open source, global contribution will replace the traditionally methodical process of scientific research in isolation. Dedicated to exploring the inexplicable and the unsolvable with the brash intent of explaining and solving these problems in the real world.
The design of the campus focuses on the creation of “Episodic” Quads; a variety of courtyards linking the different phases of the project with a Central Village composed of preserved existing buildings as well as new additions. A variety of building sizes — that are unconnected for flexibility of multiple tenants, owners, phasing.— and smaller, shared amenities and collaboration buildings occupy the Central Spine. A stronger conceptual connection of the two parcels is created by creating two islands and preserving the 1000’ wide grassland reserve and dense eucalyptus grove.