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Newcomb McAlister Unified Green, Tulane University
Located at the center of the campus, the two historic greens are currently bisected by a road and parking, limiting pedestrian circulation and visually dividing the university’s largest green space. The focus of this project was to remove the barrier of the vehicular circulation and replace with a generous pedestrian pathway system that provides a seamless connection to existing walkways and facilitates pedestrian desire lines. By incorporating a large paved central space at the intersection of the paths and the two greens, a new place of assembly on campus was introduced that visually and physically connecting the two greens providing a formal yet flexible space that can accommodate groups large and small. This circle is flanked by symmetrical custom-designed seatwalls and lit by dramatic sculptural multi-fixture light poles. These site improvements effectively designate this space as an important destination on campus where none existed before. Finally the proposed planting and rain gardens further enhances the pedestrian experience but perhaps most importantly develops a dynamic transition zone between the two greens that provides a pedestrian corridor that can be experienced in a multiple of ways.
New Orleans, LA
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