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- UTS City Campus, Ultimo, Sydney
The UTS Alumni Green is the most significant open space at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) City Campus offering a unique opportunity to socialise, learn and enjoy campus life. The design creates a multitude of opportunities to bring people together by providing the social infrastructure to create places for people.
ASPECT Studios won a single stage open design competition in July 2012 for the UTS Alumni Green. Following the competition, ASPECT Studios was engaged by UTS to develop and document the competition scheme. The Alumni Green finished in line with the construction of the new Science and Graduate School of Health Building and the Library Retrieval System (LRS). The Alumni Green is the binding design element for all three projects, and sets the framework for subsequent projects to develop around its interfaces.
The planning process for the Alumni Green has been guided by a strong, conceptual design diagram that has informed every decision throughout the planning and design process. Calling on the Campus Master Plan’s ambition for a ‘sticky campus’, ASPECT Studios developed a parti diagram that established a place with three parts; The Green, The Heart, and The Garden. The location of each part was derived from considerations of orientation and access to light, circulation patterns, intended uses, and interfacing building programs. The changing scales of the spaces create many opportunities for day and night time use; for individuals and groups, for ceremonial and celebratory events.
The new public heart of UTS is a showcase for the benefits of green infrastructure, urban greenery and ongoing place making. UTS curates an overlay of chairs and furniture to create comfort and a high quality environment.
Further to the Alumni Green, ASPECT Studios was engaged to create an extensive green roof on top the new Science and Graduate School of Health Building: which provides positive environmental benefits to the building as well as another opportunity for break out and social engagement.