Providing Accessibility + Inclusivity at a Campus Core
This cosmopolitan, pedestrian environment is both a destination and a crossroads. Envisioned as a universally accessible and welcoming place, designed spaces invite a diversity of visitors and celebrate the university’s global community. The public realm is enduring, built with materials that wear well with use–especially in moments where people directly interact with elements and in high-traffic areas. The district is contemporary and modern, celebrating the best of UC San Diego’s history and culture while highlighting the natural beauty of the place and Southern California. As a democratic public space, it provides a platform for protest, celebration and campus civic life. The space accommodates both planned and spontaneous events. Shared use of this campus center encourages connection, empathy and cross-pollination of ideas–striving to build campus community and set the stage for memorable academic experiences.
The project builds on UCSD’s planning work to establish an integrated approach to mobility and public realm improvements. Working with the University to address a broad range of community perspectives, CMG is centering the goals of campus open space vibrancy and improved pedestrian streetlife in reshaping the site.