This project was a part of a national design competition for the EPA Rainworks Challenge.
Elevated Boardwalk View
INSPIRED BY CALIFORNIA AND CAL POLY’S AGRICULTURAL PAST, THIS NEW SPACE ON CAMPUS HARNESSES RAINWATER TO FEED THE WATER TABLE, WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY SERVING AS A LIVING LABORATORY FOR AGRICULTURAL DEMONSTRATION AND ECOLOGICAL STUDY.
Drawing upon the geometric form and structure of agriculture, this new space on campus provides a variety uses for the Cal Poly community. Within this space there are three distinct spaces: “EAT” Plaza, a Wetland Boardwalk Promenade and Citrus Bosque. These three areas work in unison to tell the story of Cal Poly’s agricultural past, while showcasing its stewardship for the future. Each space contains a different level of social and environmental interaction, appealing to any one of its visitors. The “EAT” plaza will become a new centerpiece for campus gatherings. Its location on a node of campus circulation will ensure its importance for new club and student government events. The Wetland Boardwalk Promenade gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the bioretention systems at the core of this project. At the same time, it provides a quiet waterside study spot. Finally, the Citrus Bosque provides a functional ecological buffer between classrooms and Via Carta; a major pedestrian thoroughfare.
Citrus Bosque View
A bosque of citrus trees that utilizes a system of rills to irrigate itself off of stormwater runoff and allows for excess to be drained to a retention pond.
"EAT" Plaza View
Sellingonly snacks made with Cal Poly grown produce and meats, “EAT” will be the centerpiece of this new campus hangout complete with permeable paving and views over the pond.