RoTo Architects worked with Arizona State University on a vision plan for the West Gateway of the ASU campus in downtown Tempe. The 10 acre site will become a gateway from to the city, spatially and programmatically. The College of Business, Fine Arts and Architecture, will be intermixed with civic and commercial activities. The creative process of programming, design, and quantity surveying was seen as a prototypical model of the new initiatives of trans-disciplinary intra-collegiate working relationships.
ASU University, originally conceived as a campus with conventional boundaries, is being
re-conceived as an embedded part of the city, in every way: physically, academically and culturally. The objectives of this vision plan, undertaken at the request of the President, were several:
To hybridize civic and academic facilities and uses
To create an active “24 hour,” live-learn-work environment
To create an academic “free zone,” to stimulate trans-disciplinary projects and learning-teaching.
CLIENT : ASU – Michael Crow, President
SIZE : 10 acres