How the expansion of a campus can be done in synergy with the landscape?
Three strategies have been established: Landscape, Mobility and Third Spaces.
On the basis of paradoxes and try-outs, spatial research questions are posed. These research questions are fed by careful observations, a thorough reading of the place and conversations with the existing and possible future users of the Health Campus South in Diepenbeek, Hasselt.
The research looks for different forms of co-existence:
Co-existence between biologically highly valuable area and campus expansion;
Between the modal shift and parking pressure;
Between space for campus expansion and increasing density;
Between additional land intake and an intensification of campus life;
Co-existence between seemingly irreconcilable things.
Third spaces are places that encourage social interaction.
They are unique ‘touchdown spaces’ that encourage and facilitate connection and creativity.
They are often unprogrammed spaces that are eagerly used.
Third spaces are also hybrid places where we can identify ourselves.
They are places where dialogues between (corporate) cultures and between paradigms can evolve.
They are places where something new can develop.
Third spaces are places for collaboration and for innovation.
Tommaso Mola Meregalli, Marco Ranzato, Riccardo Ruggeri
STUDIO TUIN EN WERELD, KADERSTUDIO, RomaTre University (subcontractor)