Master Plan - Ecovillage
In this Urban Design Studio, students were asked to reimagine the future of McGill’s Macdonald Campus on the western tip of the Island of Montreal, which encompasses the University buildings, the Farmlands, and the Arboretum. Mac Campus houses McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Institute of Parasitology, and the School of Environment.
The project was done in collaboration with the entire class with the aim of generating a master plan that reflects the university’s strategic plan.
I was particularly interested in the historical morphology of the site and the future of the Farmlands.
The proposal seeks to address the issue of physical connectivity in addition to creating a more cohesive conceptual experience throughout the campus grounds. We proposed the ECOPATH from the lake at lower campus, through the ECOVILLAGE, towards the entrance to the Arboretum.
The ECOVILLAGE addresses the issues found in the context of the existing farmland: connectivity, food production, integration of the university into the social and economic aspects of the site beyond the University, and the potential for experimentation by reimagining the farm as an innovative hub for leadership in sustainable practices. It proposes a framework for future developments by suggesting a programmatic scheme of the site that overlays, juxtaposes, blends, and reshapes our conception of farming, education, innovation, living, working, and playing.
Urban Design and Housing Studio
Prof: Vikram Bhatt