Urban Forest Plan

Gateways
1. Gateways

Edges
2. Edges

Park, Quad, Court, Field
3. Park, Quad, Court, Field

Campus Structure
4. Campus Structure

Campus Landscapes: Reinforcing Structure, Providing Delight
5. Campus Landscapes: Reinforcing
Structure, Providing Delight


2    Campus Structure and Character

The 1994 Queen’s University Campus Plan provided the planning basis for the current study. The Plan is definitive in intent while maintaining the flexibility to accommodate specific needs as they arise. The planning principles and strategies set out the objectives and general means by which these may be achieved.

A key approach of the Plan is to preserve the best and repair the rest. Future development should reinforce those aspects of the campus that are of value and problem sites should be redeveloped to support the prevailing pattern of low-rise buildings defining identifiable open spaces. The goal is to enhance the academic, social, functional and aesthetic viability of the campus. The urban forest inventory is an important asset that contributes to the prevailing physical structure, appearance, image and livability of the campus. The Plan’s strategies on campus structure and character are particularly relevant to planning for the campus urban forest. The positive development pattern of the existing campus that should be reinforced or clarified through future management and renewal of the urban forest are highlighted below.

  • Core, edges and gateways: a core-centered campus with an identifiable core and gateways, and appropriately integrated edges.

    University Avenue is the primary organizing device for the flanking buildings and open spaces. The intersection at Union Street forms the focus of a recognizable core and should be upgraded. The campus should present a favorable face to the adjacent community and the public through proper design of its frontages, whether as buildings or open space facing the surrounding community, or where the campus abuts the side or rear lot lines of adjacent properties. The building facades and landscapes that signal entry to the campus should provide a favorable first impression of the campus.

  • Parks, quadrangles, courts, fields, streets, walkways and landmarks: the prevailing sprit of the place.

    The established spatial structure of buildings and landscapes reflects the historical development of the campus and is fundamental to the image and amenity of the campus. This built form is characterized by an ordered network of parks, quadrangles, courts, fields, interconnections (both movement and view corridors) and landmarks. The design of these landscapes should reinforce and clarify the basic structure while supporting the diversity within this larger order that is essential to the legibility and livability of the campus.

  • Landscape Quality: structure, delight and economy.

    The landscapes should provide an attractive setting for the buildings, reinforce the spatial structure of the campus, stimulate social interactions, offer comfort, security and delight. Landscape design should also reflect maintenance budget realities.

  • Heritage Management: preserve, adapt and integrate.

    New development and heritage conservation should be balanced so that the historical roots of the campus and its setting are evident within the context of a vital and evolving campus environment.