Anant National University
Sasaki is proud to announce that the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) honored three Sasaki projects with 2021 Excellence Awards. The Anant National University Master Plan won an Honor Award for Excellence in Planning for a New Campus, the Virginia Tech Infinite Loop and Green Links received a Merit Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture for Open Space Planning, and the University of Wyoming Campus Master Plan received an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus.
The jury selected one Jury’s Choice, five Honor, six Merit, and four Honorable Mention entries to award this year. Winning entries will appear on SCUP’s website, and will be profiled in the June edition of Learning By Design magazine. Congratulations to the Sasaki teams and the rest of this year’s winners!
Read on for more information about each project.
The Anant National University Master Plan seeks to develop a campus that is conducive to realizing the university’s mission: redefine design education in India by creating a new model that embraces multi-disciplinary learning, a culture of making and experimenting, and the development of 21st century skills around critical thinking, leadership, team work, engagement and communication. Situated on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, a city with a deep tradition of design excellence, the new campus is situated in a rapidly urbanizing neighborhood with a BRT extension currently underway. The campus will facilitate ANU’s long term growth into 5,000 students over the next 10 years.
The Infinite Loop and Green Links are a response to the campus’s location in the Appalachian Mountains. These projects catalogue Virginia Tech’s vast network of non-compliant pathways, stairs, and missing links that have not been upgraded since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was ratified over 30 years ago. Additionally, the projects consider current and future modes of transportation (including autonomous vehicles) in order to envision a future where all mobility modes harmoniously coexist. This amounts to a near-complete retrofit of the core campus landscape, thus implementing the master plan and ushering in a more equitable and inclusive future.
Through an inclusive planning process, the University of Wyoming Campus Master Plan generated a shared vision for the future of its Laramie campus. The plan reflects its mission and identity as the only public higher education institution in the state; is rooted in place; modernizes the campus to meet the needs of future generations; complements and physically translates the strategic plan, Breaking Through; carefully stewards resources; and articulates goals and principles for physical planning that aid decision-making and project prioritization.