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Historically, the college campus is organized around a central ‘Yard’ or evolves over time as a result of development and expansion. West Chester University is a product of the latter, growing to meet needs and curricula of the last 150 years, and doing an admirable job. Most of the walkways are accessible; there are large student gathering spaces; the Campus is open for public enjoyment; housing and recreation opportunities are varied; parking is ample for commuters, and a robust canopy of trees covers much of the Campus. The campus of the future is envisioned as a very different place, still centered on the movement and gathering of students, but providing far more opportunities for learning and socializing. The campus must be integrated with the surrounding neighborhoods and the environment as it plays a crucial role in the development of young adults. Most importantly, the campus must be able to adapt to the rapidly changing face of higher education. The goal of this Landscape Master Plan is to synthesize the human performance and active ecology of the Campus. West Chester University Campus landscape has the bones for developing into the future. The semi-urban environment allows for ease of movement throughout the campus while still providing areas for socializing and interacting with existing natural and social systems. Landworks Studio and Biohabitats, with the help of the entire University have teased out the important features of the Campus and developed a direction for continued enhancement that will lead West Chester University forward in achieving their stated mission, vision and values.

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