The University of Washington Campus Landscape Framework (CLF) takes the rich diversity of the 760-acre urban campus as inspiration for its methodology. Rather than starting with planning principles that eventually guide landscape design, the CLF principles are drawn from specific circumstances. Difficult moments are identified, analyzed, and explored through the lens of landscape architecture as case studies to illustrate the campus’ larger challenges and inform landscape principles. The 15 CLF case studies are proof-of-concept designs that are revelatory and bold but sketched only in the broadest strokes.
One of the most important tasks of the UW’s CLF is to give voice to a landscape that is universally loved, but also taken for granted. The project celebrates the inspiring nature of the landscape, while also highlighting the urgent need to steward its future; it is an analysis, and a call to action. The CLF reveals the historic Seattle Campus landscape to be a complex living system, constantly changing through time, and gives the university tools, both practical and visionary, for managing that change.
Although this design to planning approach is unorthodox, it is supported by landscape imagination, input from the campus community, and a detailed understanding of campus systems. Resisting standardization, the CLF celebrates the UW campus landscape as a richly varied mosaic of landscape types, all of which contribute to its present and future excellence.
Campus Landscape Framework