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 This option studio examines the role of the academic institution as a driver of an intermediate scale urban project. The studio will focus on how the campus, conceived as an open canvas for architectural and urban experimentation, can serve as a generator of new spatial relationships between institution and city within the Purisima Alameda District in downtown Monterrey (Mexico).  For 2016, the Universidad Regiomontana (U-ERRE) has agreed to construct the first gateless university in Mexico. With the implementation of a new institutional model, the campus must reframe the relationship between the spaces of the academy, the neighborhood, and the city at large. A fresh institutional perspective, paired with significant investment in the university’s campus, has an enormous potential to completely rethink the Purisima Alameda District and in doing so transform it into a new university city model for Monterrey and beyond.  Taking this new institutional development initiative as a point of departure, the studio will explore the agency of architecture and design in shaping a new campus—all in an effort to construct new spatial formats that can help us rethink the space of the experimental campus for the 21st Century University.     -
 The existing university campus buildings occupy urban blocks to different extent. how the existing university campus engages in the fragmented blocks from north to south. which invisibly creates a tendency on direction that students are moving. Due to the safety issue the campus is gated, so the movement of students is internalized.
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 The variation of the way how new buildings eat up the block is basically based on the level of publicity at streets on east-west direction. The new campus is remained in the periphery within 5 minutes’ walk. Program distribution along the spine shows how educational space, public amenity and domestic space is arranged into the site. Including university campus, market-rate housing, retail and catering, dormitory, rental office and commercial complex.
 The new corners largely benefit the district by their flexibility of adapting themselves to specific existing situation as a respectful response as well as their feasibility of being co-developed by multiple sectors and architects in sequent periods of time. The articulation of groups of L shape buildings is identified by introducing diversity of programs into the corner with the use of architectural elements to define the public space distinctively.
 The overall strategy in urban scale is zoomed into multiple particularly architecturalized moments to show the quality and potential of the project, through hybridized program, exterior to interior open space and architectural materiality and structure as ways of expression. The variation of corner condition on section facilitates me to think the buildings not in mass and volume of programs but in many ways how people are moving in the exterior void along corner is more important in order to determine the interior space and program.
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