RoTo Architects worked with Arizona State University on a vision plan for the West Gateway of the ASU campus in downtown Tempe. The 10 acre site is charged with being both a connector to the city, a gateway to the campus and an extension of the existing campus network pathways.
ASU University, originally conceived as a campus with conventional boundaries, is being re-conceived as an embedded part of the city, in every way: physically, academically and culturally. The objectives of this vision plan, undertaken at the request of the President, were several:
-To hybridize civic and academic facilities and uses
-To create an active '24 hour' live-learn-work environment
-To create an academic “Free zone,” to stimulate transdiscplinary projects and learning-teaching.
The College of Business, Fine Arts and Architecture, will be intermixed with civic and commercial activities. The creative process of programming, design, and quantity surveying was seen as a prototypical model of the new initiatives of trans-disciplinary intra-collegiate working relationships.