Lauren McClellan

Permeate: Exchanges between Campus and City II

This is a proposal for the first gateless university campus in Mexico and it is sited in downtown Monterrey. The campus design departs from the hypothesis of a campus typified by boundaries and isolation. Instead, it integrates into and engages with the existing urban environment. The elements composing the campus include: 1) an infill building; 2) a courtyard building; and 3) a high-rise building—each recast with the identity of the campus district. They enable the flexible use and systematic growth of the university while respecting and revitalizing the character of the district.

The campus is comprised of a collection of courtyard buildings that disperse through the urban fabric. They work in conjunction with an infill system that maintains the district perimeter block typology. The infill engages formally and programmatically with the city, accommodating commercial and university programs that are inviting to the public. The courtyard buildings contain more privacy and offer environments for “inwardness” in an otherwise “outwardly” motivated campus.

The campus entities permeate the urban fabric and anchor it to a proposed pedestrian street ring that connects the Alameda Park to the Santa Catarina River. The pedestrian street ring works in conjunction with a sub-system of inner-block pathways that loop university buildings together.

About The Designer

Lauren McClellan, originally from Vancouver, Canada moved to the United States to earn a degree in civil and environmental engineering at MIT. She fell in love with the design elements of the field, which drove her to earn another bachelor's degree in architecture. She is now in her final year of the M.Arch degree program at the Harvard GSD.