Ramapo Master Plan
Mahwah, New Jersey
A study into the contemporary structure of the campus
Using Ramapo College, in the wooded hills of Northwest New
Jersey as a case study, research was made into the contemporary form of the
campus. Tracing its origins to medieval England, the American campus has always
embodied both the urban utopia as well as the epistemology of a time. The
proposal for a contemporary masterplan diverges from current thinking to project
a campus organized around discrete, coherent environmental zones defined by
inherent features of the land, the existing buildings, and proposed built and
planted insertions. The zones become refined in geometry, though not orthogonal,
but negotiated between experienced views, site layers, and academic programming.
Thus, the structure of the campus, the paradigm for knowledge, becomes the
adaptive, psychological structure formed by the memory and interpretation of
each individual, traversing the university with an individual log of experiences
and priorities, but a shared commonality of experiential elements or zones.