The Clemson Transit Hub provides a unique opportunity to develop the third and final node along College Ave, driven by its strategic location and in one of five major guiding principles for healthy community development as identified in the initial Urban Design Phase Exploration.
This was a four week charrette to establish test these principles of a healthy master plan against the zoning codes with gestural suggestions of design. By providing transit as a “portal”, residents and students are able to connect to downtown and the greater context of the city in a healthy way -- promoting options for all transit users to safety walk, bike, carpool or bus and easily exchange these means in a central, landmark location.
This “Gateway” generates movement; links interfaces between various nodes of transit and fosters connectivity with place making and identity. This design further utilizes the unique conditions of topography to further weave the relationship of a now-disconnected site with its surrounding context.
Bridging the gaps through key design moves, this design seeks to provide a sense of place through a super-graphic, green screen wall, provide continued movement by bridging pedestrians over and HW123, and improved flow around the railroad through infrastructure changes linking neighborhood streets to commercial avenues. By elevating the program, dynamic urban spaces are created both above and below the plaza.
The rough program for the site established opportunities for a transit station organizing and correlating bus, train, pedestrian, vehicular and cycle traffic to be woven around a hotel and mixed use facilities with a parking structure.
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