Calatrava Unveils Vision for USFP Campus

Santiago Calatrava USFP PresentationAt a meeting with the University of South Florida System Board of Trustees this morning, Dr. Santiago Calatrava unveiled his vision for the USFP campus.

I’m going to link to a few screen grabs I made, but you’ll need to watch the full video. Until then you can see his presentation one hour into the Oct. 27, 2009 meeting.

Calatrava led the audience through his background, his previous designs, and the metamorphosis of his plan for the University of South Florida Polytechnic campus.

Santiago Calatrava USFP Presentation Calatrava explains how the shape of the land, the image he saw there, and the human shape started his thoughts on the campus design.

Santiago Calatrava USFP PresentationCalatrava displays two of his campus designs and what each design attempted to accomplish.

Santiago Calatrava USFP PresentationTwo further refinements for the campus plan.

Santiago Calatrava USFP PresentationA study of an option for the water’s edge on the central campus lake.

Santiago Calatrava USFP PresentationGraceful bridges over the central campus lake.

Full set of Calatrava presentation screen grabs.

Update: Fixed Board of Governors to the correct University of South Florida System Board of Trustees. Thanks for the note, USFP.

4 thoughts on “Calatrava Unveils Vision for USFP Campus

  1. Anybody know how USFP can afford one of the world’s most renowned architects? Wonder if it was driven by the idea of the school trying to match Fla. Southern’s architecture with a world class design of its own.

  2. Anybody know how USFP can afford one of the world’s most renowned architects? Wonder if it was driven by the idea of the school trying to match Fla. Southern’s architecture with a world class design of its own.

  3. Knowing a bit about how things went with the selection process, I can say that the RFP was put out there with a particular budget in mind. All of the architects had to keep within that budget with their ideas and presentations. Fundraising continues as USFP moves toward the process. As far as “matching” FL Southern’s architecture, I doubt that this was where the original plan came from. The concept of designing a university with a polytechnic model in mind was the motivation for seeking an architect to meet the expectations for a modern look that will last forever.

  4. Knowing a bit about how things went with the selection process, I can say that the RFP was put out there with a particular budget in mind. All of the architects had to keep within that budget with their ideas and presentations. Fundraising continues as USFP moves toward the process. As far as “matching” FL Southern’s architecture, I doubt that this was where the original plan came from. The concept of designing a university with a polytechnic model in mind was the motivation for seeking an architect to meet the expectations for a modern look that will last forever.

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