In responding to the need for redesign, a site inventory and analysis of the quad was undertaken during the fall of 2016. The process included observation, historical and precedent research, and student interviews. After synthesizing all of the data and information about the quad, the concept of Reacquaintance was born. The design aspires to renew the intended relationships between LSU students and the land upon which they study, work, and play. Using the original campus plan by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. as the narrative palette, the actualized campus plan by Theodore Link as the canvas, and the user design as a positive constraint, we can craft a symbiotic composition that reconciles history and the rift between man and nature.
The "Ag Pad"
relaxation space with sugarcane and orange tree plantings to reflect the agricultural lowlands. It includes tree box seat walls and a hammock structure designed and maintained by the School of Architecture. Students can enjoy the peace of a less circulated area in the quad while being reminded of the university’s deep seeded agricultural history. Agriculture faculty and students will also use the space for outdoor learning purposes.