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Landscape as Laboratory

Office of Cheryl Barton

Project description

Stanford University’s new satellite campus embraces nature-based solutions for stormwater, biodiversity, climate change, and human health. Predicated on a green infrastructure approach, O|CB developed strategic solutions to severe technical challenges including existing flooding, a high water table, threat of sea level rise, recycled irrigation water with unusually high salt and chemical content, and compacted, expansive, alkaline clay soils. This climate adaptive ‘landscape laboratory’ features a 7-acre linear public greenway along which courtyards, dining spaces, plazas and bioretention gardens weave a tapestry of cultural and natural systems. The campus invites local residents to take advantage of outdoor work spaces with wi-fi and outlets, a 2.4 acre public park, and the quarter-mile greenway loop path through undulating topography and groves of olives, oaks and other adaptive species.

Project details
Location:Redwood City, California, USA
Studio NameOffice of Cheryl Barton
Lead designerCheryl Barton
Design teamPaul Sieron, Todd Mead, John Pearson, Darren Graffuis, John Rabago
Photography creditsPhotos 2-7: Millicent Harvey
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