The planning process, properly applied, provides a general guide for future development while allowing flexibility to
incorporate unanticipated changes in academic needs and space requirements. A framework approach to planning will allow
incremental decisions that are consistent with long-term planning strategy.
Effective planning will provide a rational means to manage change and will allow optimal use of physical and environmental
A campus environment that is convenient, safe, and provides appropriate and desirable surroundings to stimulate the mind,
body and spirit in the pursuit of academic excellence is important in attracting talented students, faculty, and staff.
Planning that provides accessibility for all students and fosters independence of mobility will both support existing
students, faculty, and staff, and attract a broader base of campus participants.
Planning for future needs in a manner that conforms to desirable natural and cultural characteristics of the existing
campus will create visual continuity and distinctive campus identity over time.
Traditional roots and connections with the past can be protected by preservation of buildings and outdoor spaces of
historic, cultural, and aesthetic value. The Pentacrest, its surroundings, and the view corridors that frame it,
representing the beginnings of the University and campus development, must be preserved and protected.
Just as the Pentacrest represents development of the campus from a historical perspective, so does the Iowa River from a
natural environmental point of view. Preserving and enhancing the river, topography, vegetation, and natural aesthetic
they create is important to creating and maintaining a "sense of place" that is The University of Iowa.
New campus development, such as academic, housing, parking, etc., are not inherently incompatible and can reasonably
coexist if properly designed to minimize conflicts.
Planning for future utility needs and advancements in communications technology is a necessary component in efficient and
orderly campus development.
Planning that embraces environmental responsibility and energy conservation is integral to responsible stewardship of all
A variety of architectural styles adds visual diversity to the campus. However, diversity turns to chaos unless
architectural individuality is in harmony with adjoining structures and in context with the balance of the campus.
Preservation of significant historic and natural features and open space is essential in preserving the campus
environment. As a unique natural feature, the Iowa River must be protected and enhanced at every opportunity.
Appropriate location of new buildings and land uses can create a unified campus that operates efficiently and is
convenient for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors.
By careful planning, land uses dependent upon each other for enhancement of individual benefits, can be located in
proximity to each other. Some areas must be reserved adjacent to existing facilities for expansion of those facilities
and for new uses dependent upon them. Areas important for preservation of natural and historic values must be reserved.
To accommodate unanticipated changes in academic needs, it is essential that land uses be planned for flexibility to meet
future space requirements with minimal disruption.
Compatibility of University development with surrounding neighborhoods can be achieved by carefully evaluating and
responding to needs of the University and the neighborhoods.
Certain structures, open spaces, and other campus elements must be preserved because of their intrinsic historical and
Open space, the space between structures, is in itself an important land use in providing an atmosphere conducive to
academic pursuits. Interconnected open spaces can provide "pathways" for safe and efficient pedestrian movement
throughout campus. The connected open spaces are an important element in creating an overall campus community and
identity by unifying the diverse architectural styles of the campus buildings.
A pedestrian-oriented campus can be promoted by minimizing intrusion of vehicles into campus and keeping general
vehicular circulation to the campus periphery, recognizing that bus service, emergency, and service vehicle access
and access for those with disabilities must be provided.
A pedestrian-orientated campus does not eliminate vehicles, it simply gives priority to pedestrian routes and
subordinates vehicle systems. Drop-off areas, loading spaces, or short term parking in specific locations provided
within the pedestrian-oriented campus context ensure access and consistent monitoring and enforcement maintains
Giving priority to alternative modes of transportation, such as bicycles, buses and even motorcycles, over the automobile
will promote a pedestrian-oriented campus. When conflicts occur between different modes of transportation, priority should
be given to pedestrians, bicycles, buses, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles in that order of priority.