Landscape Master Plan

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The Landscape Master Plan is part of the Master Plan that creates unique vision at Georgia Institute of Technology. The Master Plan collects data, performance standards, and design tools that can provide the Landscape Master Plan process with an outline of the plan. It establishes sustainable goals, which is the Master Plans overall idea, with creativity and innovation.


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The 'Master Plan'

Master Planning at Georgia Tech is an overall plan that will make this institution have better environment for students, faculty, and staff. The Master Plan contains four different kinds of categories such as Land and Building Use, Vehicle Circulation and Parking Goals, Transit Goals, and Open Space and Pedestrian Circulation Goals. The subject of each goal is designed to build up campus environment for academic, athletic, and social life that actually surrounds and engages us in everyday life.[citation needed]

Goals and Objectives

There are three major goals for the Landscape Master Plan. First of all, the plan should contain the development of ecologically-based landscape that can provide a 50% reduction of storm water entering the sewer system. The second major goal is to develop landscaping that can provide better living, working, and learning spaces for the students, faculty, and staff. Finally, the last goal is to show unified campus vision and to get unique vision of Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Objectives for Landscape Master Plan are divided into four different kinds of categories, Energy and Atmosphere, Water, Vegetation, and Human Design; these categories set up the basic achievements for Landscape Master Plan. The first category, Energy and Atmosphere, basically encourages less pollution around the campus for a sustainable campus environment. The only problem in the Water category is with storm water. As one of the three goals suggests, the goal is to reduce the consumption of potable water for non-potable uses. In addition to the water system and atmosphere, the third category is Vegetation, or plantation, which can provide for both better air and water quality. It suggests a plan to increase the coverage of trees around the campus and to reduce lawn areas. Also, the campus should have more biodiversity and total biomass that compost landscape waste on campus. Finally, the Human Design contains the requirements such as more variety of outdoor spaces for outdoor activities and people in general.[citation needed]

Overview

The concept of the Landscape Master Plan has two different landscapes: ecological landscape and human landscape. This is not just about the buildings and views around the campus, but it is more about an environment that can provide better life on the campus. Therefore, all the open spaces are the main part of the plan that has to develop over time.

As the city of Atlanta formed with more buildings, concrete roads, and citizens, the original characteristics of the region changed, and Georgia Tech is no exception. There is more storm water entering the sewer system, less trees and plants, less biological diversity, more climate change, and more air and water pollution. Even though these facts are part of urbanization, their results on campus are extremely different than what was on Georgia Tech campus.[citation needed]

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