MNLA MNLA

Smith College Landscape Master Plan

Sector

Campuses

Services

Landscape Architecture, Master Planning

Client

Smith College

Location

Northampton, MA

Status

Complete

Completion

2021

Site Area

190 acres

MNLA has completed the development of a 20-year Landscape Master Plan for Smith College, a private women's liberal arts college.

 

This master plan will guide the evolution of Smith’s outdoor campus landscape to meet current and future challenges while manifesting the College’s values, educational goals and strategic priorities. The 2020 Landscape Master Plan establishes an overarching philosophy for the landscape by recalibrating the relationship between humans and their environment, grounded by four foundational landscape themes: inclusive, adaptive, educational, and connected.

 

The Smith College campus is comprised of three distinct districts, River, Core and Town, each with its own distinct character and shaped by unique history, locality, ecology, and cultural influences. The landscape master plan seeks to accentuate what is most important about each district, while maintaining a cohesive campus feel.

 

Four landscape systems form a matrix within the campus and connect it to its regional context. Circulation, land cover, hydrology, and cultural systems are the mutually dependent networks that ground the Smith campus landscape.

 

The Landscape Master Plan values performance of the landscape over a particular aesthetic. Implementation Guidelines were developed to provide a methodology to achieve an inclusive, adaptive, educational, and connected campus landscape.

 

Following the completion of the Implementation Plan, several projects were developed to a detailed level.  Pilot projects can be implemented quickly to demonstrate and test transformation of spaces that herald longer-term initiatives, while priority projects invest in the future of the campus landscape by implementing meaningful projects that address multiple guiding principles of the Landscape Master Plan.

 

MNLA provided opportunities for the Smith community to express their thoughts during each step in this process through robust on-campus engagement sessions, interactive student projects, and Groundswell Magazine, an innovative online resource designed and implemented by MNLA. It has been used to both inform the community and alumnae of the project’s development and to collect their feedback and comments.

 

01 goals 800 0x0x1390x926 q85
Smith slideshow images page 01 1400 xxx q85
1 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 02 1400 xxx q85
2 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 03 1400 xxx q85
3 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 04 1400 xxx q85
4 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update5 1400 xxx q85
5 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 05 1400 xxx q85
6 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 06 1400 xxx q85
7 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 07 1400 xxx q85
8 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 08 1400 xxx q85
9 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 10 1400 xxx q85
10 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update12 1400 xxx q85
11 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update13 1400 xxx q85
12 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 11 1400 xxx q85
13 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 12 1400 xxx q85
14 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update16 1400 xxx q85
15 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update17 1400 xxx q85
16 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update18 1400 xxx q85
17 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update19 1400 xxx q85
18 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 15 1400 xxx q85
19 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 16 1400 xxx q85
20 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update22 1400 xxx q85
21 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update23 1400 xxx q85
22 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update24 1400 xxx q85
23 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update25 1400 xxx q85
24 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
2021.08.09 lmp executive summary for website update26 1400 xxx q85
25 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml
Smith slideshow images page 17 1400 xxx q85
26 / 26
image/svg+xml
image/svg+xml