Since its creation in the nineteenth century, the Fort Garry Campus has transformed its clear and strong axial structure in a sum of units of different sizes and shapes that have blurred the original order. The ancient and harmonious coexistence between nature and construction, agricultural fields and roads, landscape and architecture, has suffered the erosion of disordered growth. The project for the re(generation) of the Campus of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg is an extraordinary opportunity to recover the lost values of the past and propose a rich and imaginative vision of the future where man and nature coexist in a friendly way again.
The future campus will be a place free from the domain of private cars, in which public space is conceived as a scenario for the people. It will be a compact and dense area, in which nature and landscape will merge with the architecture, where the architecture will be part of the ecosystem of nature and nature an integral part of the campus. It will be an extensive and diverse place where each one of its precincts will develop a unique identity, offering a specific and recognizable atmosphere. It will become a place to live and work, and where it is possible to enjoy and experience of active and healthy life in a physical and social environment rich for its variety and sustainable for its design.
The Dafoe Street becomes a restricted traffic street. Its pavement is transformed into a continuous and flat surface, without curbs. It preserves its most valuable trees and a new double row plantation is projected on the north side. The surroundings of the Administration Building and the Duckworth are unified in a single meadow that reduces and reorders the presence of cars. Finally, the character of Curry Place is enhanced with the incorporation of a new welcome centre building. It is a linear piece that accompanies the historical axis of access, and it is designed as a large greenhouse where students meet, rest, take a coffee or work in an informal atmosphere.