Thomas Edward Bliska III
Ana He Gu
Zephaniah Robert Ruggles
"We're hoping to alleviate traffic congestion while creating interaction between visitors and residents."
The (title of roundabout thing) rejects the idea that a city must prioritize cars or pedestrians, not both. The layered roundabout creates an unforgettable 3 minute experience for a driver coming along Ivy Rd, Emmett Street, Alderman Road, or University Avenue. In place of a tedious and often lengthy wait at the various intersections, a tour through this once congested area offers the chance to drive alongside the tree canopy, experience new views of Charlottesville and the surrounding mountains, and to exit the (title), park one’s car, and experience the site as a pedestrian. Because the automotive traffic is now raised, the ground plane becomes liberated. Pedestrians and bikers can freely cross underneath, above, and alongside trains and traffic. Faster access to and from Barracks Rd shopping center, John Paul Jones Arena, the sports fields, central Grounds, Rugby Rd area, and the first year dorms becomes a reality. The freed ground becomes home to 3000 students with the addition of 17 student residential buildings. The apartments are targeted to upper level undergraduate and graduate students offering 800 square foot apartments per three inhabitants. University Hall transforms into a community and student oriented center with parking, commercial, and library space. Along Ivy Park, another row of commercial spaces with underground parking provide resources for students as well as draws in community members. With the (title) drawing visitors in and around this mixed-use space and the liberated ground plane drawing in the local community, the University community will become more approachable. Additionally, the daylighting of Ivy Creek provides backbone for which the park system is built on and residents, locals, and visitors will have quick and easy access to nature.