Kent State University sought to create an Intergenerational Village that would provide diverse housing options within a small university town setting. The Intergenerational Village would take advantage of the site location between a single-family neighborhood and campus amenities, such as the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
The master plan envisions an environmentally sustainable, socially diverse community that is well-integrated into the City of Kent and Kent State University both physically and programmatically. Our design team’s interpretation of Kent State University’s needs created a community where residents of all ages and backgrounds, marital status and household size find equitable housing and adjacent amenities.
Three neighborhood enclaves are linked to the heart of the neighborhood, Central Park. Each Enclave contains amenities that are similar to one another, but remain unique based on their locations and orientation to the site. Pedestrian oriented green spaces create intersections of connectivity, where users can cross paths with people from different demographics and backgrounds.
Two main north-south greenways connect the majority of the neighborhood. Arc Drive penetrates the heart of the neighborhood and connect Campus Center Drive to the Rec Center. Embedded in the neighborhood to the west, a spine of smaller green spaces provide connectivity and abundant opportunity for activity within the enclaves.