Mario Delgado S Outline

I would like it to be more of a "New Yorker" style write-up, with additional documents/plates.

Mario Delgado's Chapter

The Lehigh University Asa Packer Campus

  1. History of layout
  2. Design
  3. Expansion/improvements

The 3 campuses

  1. Mountaintop/Goodman History
  2. Pose Question: what is the emotional relationship between these 2 campuses and the main campus?
  3. No emotional response- does act of driving cause the disconnect?

University’s physical confines- the mountain

  1. How does change of elevation change mood?

Connecting the Mountaintop Campus with the Asa Packer

  1. Landscape modification
    • aka slope reduction.
  2. Addition of sidewalks and ramps, not more stairwells
  3. Traffic engineering
  4. Building development
    • Residential or academic, or both?
    • Merits

All this had many factors thrown in- which means any new development academically or residentially would mean a rapid campus expansion that has many financial factors

  1. Tuition
  2. Campus residences
  3. Classrooms
  4. Faculty
  5. Etc.
  6. Etc.

All in all, what does this analysis/proposition mean?

  1. Campus has a disconnect: expanding up the mountain and connecting our other campuses requires us to also expand our entire university.
  2. This is also progress- creates a better campus environment that bridges gaps between academic communities that deserve more interaction than at their current state.

1st Page:
Lehigh University is situated alongside the slope of South Mountain, a small mountain whose peak is 900-1000ft above sea level.
What are the merits of a campus on a hill? Did Asa Packer have the vision of an elite campus that overlooks the less successful Lehigh valley?
When experiencing the campus at ground level, the sharpness of the climb is much more apparent.
Physical exertion over a 300foot gradient is required to make it from the bottom of the Asa Packer campus to the Mountaintop campus. The basic roadway structure accommodates only the automobile, even at that, we psychologically remove the thought of comfortable pedestrian accessibility by making the speed limit 40mph.
Where does the psychological factor tie in campus planning? Everywhere. The basic well being of a student depends on the method of transportation up the mountain. Bus or car? Happy student. Hiking it up to Sayre Park? Worn out and tired.
Is there a model that we can use to measure energy exertion/well being of a student in certain areas on campus? An evaluation of this model will point out points where architectural solutions can be implemented to mediate the loss of energy. Could we apply this over the entire campus, bring our stress levels back down to a nominal level? In turn, we will also be able to create a smooth, friendly transition to our other campuses.


Mario- You pose a good question. I am not sure the exact impact of the elevation and mood, but I can tell a difference just in not having to walk up to Sayre as opposed to Warren, let alone both Goodman and Mountain Top. Another interesting thing is to relate this to the bus and T.R.A.C.S system, how their availability (or limited availability) leave these two alternate campuses either more or less isolated than normal.


Looks really cool especially the part about mood and elevation (Does that go along with the emotional disconnect people feel while driving?). How do you envision the interaction between the Packer Campus and Goodman campus? Aside from the athletic fields, there is also some graduate student housing at Saucon village. Do you think they should be incorporated more into the main campus?


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