The University of San Francisco was founded in 1855 as St. Ignatius Academy, officially becoming USF in 1930. The Jesuit University is home to more than 10,000 students in the school year that started in fall 2015. INTERSTICE Architects, headquartered in San Francisco, was called upon to reconfigure the landscape of the new John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation (CSI), named after the late president and chancellor of the University. Breaking from a century old tradition of landscape subservient to buildings, the design deployed foundation plantings around “buildings-in-the-landscape.” This radically integrated design solution placed over two-thirds of the new building below ground, comprehensively redefining the existing central Harney Plaza as a high-performance, bi-level rooftop landscape connecting interior and exterior space.
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University of San Francisco: Transforming the John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science and Innovation
Urbanization has been a remarkable phenomenon over the last few decades and it affects millions of people. It entails problems, directly or indirectly, from the rapid growth of population such as the concentration of population and high levels of congestion (persistent problems for poverty and inequality) and that carry additional economic, social and environmental costs.
The exterior of Dinand Library has seen many new changes this year, including the construction of a rooftop garden and the addition of two art installations in the library’s exterior spaces. The garden is now open for use and a joint dedication of the installations was held for students, alumni, Holy Cross and extended community members on April 20.
The new building also includes a green roof therapy garden, a forum for lectures and events that can accommodate seating for 260 guests, and an assisted daily living simulated neighborhood with an apartment, grocery store and streetscape.
Belvedere College’s innovative new Urban Farm project which was created this year as a horticulture and school based project consisting of an indoor GROWlab greenhouse and a rooftop growing area, is going from strength to strength. The urban farm offers students the opportunity to grow crops, farm fish and cultivate fungi while also learning about plant life cycles, green technology, and sustainable farming practices.
The Commons enables SCU to evaluate sustainable components that may be used in upcoming capital projects. This building demonstrates that sustainability responds to community, environmental, and economic needs. Green roof that supports live planting – Updated FAQs about removal (March 2015)