Thompson + Pollari

Circle T Ranch Sustainable Community Plan
The “Linear City”

Circle T Ranch Sustainable Community PlanThe “Linear City” proposal generated by Ms. Pollari’s team in the UC Berkeley landscape studio is structured by a continuous “main street” along which are located four different neighborhoods.  The neighborhoods are anchored by specific civic institutions including the Sustainable Ranch Center, the Town Hall, the Elementary School and the Theatre. Each neighborhood is centered around an intersection of the Main Street and a Park Boulevard, which provide connection to the sweeping freeway system and the open space of the ranch site.  A public use is located at the end of each Park Boulevard, relating to each of the neighborhood nodes.  The uses include a pathway to the Overlook site on the Hill, the Public Park at the Lake, the Recreation Center and the Experimental Gardening Plots Center.  The Community Plan is anchored conceptually and physically by the Sustainable Research Center which will consist of a main research building and core research facility, with research components dedicated to research of “green” technologies for business, industry, agriculture, transportation and education.

The landscape studio called “Reshaping the Urban Edge” is an annual multi-disciplinary masters level course within the Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley.  The studio seeks new alternatives for development at the urban edge that are socially, ecologically and aesthetically informed. The Fall 1993 studio focused on development of the two thousand acre Circle T Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Completion

Fall - 1993

Key Design Concepts

  • Adaptabilty and reliance on sustainability
  • Conservation of resources
  • Continued sound functioning of local and regional biotic communities
  • Linkage of social and ecological goals
  • Attention to the need for economic and political health

Recognition

10-week CAL Berkeley landscape  studio project funded by the Alliance Development Corporation of Fort Worth Texas;  MIT and UT Austin studios were also funded