A campus public realm, at its best and most successful, expresses a collective aesthetic that has the potential to strengthen the University of Lethbridge’s identity and enrich the University experience for students, faculty and staff. These spaces occupy both exterior and internal areas and should be an accessible and connected network of diverse public spaces which serve precincts and afford opportunities for public uses at a variety of scales.
Often these spaces are considered to be quadrangles, patios or plazas, atriums and more intimate spaces adjacent to primary circulations routes or vistas. Successful public spaces don't require an event in order to be well utilized or successful but they do require the interaction of people.
In a winter city region, many of our exterior public realm spaces are contingent on the environmental qualities of their place and are affected by solar exposure, seasonal climate changes, orientation and location along primary paths.
Environmental Design is a field of architecture that considers this breadth of criteria to realize effective public spaces that enhance environments, improve safety and create public engagement.