The Landscape Master Plan establishes the vision for the campus landscape at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a major component of the SmithGroup/JJR 2015 update to the 2005 Campus Master Plan, this serves as the first landscape master plan for the university, marking a significant milestone in its history. Focused on fully utilizing the spaces between the buildings, the plan determines an overall vision for growth of the campus landscape. Design guidelines, landscape standards and maintenance guidelines are established for campus. Most importantly, the plan creates a framework of guiding principles for landscape architects and planners to ensure the cohesive integration of future expansion projects.
The vision for the campus landscape is defined by three big design moves which will both preserve and enhance the quality of the open space across campus, including celebrating the Historic Central Core, strengthening cross campus connections and establishing a Near West campus green district. These concepts further develop the character of the campus districts while improving connectivity on campus. As part of each of these interventions, enhancing both visual and physical linkages back to Lake Mendota is a primary goal.