University of Cincinnati
glaserworks was selected by the University as architect of record to work with Hargreaves Associates, the University Master Planner, to coordinate the work of three signature design firms – Gwathmey Siegel (Tangeman Center), Morphosis (Recreation Center) and Moore Ruble Yudell (Student Life Center) in the production of a unique urban artifact: the open space at Main Street.
Main Street is formed of an arc of approximately one thousand feet in length and which descends more than sixty feet in elevation between its ends. The street is surfaced with pavers and is punctuated by terraces, stepped walls, lighting, signage, seating, and landscape. At its narrowest this street is about thirty feet wide and its walls sixty feet high. The street level is lined with a bookstore, shops, eateries, classrooms, a computer lab, the campus newspaper, and Nippert Stadium. Perhaps the most challenging and complicated aspect of this project goes unseen, and that is the coordination of the underground utilities going to the different buildings.
Main Street has transfigured the heart of the University. It has become the primary artery of student travel across campus.
Main Street is terminated at each end by the East and West Open Space projects, also designed by Hargreaves Associates and for which glaserworks was also architect of record.