Chalmers Campus Johanneberg

As indicated in previous stories from us, Chalmers campus in Johanneberg is an interesting urban space now under development. To understand the campus better and open the scope for possible development opportunities, the SPACE have in the first sequence of the project been investigated.

Starting the investigation of the campus space of Johanneberg it was important to understand the current usage and function of different parts and areas of the campus space. Therefore, a mapping of the usage patterns and flows of pedestrians, cyclists as well as autonomous vehicles/robots was carried out. This mapping helped us to undertand and define key nodes and spaces on campus which are interesting to further define and analyze. The first draft made is based on personal experience, data gathered as well as input form research projects on the topic.

First mapping of flows and usage of Johanneberg Campus

The first mapping resulted in some clear discoveries. The flow and “load” on campus is very much centered towards Chalmers Tvärgata located in the middle of campus. This space works as an important transport section, social hangout and with a main entry/exit to campus. This intersection will also be an important pathway for for the future inhabitants of today’s parking lot at “Chalmersparkeringen”.

We could also see that the end point, Sven Hultins plats is an interesting node as it is a clear entry/exit point currently undergoing a lot of change that is not utilized to a very high extent at the moment.

A third area interesting in the first mapping presented above is the area Chabo. It’s an area very centrally located in the area with a big transport lane connecting the central and south part of campus. It is also an interesting node as it entails several interfaces between different typs of environments, office space, residential space and educational space.

After creating the initial mapping, the 3 spaces elaborated on were chosen as spaces for further analysis.

A: Chabo

B: Chalmers Tvärgata

C: Sven Hultins plats

In order to enable an interesting further analyze, a comparison of the different physical parameters of the nodes were used. The purpose of the parameters defined is to describe the users experience in an area. As a first step to define physical parameters, an overall ambition/goal for the campus space was formulated in order to have a general direction for the project as a whole.

“Chalmers as a natural community in the interconnected city”

This goal was the leading direction when understanding the challenges of the current design of campus Johanneberg and the corresponding physical parameters.

Purpose centered

Cold and non-inviting

Determined movement patterns

Non-diverse user group

With physical parameters defined, a simple matrix was used to enable a better understanding of the important components of each node as well as a comparison between the nodes.

Node evaluation matrix defined

The matrix and the poster representing the nodes and the different physical aspects of these spaces shows interesting indications on how the development can be steered in order to get a more interactive and integrated campus. We think that a balanced combination of natural light, traffic density, social space, possible pathways to choose from and an appealing feel to the space is fundamental. If a combination of these parameters is achieved, the campus will feel like a more integrated part of the city where everyone feel invited, inspired and safe.

Hej! We are the group 1 from Chalmers’s course Track105: Design of sustainable infrastructure and urban transformation.