Shozhod Public University
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And never has the following been more true:
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Per the third of the redevelopment goals, the entire university system in the Syldav Union was getting a major upgrade. Shozhod, which lacked a major public university, was chosen as the site of the new flagship campus of the new national public system.
The location chosen was a mix of removed freeways and underused industrial sites. This industrial sector of Shozhod had a 47% vacancy rate. The government sponsored the moving of active facilities to underused lots and bulldozed the rest.
This photo shows the redevelopment area.
The center of the campus is marked by a 35-story tower, making it one of the tallest university buildings in the word. President Alexander Swift called the tower "A representation of the new urban reality; a testiment to the growth, inclusion, and improvement of the Syldav Union."
Alexander Swift at the groundbreaking of Shozhod Public University.
The university's center plaza, with the library to the right.
Shozhod Public University is graced by a natural stream. Dozens of these streams existed in Shozhod 100 years ago. But most of these streams were buried as the city grow.
The university is the first of many daylighting projects planned for Shozhod.
The student center (right) includes eateries, an entertainment center, and spaces for student government and clubs. It also houses the auditorium and administrative functions. Note the natural stream feeding the new fountain in the center of the roundabout.
Students from all over the Syldav Union have access to the university: this is not by mistake. Unifying 4 nations after decades of war and mistrust is no small task. It was felt that education the nation's best a brightest from all corners under one roof could ease the transition long-term.
The university is highly transit friendly. You may have noticed the tram stop in the center of the university's plaza.
A block away, an existing, dilapidated train station was renovated for the university. The ram line bends under the road and train tracks to an underground station. Students can also enjoy the historical and now-renovated Metro Theater and the newly build Stantine Media Center, which boasts arcades, bowling allies, restaurants, and a theater.
Across from the Stantine Media Center, at the foot of the campus, stand five eateries. These are actually old buildings from about 3 blocks down. They had to be moved for the redevelopment, but were moved, in full, to the foot of the campus.
Business is good. All those late nights at the library (right) create some hungry students.
The Shozhod Public University Redevelopment Area, in full. You can see some construction is still ongoing, and the tram lines have a way to go before completion.
But what was once a forgotten corner of town is now a major hub.