In addition to their teaching function, the new performance venues within the Arts and Transit Project will host University-produced performances and other activities that will be open to the public. Combined with the existing McCarter and Berlind theaters, the neighborhood will become a vibrant cultural destination for the region.
While the numerous arts and performance venues will be used heavily throughout the year by students and visiting lecturers and performers invited by the University, community groups will be invited to partner with the University to provide both collaborative and independent programming to activate the public plazas and the indoor performance venues.
Restaurants, cafés and other public amenities will support the needs of visitors, while also appealing to faculty, staff and students, as well as to the many riders of the Dinky and other transit services in the area.
These spaces will not all be housed in a single large structure but in a village-like cluster of buildings, compatible with the scale and texture of the surroundings, and interspersed with plazas and landscaped open spaces following traditions of campus and town planning in Princeton. The buildings will be designed by a variety of architects, establishing a diversity of architectural expression within a coherent whole created by the neighborhood planning framework.