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How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space

How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A break from the bustle of the city can do your mind good, recent research shows.


Interesting research at the University of Michigan demonstrates better memory retention from talking a walk to clear one's head; and much better retention from talking a walk in a park.

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Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration

Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A longitudinal ACUHO-I residence hall assessment finds that student community needs beefing up, and this slide set presentation speaks to dining centers becoming community centers.


ACUHO-I will be joining us this fall during the Campus-Space MOJO. Will you?

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Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration

Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A longitudinal ACUHO-I residence hall assessment finds that student community needs beefing up, and this slide set presentation speaks to dining centers becoming community centers.


ACUHO-I will be joining us this fall during the Campus-Space MOJO. Will you?

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Construction Communications: Getting the word out about new buildings on campus | University Business Magazine

Construction Communications: Getting the word out about new buildings on campus | University Business Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP welcomes University Business intern, Jordan Mills, and her observations about how space changes are/should be communicated to students.


Jordan! We want you to engage with us in our #CampusMOJO!

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From Dining Hall to Community Center | A Presentation from the 2012 ACUHO-I Conference

From Dining Hall to Community Center | A Presentation from the 2012 ACUHO-I Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Worth a look. Note that this fall's SCUP Pubs Campus-Space MOJO will visit student housing as a topic from October 27–November 7. Please join us, it's free.


"Longitudinal studies of the ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment indicate that satisfaction with personal space and dining services has improved while personal interaction has declined. Since personal interaction is the top predictor of a student's perception of the effectiveness of the residence hall and an important component to student development, it is vital that programs better understand and work to improve personal interaction. We propose that getting creative in the use of the dining facility could promote student interaction.


Research [was] presented showing the trend of declining personal interactions. Linking research to practice, representatives from a large dining program will discuss how they turned their dining centers into community centers where students come together for events, movies, and special programming. They also have "random acts of food" popping up around halls and events centered on interaction. Come to this program to learn about national trends, learn from a very creative dining operation how they?re supporting student interactions, and brainstorm other ways that dining facilities can be used to help promote student interaction."

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'Campus mapping is going through an adventurous phase.'

'Campus mapping is going through an adventurous phase.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"What is fascinating, however, is how rarely universities use maps of themselves except as straightforward representations of what is there: surely a peculiar omission when one thinks of the number of geographic and geolocational facilities that universities have and the way that maps have become a crucial part of everyday life (think only of all the mapping apps that are now available covering topics as diverse as running and the location of aeroplanes in the sky), as well as a bulwark of numerous economic and social institutions (think of the way in which electronic maps are being used in the U.S. electoral campaign, for example, or are being used as means of identifying the warp and weft of customers, as in the Carnegie Mellon project Livehoods."

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ptolemy's comment, July 5, 2012 11:49 AM
about time that Universities begin to understand the dynamic rather than static value of maps and the different uses that they can be put to - especially with planning and communication. GIS is a powerful tool for this that a few campuses have been using with remarkable success. Also a great tool to work with communities on. Would be good to see this trend get more traction!
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Icon or Eyesore? | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Icon or Eyesore? | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.

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Green Building's Growing Pains

Green Building's Growing Pains | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The proliferation of green building standards and evaluations mean more choices about which program to prioritize:


"[T]he very success of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has propelled the nonresidential marketplace into a broad debate over how best to define and verify a building’s 'greenness.'"

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Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building

Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts plans to break ground for a new $38 million residence hall building in June 2012, with  fast track construction to be completed by July 2013.  This Green building was designed by Boston-based ADD Inc. to meet LEED Certification standards, and will be built by Daniel O'Connell's Sons of Holyoke, Mass. This residence hall will be WPI's fourth LEED-certified building. 


The building's design celebrates the work of Michael Faraday, a British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who lived from 1791 to 1867. Faraday is widely credited as being one of the most influential scientists in history.


Also under construction is a new parking garage featuring the first "rooftop fields" in Massachusetts. The garage will feature rooftop athletic fields for softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, and a variety of other recreational activities. That new facility is projected to open in January 2013, and will include sustainable features such as stormwater recharging, energy efficiency, an electric vehicle charging station, and the use of materials with recycled content; the very nature of the project is an important example of sustainable development in that the land is being used for two purposes under one footprint."

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Regis College wins ruling from Supreme Judicial Court in fight over retirement community - The Boston Globe

The city did not want to recognize an educational exemption for the college's planned retirement community. However:


"The college says its Regis East project would be an educational facility, where the residents, 55 and older, would be required to take at least two courses per semester. The housing would also create internships for Regis students in gerontology and social work."


The college just won.

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Master Planning to Solve the Puzzle of Residential Life | College Planning & Management

This author, Julia Nugent of HMFH Architects, is a SCUP member:


"A residential master plan also informs overall campus planning because it addresses such a significant portion of an institution’s buildings. It allows a more thoughtful approach to campus projects, so that a new science facility is not competing with a first-year community for university funds, building sites, and attention. And finally, an effective plan supports programmatic decision-making on campus, allowing leaders to look at their institution as a whole and focus on areas that need attention. If, for example, a university concludes that it must offer a first-year experience that bridges the transition from home to campus life, then it may need to reconsider placing freshman in three residence towers near the athletic complex because smaller housing communities are reserved for juniors and seniors. Here, the residential master plan would help by articulating the current system, how existing facilities could be used differently, and what new construction might be integrated into the campus fabric to achieve these goals.

It can be easy to be lulled by the expediency of repairing buildings each summer as issues come up, when the overall condition of residential facilities should be considered. Replacing bathroom fixtures in Residence X because it will reduce water consumption is good, but in a residential master plan, university leaders can see how Residence X fits into the entire campus and whether Residence X, new bathrooms or not, meets student needs and the overall residence life program."

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Learning Disabled Students Welcome | University Business Magazine

A nice review of leading-edge practices aimed at being inclusive:


"The learning problems for these undergrads range from ADHD and dyslexia to dyscalculia (the dyslexic equivalent of dealing with mathematics). Students receive ongoing, often daily support to navigate the regular college curriculum, with an emphasis on individualized learning techniques.


For generations, untold numbers of people with these very disabilities, many without knowing they had them, have attended and graduated college and pursued successful careers. But, experts in the field say, even greater numbers may not have made it to—or through—an undergraduate career.


Academic resource centers, study skills help, and accommodations such as untimed tests are commonly offered but don’t go far enough for students with LD, Strichart says. “Those resource centers are set up for the general college population and usually have no personnel to work with a special needs population,” he points out. 'You’re not getting specialized tutors or people certified in learning disabilities.'"

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Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine

Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Jonah Lehrer’s new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, is not a design book, but it does have important implications for workplace designers. In his best-selling look at the science of creativity, the author talks to the likes of Milton Glaser and Harry West (the CEO of Continuum), studies the songwriting process of Bob Dylan, and visits Pixar Animation Studios and the 3M campus—all in search of what makes individuals and organizations capable of deep insights, eureka moments, and wild leaps of the imagination. Drawing on his extensive research for the book, Lehrer shared with us his ideas for the ultimate creative workplace."

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Anatomy of a campus construction project

Anatomy of a campus construction project | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An examination of the University of Akron's newest residence hall, and some of the planning that took place to make it happen.


"The days of bond-funded campus buildings and two-dimensional architectural drawings are drawing to a close at many public universities. The money, for now, is available through public-private partnerships, and plans are made in three dimensions, making for an easier sell to top decision makers.


Campus construction, particularly residence halls, starts with projections meant to keep a college or university years—sometimes decades—ahead of student demand. Those projections, once passed along the campus’s chain of command, tell the mathematical story: We’ll need more dorms, or we won’t.


That’s how it started at the University of Akron (UA), a 220-acre campus with 29,000 students."

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Wide Differences Found in Large Buildings’ Power Use

"The first comprehensive study of energy use by New York City’s largest buildings shows some to be power hogs, using up to five times as much electricity, natural gas, heating oil and steam as others of comparable size or purpose. And there is ample room for improvement.


Full report here, on the planNYC website.


The report ... estimates that if poor-performing buildings in the city improved their efficiency and reached just the median level of energy use in their categories, the city’s energy consumption would decline by at least 18 percent and greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 24 percent."

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Residence Halls | Take An Inside Look | University Business Magazine

This UB initiative, to be published in November, fits well into the SCUP Pubs Campus-Space MOJO.


Please respond to UB's call, and load their November issue up with lots of good stuff to match the three articles in housing coming your way in the October–December issue of Planning for Higher Education.

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N.Y.U. Expansion Plan Wins Final City Council Approval

N.Y.U. Expansion Plan Wins Final City Council Approval | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A vigorous town and gown discussion went before this:


"By an overwhelming 44-to-1 vote, the Council approved a series of zoning amendments, permits and map changes that will allow the university to erect four buildings that together will add a skyscraper’s worth of classrooms, dorm rooms and office space to a leafy 12-block parcel occupied by two university apartment complexes — Washington Square Village and Silver Towers — south of Washington Square Park."

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Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American

Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Duke University researchers are developing a mobile app that uses WiFi antennas, cellular radios and other detectors to guide smart phone users...
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Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine

Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We asked the author of Imagine:How Creativity Works to help us envision a more perfect workplace environment—one that draws on the lessons of neuroscience, architecture, and city planning to foster innovation and ingenuity.

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Ohio State Gets $483 Million Bid for Parking Lease

Ohio State Gets $483 Million Bid for Parking Lease | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"“We can’t go on raising tuition forever. We’re looking at all our assets and asking, ‘If they’re nonessential assets, how can we turn them into revenue?’ ”


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LEED 2012 Development | Meet the new LEED v4 | USGBC

"In response to overwhelming feedback from our members, core LEED users and engaged stakeholders, USGBC announced today that it will delay ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013. Because of this date change LEED 2012 is being renamed LEED v4.


Why the change?


This change is 100% in response to helping our stakeholders fully understand and embrace this next big step. We intend to do everything we can to ensure that the market is ready for LEED v4 because it represents progress on both carbon reduction and human health improvements.


We feel it is our obligation to our loyal users to fully build out the credit documentation, forms, and education prior to rating system ballot. Therefore we've decided to delay ballot on LEED v4 until June 1, 2013 (or potentially sooner)."

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ACUI The Commons - The Coming of the Second Campus Living Room at the University of Texas–Austin

ACUI The Commons - The Coming of the Second Campus Living Room at the University of Texas–Austin | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Brief planning story from Cecelia Lopez of UT-Austin:


"By voting in support of the referendum to build the SAC, students agreed to pay a $65 fee per semester to fund the costs of the $48 million construction project.


The University broke ground on the SAC in January 2009 and opened its doors in January 2011, providing 149,000 square feet for students to meet, study, and socialize, and creating an additional cultural, academic, and social hub for campus. The SAC stayed true to the idea of “modus operandis” behind college unions, that which suggests student self-government with staff aid. The SAC involved students from day one, engaging students in choosing wall colors, and furnishings, and participating in design meetings with architects."

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Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Fun, and good:


"Last weekend I went to Target to do a little Mother’s Day shopping and I walked into a branded environment. I’ve written about this before for television and social media, but this example was implemented in a physical space.


Let me backup and say that renovation is in the air at Virginia Tech and I’ve been studying/observing a variety of retail experiences—from service transactions to the display of merchandise to wayfinding to in-store traffic patterns. I’ll share more in a future post, but I think that there is a lot that libraries can learn from commercial enterprise in terms of moving people through space and grabbing their interest along the way."

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Autonomous Vehicles and the Parking Bubble: No More Parking Lot Construction?

Autonomous Vehicles and the Parking Bubble: No More Parking Lot Construction? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[R]ight now depending on how you count we have somewhere between three and eight parking spaces per car. If the cars don't need to sit idly waiting for you until you want to leave (imagine a world of cheap, ubiquitous taxis) that number is going to become totally ridiculous. After exploding for about 60 years, the torrent of parking construction is going to halt very suddenly and then start shifting into reverse."

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