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A Design Revolution That Could Lift Humanity

A Design Revolution That Could Lift Humanity | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press).In iconic nature scenes, one shape is ubiquitous: the tree.
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Mathematicians categorize fractals by their density (D) on a scale of 1 to 2, 1 being a flat line and 2 being complete fill; environmentally, the open ocean approximates D=1, while a thick jungle approaches D=2. Experiments by physicist Richard Taylor and others repeatedly reveal that a large majority of people (94 percent in Taylor’s experiments) prefer a density around 1.3 or 1.4, which matches acacia- and savanna-like images, including the abstract diagrams from the Wise experiment. The theory is that a preference for these kinds of fractal images is genetically imprinted at a density we associate with the optimal environment for survival--too sparse means not enough sustenance, and too dense means not enough opportunity for surveillance. Using eye-tracking techniques, Taylor also has shown that we tend to scan our surroundings with a fractal pattern approximating the preferred density, even when that pattern doesn’t exist in the visual field. We seek out the desired imagery everywhere we look.

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2013 Perry Chapman Prize Call for Submissions Now Open Thru May Only

2013 Perry Chapman Prize Call for Submissions Now Open Thru May Only | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Question: "How does the physical campus support institutional missions of learning and engagement?"


The 2013 Perry Chapman Prize call for submissions will be open through May 31. Proposals are expected to address the question: "How does the physical campus support institutional missions of learning and engagement?" A research prize will be awarded to the winning proposal. More information can be found at www.scup.org/perrychapman.

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This has a very short application window, basically the month of May, so pay attention at once if you are interested. Ten thousand dollars a year could come in handy for the right project.

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SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day Conference

SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"More than ever before, community colleges are the "front door" to higher education, and student housing needs must be addressed in new ways with new partners for students to be able to succeed."


- Dr. Jan Rogers, Vice President, Student Affairs, Columbus State Community College.  

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Register now for the June 13 one-day SCUP regional conference at Columbus State Community College: 


The Affordable Student Housing Challenge:
Meeting Student Housing Needs at Community Colleges and Two-Year Regional Campuses

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The Tale of Three Campuses: A Case Study in Outdoor Campus Assessment

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The author, Ericka Eckert, of Kent State University, published a related article in Planning for Higher Educationlast year: "Assessment and the Outdoor Campus Environment: Using a Survey to Measure Student Satisfaction with the Outdoor Physical Campus Space."

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Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning: S. Ehmann, S. Borges

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"Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and spaces that support progressive and collaborative models of acquiring knowledge. In addition to new interpretations of traditional places for learning including kindergartens, schools, universities, libraries, and educational centers, the book also features commercial buildings whose architectural innovation is redefining our understanding of what it means to develop professionally in offices, corporate headquarters, conference rooms, convention centers, and laboratories. Also included are more experimental projects such as flexible, informal, and temporary installations and exhibits that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium."

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March 7, Emerging Forces in Campus Planning @ U South Florida

March 7, Emerging Forces in Campus Planning @ U South Florida | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

March 7 at the University of South Florida.


Pre-registration deadline tomorrow!


Emerging Forces in Campus Planning


SCUP and the University of South Florida (USF) are hosting an exciting one-day symposium on the USF campus in Tampa. Building on the energy from last year’s one-day symposium, we will analyze several west coast Florida campus master plans, then get the pulse from a panel of leaders from major Florida institutions of higher education, including: University of Florida (UF), University of Central Florida (UCF), and University of South Florida (USF). To add to the energy of these dynamic leaders, we have reached out to a group of faculty who will discuss the impact of planning for today’s student and student success from the academic point of view.


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Learning Outcomes:


  1. Identify how an institution can continue to improve the campus environment for its students, faculty, and staff through strategic decisions and with limited funds.
  2. Assess the campus planning and sustainability practices of other selected institutions.
  3. Evaluate the benefits of new high tech teaching environments on the learning process.
  4. Describe how evolving pedagogy and student success affects teaching and learning environments.
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Satellite city for 80,000 people to be built near Chengu, China

Satellite city for 80,000 people to be built near Chengu, China | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Work is about to start on a high-density, car-free "satellite city" for 80,000 people close to Chengdu in China.
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Wow. "The city’s perimeter is defined by a clear edge, from which the city center can be reached on foot within 10 minutes. An extended recreation system connects the pedestrian network to trails that run through the green buffer and surrounding farmland. The infrastructure and public-realm networks include electric shuttles, plazas, parks and links to the recreation system. As a primarily pedestrian city, only half of the road area is allocated to motorized vehicles. All residential units will be within a two-minute walk of a public park."

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The ultimate town vs gown

The ultimate town vs gown | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
  When you think of the many times when you walk in the streets of Oxford in a state of boisterous intoxication at night, you can imagine that there must be a local resident or two being woken...
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Town and gown battles going back 658 years.


"[S]tudents nowadays are much gentler than those of yesteryears. A look back at history will reveal the extent of the open hostility between town and gown. This Sunday marks 658th anniversary of the riots of St. Scholastica’s Day, where many students and locals died. The trigger of the riots was a dispute between two students and a taverner on 10th February, 1355. The two students, named Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chestefield, were having a drink at Swyndolnestok Tavern, near the corner of St.Aldate’s and Queen Street. The quality of the wine was not up to their standards, and when the students decided that verbal insults were not enough, they literally poured their dissatisfaction onto the taverner John Croidon by throwing the liquid in his face. The conflict escalated when Croidon got assualted by the students."

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Anne Bosworth's comment, February 14, 2013 12:49 AM
Try reading that first sentence aloud without taking a breath.
Eliane Muret's comment, February 18, 2013 5:31 AM
I think the right verb in the last sentence is... assaulted
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The Overview § Gates of Harvard Yard

The Overview § Gates of Harvard Yard | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

From the majestic Johnston Gate to the striped Dexter Gate and its oft-quoted inscription, “Enter to Grow in Wisdom,” the iconic portals that enclose Harvard Yard are as much a part of the Cambridge experience as Georgian cupolas silhouetted against the sky and rowing shells skimming over the Charles River.

The gates represent a legacy of enormous  value, one that reflects the talents of their architects, the vision of Harvard’s leaders and the generosity of the university’s graduates, from a Wall Street financier who successfully defended the America’s Cup to a fellow of considerably more modest means who pledged $2 for the Class of 1889 Gate—to be paid in two installments.

Yet the the gates are not widely appreciated, especially by the students who scurry through them. And their complete story—a tale of wealth, power, artistic vision, institutional and personal ambition, love and human tragedy—has never before been fully told.

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This is truly superb. A just-held, week long Nieman class at Harvard, the subject of which is, collectively, Harvard's 26 gates. Beautiful photographs and beautiful writing. We're sure many SCUPers will love this resource.


"Harvard has every reason to be proud of its gates, an extraordinary collection of architectural gems. Yet many of them could use a little buffing and a lot of TLC. We hope the publication of these essays will lead to a broader appreciation of the gates’ history and design—and a new resolve to treat their distinguished legacy with the care and respect it richly deserves.

—Blair Kamin 
Chicago Tribune architecture critic and 2013 Nieman Fellow"

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Anne Bosworth's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:51 PM

An interesting and worthwhile read...

Rogier Warnawa's curator insight, March 20, 2013 7:45 PM

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'Hindsight–Foresight: From the Founding to the Future of Five Ivy League Campuses' reviewed by Barbara S. Christen

'Hindsight–Foresight: From the Founding to the Future of Five Ivy League Campuses' reviewed by Barbara S. Christen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The reviewer, Barbara S. Christen, is an architectural historian who received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She lectures, writes, and consults on the history of campus planning and has published widely on the work of Cass Gilbert and other topics. In her work about Gilbert, she has studied his master plans in depth for Oberlin College as well as two land-grant institutions, the University of Minnesota and The University of Texas at Austin.

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The key point of the review, which has also been noted in other reviews of this book is:


The real strength of the book lies in its typological approach and the value of the comprehensive campus building lists and regional maps charted over time.

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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, February 1, 2013 3:41 AM

campus planning, academic environment

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Four finalists for Kent State's new architecture school building design

Four finalists for Kent State's new architecture school building design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Whether out of caution or bureaucratic complexity or institutional inertia, KSU has ended up with four design proposals that collectively fail to create the big buzz such a big project deserves - but the Weiss/Manfredi concept is a clear winner.
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Effective Campuswide Digital Signage Communications

Effective Campuswide Digital Signage Communications | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"By implementing a system that is both reliable and scalable, we have also experienced significant economies of scale with regard to resources for networking, system infrastructure, security, disaster-recovery, software licensing, training, and support. We can now conduct strategic campus-level initiatives concerning UBC branding and emergency broadcasting with confidence. From a content perspective, there is now more uniformity and consistency to our branding message—thanks to a centrally managed system where units also can easily syndicate content across the entire network."

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Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building

Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building, by Nathan F. AllemanL. Neal Holly, and Carla A. CostelloPlanning for Higher Education, v41n2 (2013)

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Download it now through next Friday in the Planning for Higher Ed Mojo.


"Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building," by Nathan F. AllemanL. Neal Holly, and Carla A. CostelloPlanning for Higher Education, v41n2 (2013)


  • We have a way for every kind of learner to learn from this knowledge piece. You can read the article itself. 
  • Or you can watch, listen to, or read a transcript of our Planning interview with the authors: watch that interview, listen to or download that interview (MP3), or read that interview. 
  • Or you can read a summary of the Planning interview in the form of a blog post with questions.


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Stunning Laser Scans That Could Help Us Reuse Aging Buildings Better

Stunning Laser Scans That Could Help Us Reuse Aging Buildings Better | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
No, these are not renderings.
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Fascinating.

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Mold Man's comment, May 1, 2013 7:41 AM
Everyone is always coming up with innovative ideas about using old building. Most of these people are ignorant of the real problems with old building and why people do not belong in them. MOLD, MOLD and more MOLD.
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Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise

Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Daylighting and ramps are, indeed, good design — respectively, they save building owners money by conserving energy and allow access to people with disabilities. So is centrally locating a generously sized grand staircase that encourages able-bodied people to walk rather than ride an elevator — it could be one of the key weapons in the battle against obesity.

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With regard to active design, SCUP member Jim Kalvelage of Opsis Architecture is quoted: "Some of it we do naturally — it's kind of how we think about stuff. I can think of a lot of great examples of what it means in terms of the interconnection of indoor and outdoor space, or the design of stairs that make you want to go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. One of the very first recreation centers I worked on was a two-story building on a sloping topography, so it used a ramp to move between floors so that people were actually interacting with the building instead of coming down an elevator."

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Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Member Briefing Materials—Campus Resilience

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You're going to hear a lot more about the term "reslience" in the coming years. Here's an inside look at how Homeland Security views resilience of higher education institutions and their communities.

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For Making the Most of College, It's Still Location, Location, Location

For Making the Most of College, It's Still Location, Location, Location | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
If college were merely about the "sale of information," the enterprise would have gone the way of Borders a long time ago.
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One of our favorite writers, Scott Carlson, examines place, libraries, and campuses, and concludes:


"People who predicted the death of the library made the mistake of thinking that libraries were merely useful for information distribution—an understandable error, given that libraries' central role involved passing around books and journals. But pundits now make the same mistake when thinking about the college campus. If college were merely about the 'sale of information,' the enterprise would have gone the way of Borders a long time ago."
 

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SCUP Member News

Glenn Carels, architect at LPA, Inc. in Irvine, CA, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

Russell Davidson, president of KD&G Architects in Mount Kisco, NY, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow.

Jennifer Devlin-Herbert, principal at EHDD Architecture in San Francisco, CA, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

Turan Duda, partner at Duda/Paine Architects, LLP in Durham, NC, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

Gordon Gill, partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago, IL, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

Craig Hamilton, principal at Cannon Design in Los Angeles, CA, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

James LaPosta Jr., principal and chief architectural officer at JCJ Architecture in Hartford, CT, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

Susan Pruchnicki, principal at Bond Architects, Inc. in Clayton, MO, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

Walter Schacht, vice president at Schacht Aslani Architects in Seattle, WA, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

George Shaw, partner at LMN Architects in Seattle, WA, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

Cynthia Walston, principal at FKP Architects in Houston, TX, has been named a 2013 American Institute of Architects Fellow. (02/2013)

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These SCUP members have all been recently recognized as Fellows of the American Institute of Architectws.

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The 21st Century Campus Paradox - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

The 21st Century Campus Paradox - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Many worry that traditional higher education is over valued yet also believe that there is something of lasting worth in the shared experiences of campus life…
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This is the paradox of the 21st century campus:  feeling the need for “campus” while technological and pedagogical realities are moving higher education away from the campus.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s comment, February 19, 2013 9:46 AM
Very good read.
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Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition | UMass, Dartmouth

Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition | UMass, Dartmouth | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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"Wrestling with Rudolph: Changing an important complex by a major (but difficult) architect poses both dangers and the chance to keep his work alive."
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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in higher education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.


'Campus leaders and practitioners across the world use the report as a springboard for discussion around significant trends and challenges,' says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. 'The biggest trend identified by the advisory this year reflects the increasing adoption of openness on and beyond campuses, be it in the form of open content or easy access to data. This transition is promising, but there is now a major need for content curation.'"

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We eagerly await each year's version of this great report. Haven't read this year's yet, but it's high on our list. What do you think of the 12 emerging technologies?

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Christine Bauer-Ramazani's curator insight, January 7, 2014 4:09 PM

excellent readings for my CALL course

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Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building

Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

You can now download the article, "Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building"—but only until Thursday night. Download it now!

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Citation: "Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building," by Nathan F. AllemanL. Neal Holly, and Carla A. CostelloPlanning for Higher Education, v41n2 (2013)

We have a way for every kind of learner to learn from this knowledge piece. You can read the article itself, above.


Or you can watch, listen to, or read a transcript of our Planning interview with the authors: watch that interviewlisten to or download that interview (MP3), or read that interview


Or you can read a summary of the Planning interview in the form of a blog post, with questions.

Design your own Personal Learning Experience in our cMOOC. Please share your thoughts.

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College as Country Club: Do Colleges Cater to Students' Preferences for Consumption? (PDF)

College as Country Club: Do Colleges Cater to Students' Preferences for Consumption? (PDF) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This paper investigates whether demand-side market pressure explains colleges’ decisions to provide consumption amenities to their students. We estimate a discrete choice model of college demand using micro data from the high school classes of 1992 and 2004, matched to extensive information on all four-year colleges in the U.S. We find that most students do appear to value college consumption amenities, including spending on student activities, sports, and dormitories. While this taste for amenities is broad-based, the taste for academic quality is confined to high-achieving students. The heterogeneity in student preferences implies that colleges face very different incentives depending on their current student body and the students who the institution hopes to attract. We estimate that the elasticities implied by our demand model can account for 16 percent of the total variation across colleges in the ratio of amenity to academic spending, and including them on top of key observable characteristics (sector, state, size, selectivity) increases the explained variation by twenty percent.

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An excellent read. As well, the related Inside Higher Ed story by Scott Jaschik, The Customer is Always Right, includes some good analysis and reaction to this paper by other higher education experts such as Jane V. Wellman, a Planning for Higher Education contributor.


For The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scott Carlson writes this up as What's the Payoff for the 'Country Club' College?

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Anne Bosworth's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:13 PM

What else can they do when we've collectively created a culture that insists on college for anyone who wants a good job? Businesses often use a college degree as a tool of exclusion, so more and more people want one. Mix this in with the wider issues of consumer culture, the change from college as intellectual exercise to college as vocational training, and our increasing culture of entitlement and I'd expect nothing but increased demands upon colleges to meet student "appetites."

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Trends Report: New facilities enhance the quality of campus life

Trends Report: New facilities enhance the quality of campus life | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Institutions of higher learning are investing heavily in new facilities—student unions, dining facilities, residence halls, and the like—that address the non-academic side of campus life.
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The Higher Education Market Remains Strong— The Chronicle finds that states’ funding is up a bit, mostly. Moody’s doesn’t think much of higher education in 2013. What to think? In “Trends Report: New Facilities enhance the quality of campus life,” Building Design + Construction magazine lines up with The Chronicle, and finds that “for AEC firms, The higher education market remains strong.”

To come to that conclusion they spoke with many SCUP members, some of whom were quoted in the report, such as Kate Diamond, principal with HMC Architects, James Goblirsch, vice president with HGA Architects and Engineers, Craig Hamilton, principal with Cannon Design, David Hatton, vice president with Stantec, John Jokerst, senior vice president with Carter & Associates, Dan Malecha, senior project manager with McGough Construction, and Luke Voiland, architect with Shepley Bulfinch.

This debate is also being shaped by multiple cultural factors. The advent of social media now means that learning can take place anywhere and everywhere, says David Hatton, Vice President in the Philadelphia office of A/E giant Stantec. “There’s out-of-the-classroom, social experience learning in terms of leadership and how students get along with one another.”


Much of a student’s success is tied to socialization and having community space to get to know and interact with peers, says James Goblirsch, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Vice President at HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis. This change in the nature of higher education is impacting the design of new residence halls, many of which now provide study areas and learning spaces in addition to sleeping quarters.

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