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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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Managing Risk on Campus

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When I first started seeing the phrase “enterprise risk management” pop up in higher education literature, my reaction was one of skepticism. It seemed to me yet another idea of limited value that someone had created a label for, to make it seem more important than it really was.  Although some of that skepticism remains, I find myself increasingly in sympathy with some of its basic tenets, particularly in relation to preparing for risks arising from operating conditions, natural disasters and poor planning.

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Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize

Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Call for the 2013 Perry Chapman Prize is live through May only. Respondents are asked to address the question: 
How does the physical campus support instit…
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SCUP will soon publish the monograph, "Research on Learning Space Design: Present State, Future Directions," by Susan Painter, Janice Fournier, Caryn Grape, Phyllis Grummon, Jill Morelli, Susan Whitmer, and Joseph Cevetello. This team received the 2012 Perry Chapman Prize to support their work.


From the introduction to the report from the 2012 recipients:


"Although several hundred articles and a number of books on these topics had been written by the fall of 2012, the field is still at an early stage of development. A first step in creating value from this existing body of work is to gather, summarize, and evaluate how far the field has come in identifying the elements that will allow us to thoughtfully design learning spaces and evaluate their impact. This was the purpose of the project being reported here: a literature review undertaken by a small group of researchers and campus architects/planners who had applied for and been awarded a small grant from the Perry Chapman estate, administered through the Sasaki Foundation in honor of M. Perry Chapman and administered by the Society for College and University Planning."


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, May 7, 2013 2:41 AM

Library spaces - "The researchers used mapping exercises, student-gathered photographs, surveys, interviews, and design charrettes. Their findings paint a detailed picture of students’ study lives that has implications for institutions that want to make the library relevant to those lives: 

Students are highly scheduled and on the go all of the time. There is no “average” day for a student. Academic, social, recreational, work, volunteer, and personal activities are all in the mix and each day is different. They eat on the go and carry their belongings with them, although they don’t carry their laptops. Students’ schedules are “offset” from librarians’ schedules. Students study in the library, at home/in their dorms, and in the computer lab. They use computer technology throughout the day and in multiple locations.

 The researchers also reported results from the design charrettes that show student needs and preferences:

Flexibility: spaces that meet a variety of needs. Students want to move easily among the spaces. Group and individual study areas are important, as are spaces to relax, a café, and computing and media viewing areas.   Comfort: spaces that provide comfort and have a “family room” atmosphere. This includes easy access to coffee and food, natural light, and an environment with soothing textures, sounds, and great warmth. The space should support sitting, slouching, putting one’s feet up, and lying down.  Technology: technology and tools should be intuitively integrated into the space. This includes high-end technology such as media players, smart boards, and plasma screens as well as low-tech items such as power outlets, staplers, and three-hole punch tools.Staff support: Students rarely made distinctions between the types of staff they needed in the library; rather, they expected to interact with a generic staff member who would be able to provide reference assistance, check out materials, answer IT questions, and brew a great latte. There were very few mentions of a reference or information desk. Librarians cannot assume that they know how students do their academic work or what they need.Resources: students included library materials in their designs, ranging from academic and reference books to leisure magazines and DVDs.  " Ackn. SCUP
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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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Study: Green Space Means More for Satisfaction Than a Neighborhood's Average Income

Study: Green Space Means More for Satisfaction Than a Neighborhood's Average Income | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
How strongly people's mental health and life satisfaction correlated with their proximities to parks and gardens
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Of course.

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For Fun: M.C. Escher Drawings brought to Life via 3-D Printer by Israeli Professor

For Fun:  M.C. Escher Drawings brought to Life via 3-D Printer by Israeli Professor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Interesting, especially if you know little about 3-D printing.

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Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’

Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We quote, from The Bangor Daily News: "Now, to add insult to injury, The University of Maine, Presque Isle — anybody here been up there to see that damn windmill in the back yard? Guess what, if it’s not blowing wind outside and they have somebody visiting the campus, they have a little electric motor that turns the blades. I’m serious. They have an electric motor so they can show people that wind power works.


Unbelievable. And that’s the government that you have here in the state of Maine."

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Asked about this curious claim, the University spokesperson’s first response was to literally laugh out loud. There is no motor. The project is actually a success story for the university, and for Maine. This was the first mid-sized turbine installed by a university in the state, has a 600 kilowatt capacity, and has produced 680,000 kwh worth of clean electricity in its first year. That’s $100,000 off the University of Maine at Preque Isle’s utility bill, and 572 tons of CO2 not burnedinto the atmosphere.

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Campus Sustainability Day

Campus Sustainability Day | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Celebrating sustainability in higher education
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Wednesday, October 23. Plan something!

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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.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

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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Mohammed Larhzal Sté Batizal's curator insight, May 6, 2013 5:36 AM

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A Tale Of Mice And Medical Research, Wiped Out By A Superstorm : NPR

A Tale Of Mice And Medical Research, Wiped Out By A Superstorm : NPR | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work.
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Campus Resilience—When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work. The specialty animals can be very difficult to replace, but researchers say the loss of animal life is emotionally devastating and difficult to get over.

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9 Materials That Will Change the Future of Manufacturing [Slide Show]: Scientific American

9 Materials That Will Change the Future of Manufacturing [Slide Show]: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Researchers are developing cutting-edge foams, coatings, metals and other substances to make our homes, vehicles and gadgets more energy efficient and environmentally friendly
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Oh, boy, so much change coming at us.

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Getting 3-D Printing and Next-Generation Manufacturing to the Factory Floor

Getting 3-D Printing and Next-Generation Manufacturing to the Factory Floor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The White House’s budget promises millions of dollars to build a solid foundation for additive manufacturing
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There are several areas where the process could be improved, provided the government’s money is well spent: In addition to speeding up the procedure, manufacturers need to make sure these printed products are consistent from one assembly to the next. They must also develop ways to make more complex, detailed and multi-material objects. Still, with additive manufacturing on the national radar—and, more importantly, in the budget—it’s only a matter of time before most parts are printed rather than carved out of raw materials.

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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.  

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

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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