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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.


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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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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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Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interesting interview:


"KH: Your most recent report, and the subject of an upcoming conference, is international branch campuses (IBCs). What are the factors driving the growth of IBC's?


WL: The main drivers identified in our 2009 were: access to a portion of the international student market that do not wish to or cannot afford to study abroad, the revenues associated with that new market, prestige: visibility as an international institution with global ambitions, opportunities for student and staff mobility between campuses, international teaching experience for academic staff, ability for academic staff to maintain research output while working abroad, increased knowledge and understanding of other cultures on the home campus opportunities to develop new curricula, access to local institutions, including government and industry, a competitive edge in the international higher education market. To these we can add what might be a deciding factor in many cases: financial support from the host government. There are governments, notably in east and southeast Asia, that see IBCs as an integral part of their ‘regional education hub’ aspirations."

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2012 SCUP Excellence in Planning Merit Award to Universidad de Istmo, Guatemala

2012 SCUP Excellence in Planning Merit Award to Universidad de Istmo, Guatemala: "Universidad del Istmo, Guatemala for Universidad del Istmo Master Plan with Sasaki Associates, Inc."

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SCUPers on Tour at the Air Force Academy, May 4

SCUPers on Tour at the Air Force Academy, May 4 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Tour of the US air force academy in Colorado Springs, CO, on May 4. Topic of symposium: "Developing Integrated Campus Master Plans to Match Changing Higher Education Imperatives."

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Steven Holl Architects Unveils VCU Institute for Cotemporary Art at Meulensteen Gallery

Steven Holl Architects Unveils VCU Institute for Cotemporary Art at Meulensteen Gallery | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Steven Holl Architects have just unveiled Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art.
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New York U.-Led Consortium Wins City Backing for Research Institute - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

New York U.-Led Consortium Wins City Backing for Research Institute - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Yet another one:


"NYU and the consortium had bid for at least some of the $100-million the city offered but sought a different site, the 460,000-square-foot former headquarters of the New York City Transit Authority, at 370 Jay Street in Brooklyn. But as it did with the Roosevelt Island site—to the chagrin of Stanford University, which abruptly walked away from its bid, complaining that the city was being unfair—New York City exacted a price for the use of its property.


NYU will be responsible for up to $60-million of the costs of relocating police- and transit-authority equipment now housed in the building. NYU will also be expected to complete the renovation by the summer of 2017 and hold the first classes there by September of that year. The city said NYU would receive $15-million worth of unspecified 'benefits'to help offset its development costs in Brooklyn."

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Help Wanted: University Partnerships to Expand What’s Out There | The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Help Wanted: University Partnerships to Expand What’s Out There | The Cultural Landscape Foundation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

TCLF seeks partners--professors and students of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture:


"What these university partnerships achieve, which is difficult otherwise, is a density of content in a particular city, region, or state. For example, Douglas’s Research Methods class generated almost fifty new landscape entries, all within 150 miles of Baton Rouge. Sites range from the iconic Oak Alley Plantation outside of New Orleans to lesser known gems like Windrush Gardens, the former garden estate designed by Steel Burden and now owned by LSU. And similarly for Way’s UW students, What’s Out There will grow to include more than 30 new entries, from Richard Haag’s Gasworks Park to several parks identified in the Olmsted Brothers’ plan for Portland, Oregon. In the coming months, each of these new entries will be posted with photographs and text created by the students and vetted in-house at TCLF.


We want to know What’s Out There! If you would like more information on how to participate, whether as a professor or a student, please contact Courtney Spearman at courtney@tclf.org."

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Four-fifths of UK institutions set to spend at least £5m on estates ‘wow factor’

32 percent are considering large-scale commercial "tie-ups' and 43 percent do not believe they are making good use of current space.


“Students are being asked to pay more than ever before for a university degree. That means they expect a quality of experience that reflects the high price they are paying.


'In order to remain competitive, universities are therefore looking to deliver modern facilities that have the ‘wow factor’ while also encouraging more efficient and collaborative use of space.'"

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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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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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Shift from branch campuses reflects changes in educational delivery and demand

Kevin Kiley of Inside Higher Ed takes off on a blog post by Northeastern University dean (of the Metropolitan College) Jay A. Halfond that we shared a couple of days ago at the website of the New England Board of Higher Education about the decline of regional branch campuses. It's a good read through the growth and decline cycle and into the new growth trend of branch campuses in remote places.

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Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space,

Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space:


"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Google Inc. CEO Larry Page and Cornell President David J. Skorton today announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet of its New York headquarters to CornellNYC Tech, while the university completes its campus on Roosevelt Island. The space will allow Cornell to build its presence in New York in close proximity to the tech companies and entrepreneurs with whom it will collaborate. This arrangement represents Google, Cornell, Technion and the City of New York’s commitment to educating and developing engineering and tech talent in New York City. Google will initially provide Cornell with 22,000 square feet of office space on July 1, 2012, free of charge for 5 years and 6 months or until the completion of Cornell’s campus on Roosevelt Island—whichever occurs first. Additionally, Cornell will be able to expand to 58,000 square feet over five years as it builds its presence in New York City."

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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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Drexel University - SCUP 2012 Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus Honor Award!

SCUP 2012 Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus Honor Award goes to Drexel University for Drexel University Campus Master Plan with Goody Clancy; also Andropogon Associates; Kittelson & Associates; Rickes Associates; W-ZHA; Meloria Environmental Design.


Plenty of great master planning sessions at SCUP–47 in July.


Congratulations to all!

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SCUP Excellence in Planning for a New Campus Honor Award | Dublin Institute of Technology and Health Services Executive for the Grangegorman Master Plan

2012 Honor Award, SCUP Excellence in Planning for a New Campus.


Congratulations to Dublin Institute of Technology and Health Services Executive for the Grangegorman Master Plan with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; also DMOD Architects; School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; Lützow 7

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LEED Silver Was Just Part Of The Package | Earthtechling

LEED Silver Was Just Part Of The Package | Earthtechling | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
LEED certification wasn't an initial goal for Modesto Junior College's new Student Services Building, but Perkins+Will worked in green as a matter of course.
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Ball State University to build new hotel, dormitory

Ball State University to build new hotel, dormitory | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
MUNCIE -- Ball State University plans to build a four-story building housing a $25 million hotel, dormitory, conference rooms and two restaurants at University and McKinley avenues.
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After the Meltdown: Where does Architecture go from here?

After the Meltdown: Where does Architecture go from here? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
How the Recession & the Architectural Meltdown is forcing Architecture to revolutionize itself away from starchitecture and towards design for the 99%.


By Vanessa Quirk in Architecture Daily. We are a fan of the Design:IntegrateCommunity:Building illustration. This is a nice, lengthy piece worth reading.

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Osiedle Przyjaź University Campus / BudCud

Osiedle Przyjaź University Campus / BudCud | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The proposal by BudCud for the Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 is an innovative university campus located in the center of Bemowo district in Warsaw.
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