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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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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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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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Major Trends in University Residence Halls | Building Design + Construction

Major Trends in University Residence Halls | Building Design + Construction | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Building Teams invested in programming, designing, and constructing collegiate residential facilities would do well to consider several trends that are influencing activities in this sector:


• Alternative financing – Many universities are taking a hard look at partnering with private developers to fund new projects. But be careful: AEC firms have two masters to serve in these arrangements.


• Mixed use/urban infill – To help foster more vibrant neighborhoods and boost goodwill with the surrounding community, some urban residence hall projects include retail and restaurant space open to non-university patrons.


• Innovative flexible common spaces – Informal learning settings, such as nontraditional residence hall classrooms and spaces for students to collaborate on projects, are high priorities.


• Sustainability as a lifetime learning tool – Universities are using cutting-edge green features and technologies to influence student behavior, promote physical sustainability, and enhance the curriculum.

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Newark Project Aims to Link Living and Learning

Newark Project Aims to Link Living and Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A development, called Teachers Village, will feature three charter schools and affordable housing for educators in the city’s decayed downtown.


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Capsule lodgings hit Hong Kong

Capsule lodgings hit Hong Kong | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Each pod, which measures 1.9 meters (6.3 feet) long, 1 meter wide and 1.15 meters high, is slightly larger than a twin bed. They come complete with bed, air conditioning, light switches, computer tables and power outlets. Wong said he expects his main customers to be tourists. The average hotel room rate was HK$1165 a night in 2010, according to the city's Tourism Commission. But he added that about a dozen local students had expressed interest in a capsule college dormitory near campus, offering pods for HK$3,500 a month. 'Students are affected by a severe lack of space in university housing, so we thought, why not do dorm rooms as well?' Wong said." 


Speaking of Hong Kong:


Pods are probably not coming to a campus near you soon? However, that could be be a topic of discussion at the HEPA (Higher Education Planning in Asia) conference in Hong Kong which is sharing several simultaneous presentations with SCUP’s 2012 Pacific Regional Conference at Stanford University March 25–28.

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 17, 2013 1:16 PM

Reading this made me more appreciative of what Rhodes University Residences offer. Imagine living in a pod as big as a twin bed. This might sound convenient when trying to accomodate many students or tourists however this does not seem like a practical living environment for a couple of years. The design of these pods are very clever just maybe a little bit boxed  up.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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The Transformation: Academical Villages • Talking Stick - November/December 2011

The title link will take you to a really nice article in Talking Stick, the magazine of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. Note that this is an interactive, served-up PDF that some will not be able to access.


The authors, Davie Reid, Beverly Frank, and Krista Shepherd, start with Thomas Jefferson and end up reviewing and placing in context a number of relatively new initiatives to create "academic villages": The Hudson & Perrin Academic Village at Northwestern State University in Marysville; Hassayampa Academic Village (HAV at Arizone State University; and the William H. Johnson Building project at Florida State University.

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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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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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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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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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Swarthmore College Residence Halls, Swarthmore, Pa. - Award Winners, Student Housing - EcoHome Magazine

Swarthmore College Residence Halls, Swarthmore, Pa. - Award Winners, Student Housing - EcoHome Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The new campus housing references the past but its modern design looks forward.

 

Nice list of sustainable products, and there are other campus projects on the website.

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Colleges and Developers Find Common Ground to Build Student Housing - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges and Developers Find Common Ground to Build Student Housing - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A really comprehensive look around the country at partnerships for capital development.

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Shop Talk: 16-Story Tower Will Rise at Berklee College of Music - Buildings & Grounds - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Shop Talk: 16-Story Tower Will Rise at Berklee College of Music - Buildings & Grounds - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

By Lawrence Biemiller | Monday, December 5, 2011


"Berklee College of Music has broken ground for a $100-million, 16-story tower that will house 370 students. The 155,000-square-foot-building will also contain a two-story dining hall, a 400-seat performance venue, recording studios, practice rooms, and retail space. (William Rawn Associates, Architects, rendering)"


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• ‘Giant Jigsaw Puzzle’: $118-Million Building Boom Is Underway at U. of Mississippi

• Texas A&M U. and Foundation Consider a Stadium Overhaul

• After Running the Numbers, Crowder College Plans Branch Campus

• Drainage Projects Opens U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Site for Archaeologists

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Wabash Building | Roosevelt U's Newly-Rising Vertical Campus | Chicago

Wabash Building | Roosevelt U's Newly-Rising Vertical Campus | Chicago | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This is a unique university contribution to a city skyline:


"Roosevelt University will begin construction in February on a dramatic skyscraper that will be the second tallest university building in the nation.


The University's new vertical campus will be sleek and contemporary, featuring a glass exterior, undulating shape, views of Lake Michigan and connections in four locations with the University's landmark Auditorium Building. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project is planned for April.


Designed with open spaces that will make the building feel like a series of neighborhoods, the structure will be a "green" building, drawing in natural light and cutting energy costs, and will be one of the few skyscrapers in Chicago that is LEED certified."

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