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Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out

Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two-storey addition on top of Thompson Rivers University building gives B.C. law school sweeping style and space
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Using some additional examples, this also explores the growth in "vertical campuses," in Canada.

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Architect David Rockwell Sketches Out Ideal Stadium Design

Architect David Rockwell Sketches Out Ideal Stadium Design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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We kind of like the idea of the Big House in Ann Arbor becoming a water park in the summertime.

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The London School of Economics' new students' union: a lesson in architectural origami

The London School of Economics' new students' union: a lesson in architectural origami | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

[G]ymnastic feats with humble blocks, producing an angular avalanche of a building that appears to tumble precipitously in all directions.

This striking piece of redbrick origami is the school's £24m new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, a souped-up home for the students' union that is as energetic on the outside as the activities going on within.


"It's a bit like a cruise ship," says Sheila O'Donnell. "A great stack of different functions, from a nightclub and gym, to cafes and prayer rooms, all these bits of different shapes and sizes interlocking together in a complicated jigsaw puzzle."

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


The jury said, “ . . . great that they did not take down the towers . . . connector is a nice contrast . . .interiors are appealing . . . great use of color.”


The new policy to house all freshmen and sophomores on campus at Ohio State University (OSU) created a need to increase housing capacity. Three areas were identified to create density, foster a more dynamic student experience, and sustainably leverage existing infrastructure. Additions of bed capacity, program, utility/sustainability regeneration, and improvements to the district civic space for recreation use and passive open space were planned.


One area was the South High-Rise District. By inserting connectors between two existing eleven-story residential towers, new entry lobbies, student social and study spaces, additional beds, and newly-defined courtyards were added. Anchoring the additions
to the existing infrastructure of bathrooms, stairs, and elevators, the project  delivered beds at a reduced cost (an average of $50,000/ bed).


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The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Colorado School of Mines

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Colorado School of Mines | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Marquez Hall is the new home of the Petroleum Engineering department, sited to create a vital connection between the existing campus and a future Earth Science Quad. It facilitates connections be­tween students and faculty, departments and disci­plines, campus spaces and the greater geography of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, creates an arrival point to campus from the town of Golden; and provides inviting open space.


The jury said, “ . . . liked the way the building responded to campus context . . . execution is lovely, materials and detailing exemplary . . . design is quite responsive . . .”


The building forms a sunlit southern edge to a new plaza with a public lobby and exhibit spaces. It has three spacial elements: a bar of labs on the north, a bar of faculty offices on the south, and the general classroom wing to the east. Users can easily under­stand and navigate the facility. Interaction between students, faculty and research teams is enhanced.

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The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad

New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

[C]riticisms of the open-plan are legion. But Burkeman’s predictable diatribe was backed up by a new Harvard study that reached some fairly unhealthy conclusions about open-plan offices. The study, by researchers Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear, found that of the 42,700 office workers surveyed, nearly half of those in completely open-plan offices (sans partitions) complained about environmental noise levels. Even more surprising, cubicle workers—distinguished between those in offices with low and high partitions—were more greatly disatisfied with the noise around their workstations. 

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This is our shocked face /

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SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Honor Award

SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . very compelling, want to be in the spaces. . . richness and layering of edges . . . great example of best use of environment. . . epitomizes town gown issues . . .”

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This project is at the University of Washington, West Campus Housing. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . positive thing for a down and out city . . . sets a precedent of collaboration beyond the boards . . . commendable . . .”

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This project is at Wayne State University, in Detroit. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind

We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.
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There's a growing belief among architects and designers that all urban parking garages should be built with these "good bones," which will allow them to be re-purposed in the future. For a variety of reasons, from higher gas prices to greater densification to better transit options, city residents will continue to drive fewer cars. As a result, we'll eventually require fewer parking lots. The ability to adapt a structure rather than tear it down will save developers time, money, and material waste.


"As the auto culture wanes we're going to have a lot of demolition to do, which is unfortunate," says Tom Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. "If we're going to build these [garages] let's design them in a way that they can have alternative uses in the future. With just a few tweaks that's really possible."

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Australian College and University Projects

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College and university reviews and images of architecture, interior, and landscape projects from Architecture Media.

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A nice college of images and info from campus planning and design initiatives down under.

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'How we designed a university without corridors on a car park budget'

'How we designed a university without corridors on a car park budget' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"So Heatherwick designed 12 pods and built them up eight storeys to create 56 curvilinear tutorial rooms - each slightly different - around a porous atrium. “Nooks and crannies” where people can loiter and meet potential collaborators are integral. And views across the building will be filled with people, bringing the same sense of awe that a view of thousands of books once brought, he said.


Another challenge was the budget – “just a little bit more than a car park” – which necessitated concrete for floor slabs, columns, cores and cladding.

“No one’s heart jumps at the thought of concrete,” said Heatherwick. “You just think of the South Bank lumps, where you have to be ironically interested in brutalism."

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Wow.

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USF's science center's new digs go sleekly underground

USF's science center's new digs go sleekly underground | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

What the final product also does, with absolute success, is add multilayered urbanity to a corner of the campus that in the past was more awkward than alluring.

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We guess the critic likes it:


This isn't the first educational building in the city that digs down to open up possibilities: Pfau Long Architecture did so in an even more dynamic way at Lick-Wilmerding High School a decade ago. Lo Schiavo Center shows that it can be done in a large-scale way. What seems like a loss - the removal of a knoll and existing plaza - in fact can be a gain.


In and of itself, Lo Schiavo Center is a refined work of architecture. It's even better as part of something larger, and that's the standard by which all urban buildings should be judged.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Responding to the Arcadian quality of the surrounding Stanford Arboretum, the site design brings landscape into the building, appearing more like a clearing in the woods than an urban building with hard edges. It is a critical element of the campus arts district. Architecture and landscape create a series of gathering spaces to the north, west and south, fully engaging the setting.


The jury said, “ . . . elegant proportions . . . nice fit in context of campus . . . well crafted, beautiful materials and simplicity . . .”


The central element is an 842-seat vineyard style concert hall and includes a studio/rehearsal hall, artists’ suites, a music library, instrument storage rooms designed to double as practice rooms, an artists’ lounge and generous public amenities.


The seating sections split into terraces ringing the stage and create an intimate concert experience for both audience and performer.

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The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At Kenyon College, art history forms the bridge between studio practice and the liberal arts curricu­lum. The integrated planning process to create a new Studio Arts Building and new Gallery & Art History Building involved Kenyon administration, faculty and students, and resulted in two distinct, but interre­lated initiatives. Bringing these facilities into the center of campus was a priority.


The building was located on a very prominent site, directly on Middle Path, in the heart of the historic core, to increase the visibility and participa­tion of the arts.


The two-story building with a basement includes a large 6,100 square-foot gallery, a smaller secondary gallery, an entry and lower level lobby for public gatherings, a 136-seat auditorium, classroom, seminar room, curatorial classroom, and a 3,400 square-foot art storage space.


The jury said, “ . . . the way it fits on campus is clear . . . confidence and clarity of materiality . . . forms are crisp . . . building is about art, history of art . . . building is like a piece of pottery or sculpture . . . it may stand the test of time . . . ”

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The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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A Must-Have Resource— 'Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners

A Must-Have Resource— 'Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
  • How do you measure return on investment of time, energy and funds expended in shaping and sustaining physical environments serving 21st century learners? 

  • How does space influence the nature of the learning experience?

  • How can focusing on what students are to become, on how learning happens drive the process of shaping and sustaining 21st century learning environments?
     

This guide, developed by a working group convened by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory, is a template for exploring such questions. It is intended to advance efforts on individual campuses to imagine and shape new spaces, reimagine and repurpose existing spaces; it is intended to inform the national dialogue about why attention to physical learning environments matters. 

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This valuable document is the result of nearly three years' of work by a dedicated and expert, cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental team. It was partially funded by an NSF grant.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “It is a university project but also a City of Philadelphia project in terms of its impact and how it extends the city. It gives to the city.”

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This project is at the University of Pennsylvania. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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Commentary: The New School's Stairmaster

Commentary: The New School's Stairmaster | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Inside are some spectacular rooms, including a wood-paneled, 800-seat auditorium that will become a popular downtown event space. (The New School is the owner of another auditorium, one of the most beautiful in New York, in its art deco Joseph Urban building at 66-76 West 12th Street.) The most interesting feature of the new building is its stairwells. The facility, containing classrooms, a multi-level library, cafeteria, and 146 dormitory suites on its top nine floors, required multiple fire stairs. It also needed large, open stairways that students could use to get from class to class, and which could serve as gathering places (a la the stairwell in Thom Mayne’s Cooper Union building a few blocks away)."

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This reviewer is critical of the design and its effects on the surroundings. 


The New School, a university that includes the Parsons School of Design, has long operated out of a motley collection of spaces in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Hoping to create a campus center, the school proposed building a 350-foot-tall tower on a site has owned since the 1960s, at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street. A tall, tapered building would have enhanced that crossroads. But facing neighborhood opposition, the school scaled back its plans, ending up with a structure that, at 16 stories and 178 feet, is so squat it looks incomplete—inadvertently suggesting that the institution lacks ambition.

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Biomedical Research Building Design Competition - Northwestern University

Biomedical Research Building Design Competition - Northwestern University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Northwestern University has selected three architectural firms as finalists in a competition to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on the University’s Chicago campus. Now we’d like to get your input on the proposed designs.

The three finalists in the design competition for the new Biomedical Research Building are:

Northwestern’s Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the winning design, with a decision expected this year.

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An important design on a controversial property.

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