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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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5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The "[a]ward honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

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U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.
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"The facility, which is pursuing gold LEED certification, will include multiple microclimates to accommodate a variety of plantings, according to coverage in the Daily Iowan. Also, because portions of the roof can be seen from many of the building's offices, the green will provide a visual break for occupants.


Among the operations in the center will be six floors of research labs and a mix of wet and dry labs. Among the major areas of research will be diabetes, cardiovascular, auditory, lung biology and biomedical imaging. One level will contain the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, with several MRIs."

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Deferred Maintenance at Canadian Universities: An Update

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This report, published by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), is worthy of a look.


"In spite of the concerns raised the conclusions of the report may be seen as positive. While there has never been and will never be sufficient funding available to instantly eliminate the problem, strategies are indeed available to proactively manage it.


While five specific strategies are enumerated, they can be summarized in a single, overarching consideration" ... .


Too long to post the entire list here.

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Bold buildings: How to integrate new architecture into historic urban landscapes

Bold buildings: How to integrate new architecture into historic urban landscapes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"When Clemson University unveiled its designs for the Spaulding Paolozzi Center, a "modernist" building meant to house the school's satellite architecture and design division, strong reactions followed. People either loved the building (or at least the idea of the building), or they hated it.

The lovers argued that architect Brad Cloepfil's plans were fresh and light and new and smart, and that the new building would help mix up the landscape, adding aesthetic vitality to the city. The haters insisted that it was ugly and inappropriate, that it didn't fit within the city's prevailing architectural style. 


The controversy, still unsettled, has drawn attention to one of those timeless, fundamental urban questions: whether and how new, modernist buildings should be integrated into a landscape characterized by protected historic structures or dominated by a particular historic style."


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The author also suggests taking a look at Steven Holl's Seona Reid Building, part of the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.

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Wood-clad University of Tokyo research building explores world of 'ubiquitous computing'

Wood-clad University of Tokyo research building explores world of 'ubiquitous computing' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“'My goal was the unification of computers and architecture with nature,' said the 59-year-old Kuma.


The research building has three floors above ground and two basement levels. The entire interior is seeded with hundreds of sensors. The advanced sensor network system is sensitive to temperature, humidity, the flow of particles in the air and the presence of people.


Ken Sakamura, professor of information science at the University of Tokyo, was in charge of producing the Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building project.


“(The ubiquitous networking) technology will be effective in serving our aging society (by allowing people to operate various household tools and equipment without having to move about)," Sakamura said. “And now we can experiment with new ideas right away, using this building.”

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Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new?

Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Who out there has redesigned graduate assistant space to support the way grads work and study today (versus 20 years ago)? Semi-private offices just aren't an option for some of our buildings and programs - nor are they necessary.
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Please share what you have been doing or what you have learned about.

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The Business School Building Boom

The Business School Building Boom | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There has been a rise in what commentators call the "MBA building boom" - a raft of leading schools are spending millions developing their campuses and opening new buildings. The life of the b-school student is becoming one of luxury.

 
Portland State University's School of Business Administration is planning a $60 million project that will triple its available space on campus. Yale School of Management unveiled a new $243 million campus earlier this month, while Harvard Business School just spent $100 million on a new building for its executive education programs."
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We like this:


""In every way, our physical campus and the way Tuck’s faculty and staff interact with students fosters a sense of community and collaboration. It is the place where lifelong relationships are created - perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Tuck experience," she added.

 
With the rise in online and distance learning, it could be a risk developing campuses to such an extent - even if the majority of funding doesn't come from university coffers.
 
Sally Blout, Kellog's Dean, told The Economist earlier this month: "Our industry is about to transform itself. And you have to decide whether you are in or out of face-to-face education.""
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South Dakota campus construction projects advance

South Dakota campus construction projects advance | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The growth and construction at South Dakota universities reflects two of the schools' recent ascent to NCAA Division I athletics status and the Board of Regents' 10-year plan, said Board
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New GVSU library's design based on student habits

New GVSU library's design based on student habits | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Study spaces at the new Mary Idema Pew Library on the main campus of Grand Valley State University were designed around students' habits. The design team from SHW Group observed the way students used the campus' Zumberge Library. Its findings influenced the design of all areas, from seating and …
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Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?

Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The idea of crowdsourcing architectural design is pretty disruptive, some of its critics would even say cataclysmic. The object of their distress is a website,  arcbazar.com, which came online in 2011 and offers an interface between people looking for design services and those in the design and construction world who might come up with a design solution. Arcbazar was started by Imdat As, an architect with a doctorate in architectural design from Harvard, who wanted to connect architects with potential clients – during the height of the recession a few years ago. Arcbazar was instantly coined the “99designs.com of architecture,” after a website that crowdsources graphic design services. (Full disclosure: As and I are colleagues at the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.) He notes that the architecture profession is involved in only a fraction of total construction activity, foregoing potential fees that As estimates at $22 billion. Arcbazar was designed as a vehicle for architects and designers to be involved in small projects for clients who would typically not seek design services."

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Of interest.

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning

The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.
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SCUP member and author Gregory Janks provides heft to this Building Design & Construction article, which includes a nice Brown University mini-case study, with data maps. He says: “What we’re trying to promote is more isn’t necessarily better; better is better.”


Janks is author of of the SCUP booklet, Kings of Infinite Space: How to Make Space Planning for Colleges and Universities Useful Given Constrained Resources, and co-author of a recent article in Planning for Higher Education titled "New Metrics for the New NormalRethinking Space Utilization Within the University System in Georgia."


SCUP members can look forward to a follow-up article to "New Metrics": "Formula’s End: The University System of Georgia's Space Data and What it Means," to be published shortly in Planning for Higher Education.


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'Ghost buildings' to help public envisage impact of developments

'Ghost buildings' to help public envisage impact of developments | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Oxford to pilot scheme to outline shape of structures with poles before granting of planning permission
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On campus?

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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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80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice

80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As architects and designers, where does our understanding of people come from? Mostly, subjective observation and untested assumption," according to Evidence Based Design Journal.

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SCUPers who 'get' integrative planning and design will understand the value of evidence based design. SCUP initiatives, like the Perry Chapman Prize, underwrite research in support of evidence based planning and design. 

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SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile

SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CIES, Congreso de Infraestructura trata sobre gestión y desarrollo de infraestructura, compartiendo e intercambiando experiencias de gestión, financiamiento, servicios, administración y tecnología."

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That translates (Thanks, Google!) into: "CIES , Infrastructure Congress is about management and infrastructure development, sharing and exchanging experiences in management, financing , services, management and technology."

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Making Space for Creativity on Campus, free book download

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The story of the evolution, use, and assessment of the Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton is a valuable resource for campus communities exploring the potential of spaces that nurture creative learning, creative learners. In this posting, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory concisely summarizes some of the key points in the 136-page document, specifically for academic leaders, managers, and administrators.

The Collaboratory has a forthcoming webinar on September 16, "Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience."
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Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30

Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interest in zero net energy (ZNE) grows rapidly, but implementation is lagging. This webinar will look at the decision-making factors institutions consider when building a ZNE facility. Is the trend line bending towards greater ambition, or are institutions staying on the sidelines as costs come down, technologies improve, and the daring few pave the way, offering valuable lessons learned? Corporate and institutional representatives will also examine lessons from from Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, and Case Western Reserve University. They will offer first-hand experience on specific ZNE installations, both at the small and large scale, and will look ahead to predict what's next. This program will include frequent audience polling and opportunities for questions.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 PM–3:30 PM eastern—An interactive look at the trends, technologies, costs, and boundaries impacting Zero Net Energy buildings. Register now!

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Making room for Maker’s Space

Making room for Maker’s Space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"'Philosophically, school is really good at nouns,' said Stager, founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge institute. 'We ought to be focusing more on verbs. For some reason, we’re talking about putting Maker’s Spaces places as opposed to putting (in) making places'


'I like to say that the greatest Maker’s Space is in between your ears,' he also said. 'It’s a stance. It’s a way of recognizing that I have the confidence and competence to solve any problem I confront, even if only to discover that I need to learn a lot more.'"


That said, both of them agreed that the physical environment of a school matters when adopting the maker approach. They just don’t want to see a Maker’s Space materialize as a bunker down the hall."

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Lots of talk about Maker Spaces. What are you doing on your campus?

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Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus

Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The problem is that we are entering an unprecedented period when two historic waves of building construction demand capital renewal investments even as resources available for capital are limited by reductions in state funding, decreases in research and philanthropy and debt limits set by trustees. New England campuses built more space from 1960 to 1975 than over the previous 80 years combined. Then many campuses followed with a second construction boom from 1995 until the Great Recession slowed building.


Now, faced with having to do 'catch-up' renovation on the first wave of buildings that are reaching 50 years old and “keep-up” or stewardship on the second wave of buildings, campus administrators are finding there is just not enough money to do both. It is starting to show to even the casual observer."

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Good question by the author: "How could we have spent billions of dollars on new construction and renovation over the past 25 years and still see a doubling of the amount of deferred maintenance?"

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Yale School of Management's Edward P. Evans Hall

Yale School of Management's Edward P. Evans Hall | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, which opened in January. At 249,743 square feet and a reported $189 million, the building assembles the school’s formerly scattered facilities, which serve some 300 students, around a grassy little courtyard and under one deeply overhanging roof. Monumentally shiny and not especially subtle, the building is closer in geography and spirit to the nearby Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson buildings on Yale’s peripheral science and athletic campuses than it is to the dense Rudolph and Louis Kahn masterpieces at the university’s heart."

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Excellent set of images.

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The Growing Trend of CFOs Prioritizing Energy Reduction Projects

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Yes, there is. And the author covers, concisely, a number of the reasons why.

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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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The hottest RFQ in CA— Stunning Site and Stunning Shortlist at UC Santa Cruz

The hottest RFQ in CA— Stunning Site and Stunning Shortlist at UC Santa Cruz | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“The desire to have something like this has been around for a very long time, but it came into focus in the last couple of years,” said Weber. The Institute’s museum will contain interactive exhibits on topics ranging from climate change to cancer research, and the facility as a whole, measuring 27,000-31,000 square feet, will contain research and teaching facilities, seminar and conference spaces, study areas, a cafe, and more. “The vision is to engage the issues of our time through the arts, sciences,  humanities and technology based on research here at UC Santa Cruz and bringing in material that complements and pushes what’s going on here,” said Weber.


The  site, he added, is “really spectacular,” wedged between a forest of Redwoods and Ancient Oaks above and a grand meadow overlooking the Pacific below.  There will be a public presentation of the final three teams’ schemes on April 3 at UCSC. The $32-40 million project’s completion date will depend on ongoing fundraising, added Weber.

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