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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."


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

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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SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, George Brown College, Toronto

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, George Brown College, Toronto | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This project is at George Brown College in Toronto. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept

Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Backed by $2-million from Mellon, Ms. Cuff and her colleagues are essentially trying to start a small urban-humanities department, which will offer certificates to graduate students. So far, the students hail from history, architecture, urban planning, public policy, philosophy, and geography, among other fields.


"We're all people who are interested in urban issues but are dissatisfied with our own discipline's ability to grapple with those issues," says Jonathan Crisman, project director and a core faculty member in the Urban Humanities Initiative.

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

Thanks to SCUPer Gerry McLaughlin of DePaul University for sharing this, which is of great interest to SCUP members: "The foundation expects to invest up to $15-million in the initial round of projects, which will bring humanities scholars and architects together."

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Location, Location, Location. Urban Hot Spots Are the Place to Be [for campuses]

Location, Location, Location.  Urban Hot Spots Are the Place to Be [for campuses] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

#scup49 plenary speaker Jeff Selingo's latest in The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Unlike homeowners, colleges looking for a better neighborhood can’t simply hang up a "For Sale" sign and move on. Such colleges need to work harder to provide amenities and out-of-the-classroom opportunities for their students. Some colleges are trying to take on the role of a chamber of commerce, revitalizing abandoned properties nearby and helping to cultivate start-ups. Such efforts, though, are often beyond the expertise of campus officials and carry large price tags without an obvious or quick return on the investment."

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

Hundreds of campuses lose potential students to those in more desirable locations. Since it's really hard to pick up a campus (think American University in Cairo) and move it, Selingo suggests growing the trend to stepping across campus edges and making the neghborhood/city a more attractive one.

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Harvard Launches Deans' Design Challenge to Proactively Change Urban Life by 2030

Harvard Launches Deans' Design Challenge to Proactively Change Urban Life by 2030 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An entrepreneurial dose of design will soon grace the Harvard Innovation Lab. The i-lab announced Friday the launch of the Deans' Design Challenge, a contest aimed at addressing the challenges facing the world's swiftly growing population.

Design will join the ranks of Harvard's pre-existing Deans' Challenges. One focuses on cultural entrepreneurship, while the other is centered around health and life sciences. Sponsored by 13 deans from schools across Harvard and hosted by the i-lab, the contests' goals have been for students to create cross-disciplinary teams they can tackle social and health issues head-on with.

Between the two competitions, students were awarded a total of $150,000 last semester.

The theme of the inaugural Deans' Design Challenge is "Urban Life 2030." Participants will be tasked with developing tools that will improve the livability of our cities. The world's urban population is estimated to grow by roughly 50 percent in the next 15 years, according to the i-lab, and largely in less developed regions where an influx of individuals could compound the effects of existing transportation, safety, food, water and inequality issues.

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olivia estrugo's curator insight, November 26, 2013 3:28 PM

Interesting facts of Urban Life by the year

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