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The jury said, “ . . . positive thing for a down and out city . . . sets a precedent of collaboration beyond the boards . . . commendable . . .”
This project is at Wayne State University, in Detroit. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.
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Wayne State University, Detroit.
Life at Colby in just two minutes. Produced by Milton Guillen '15
On the CASE Communications list, a campus video is shared each week. We're going to begin sharing them here, as we receive them.
"Hey all. It's Friday again, so here's another fun video from a campus in Maine. And in case it inspires you, this was created by a student (under the direction of the communications office). Enjoy!"
Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.
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."
The author touches on programs at San Diego Mesa College, Southwestern Illinois College, Voncennes University, Broward College, and Baltimore City Community College. Lots of energy on the ground out there.
Taller than a double-decker bus the Resilient Tunnel Plug can stop future flood waters from destroying the subways. Its first installation is...
An important and potentially useful study.
It might be hard, but academics can be reintegrated into society!
We like this paragraph:
"Admittedly, the folks I know with Master’s and Doctorate degrees are uniformly unemployed or underemployed. The problem facing PhDs on the outside is all those false notions they and others have about life on the inside. The “ivory tower” cliché is mostly tripe; yeah, they’re a bit weird at times, but academics are professionals like any other and not precious eccentrics unfit for normal life. Too many of them leave the profession with a false notion that they can’t do anything else, forgetting they’ve spent years learning how to conduct research, solve problems, analyze complex systems, communicate powerfully and effectively, edit documents, complete large-scale tasks, motivate others, and think seriously in a focused way through issues that have baffled others before them. In other words, they’d be an asset to most large organizations. Conversely, those companies tend to be fairly myopic when it comes to who and what skills to exploit and how. What is needed, it seems, are headhunters who specialize in making academics into productive members of society. No egghead left behind!"
Towns Luring Back Their Townies
Prototypes: Cleveland, Ohio Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Albuquerque, New Mexico
Countless trend stories have been written about young, ambitious people flocking to Detroit because it’s cheaper and in need of fresh ideas. But smaller post-industrial cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh (and its neighboring suburb, Braddock) aren’t under the same spotlight, and most of the young people taking advantage of their virtues are natives. They’ve been there along, reasoning that the economy was too precarious for them to take a risk in a bigger city where had far fewer connections. Or they’ve returned after college or a disappointing stint in a major metropolis, realizing that they need their hometown just as much as their hometown needs them. Albuquerque has been retaining some of its natives, too, especially those who initially flocked to super-pricey California and realized that their quieter, cheaper hometown was the ideal place to ride out the recession.
SCUP–49, July 2014 is in Pittsburgh.
For decades, the community-college sector expanded almost automatically as it helped broaden access to higher education, says Peter S. Bryant, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Noel-Levitz. But waiting for students to show up is no longer enough, says Mr. Bryant, who has seen more business lately from community colleges. "There's a growing realization," he says, "that there has got to be a much more strategic approach."
Very important message for community college planners about enrollment.
Small SiteHonor Award – U. of Missouri – Francis Quadrangle
Residential LandscapeHonor Award – North Carolina State University – Chancellor’s Residence
Golf CourseHonor Award – Berkeley Hall Golf Club
University and College GroundsGrand Award – University of MississippiHonor Award – Southern Methodist UniversityHonor Award – Western Kentucky University (grounds overseen by Sodexo)Honor Award – Texas Woman’s UniversityHonor Award – University of Rochester – Mount Hope CampusHonor Award – Queens University of Charlotte (grounds overseen by Sodexo)Honor Award – Marymount CollegeHonor Award – University of Texas at DallasHonor Award – Baylor UniversityHonor Award – Ohio Northern University (grounds overseen by Sodexo)Merit Award – Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringMerit Award – University of the CumberlandsMerit Award – Virginia Wesleyan CollegeMerit Award – University of Iowa
Urban University GroundsGrand Award – University of GuelphHonor Award – University of Puget SoundHonor Award – University of NevadaHonor Award – University of AlbertaHonor Award – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (grounds overseen by Sodexo)
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:
Goettsch Partners and Ballinger
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Payette
Northwestern’s Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the winning design, with a decision expected this year.
An important design on a controversial property.
For now my son Max writes songs, tours and does what he wants. He is not rich or secure, but why should he measure his life on the same scale as his parents’?
Are the kids alright?
The UC may see its third year with no tuition hike, pending the approval of a preliminary budget for 2014-2015 that the UC Board of Regents will discuss next week.
"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)."
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.
Young Pittsburghers today are finding there's no place like home.
What a great city for the 2014 annual gathering of college and university planners: Plan for Transformation, July 12–16.
Thanks to its relatively low crime rate, affordability, healthy economy, and vibrant restaurant and arts scenes, publications like Forbes and The Economist have labeled Pittsburgh America's "most livable city."
Another great resource via The RP Group.
Interested in using Student Support (Re)defined findings to strengthen student success on your campus? This Action Guide helps college practitioners undertake an inquiry and planning process based on the study’s results. This guide can be utilized to enhance existing campus efforts or facilitate new initiatives.
Another great resource via The RP Group.
The fate of City College of San Francisco, one of the nation's largest community colleges, rests largely on a state-appointed trustee named Robert Agrella.
This is a Wall Street Journal article centered on the state-appointed trustee, Robert Agrella, a former community cllege president.
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.
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."
Many U.S. private colleges and universities are responding to declining enrollments with closures, layoffs, cutbacks, mergers and new recruitment strategies.
From 2010 through 2012, freshman enrollment at more than a quarter of U.S. private four-year schools declined 10% or more, according to federal data The Wall Street Journal analyzed. From 2006 through 2009, fewer than one in five experienced a similar decline.
Pioneering online upstarts are trying to transform higher education with things like programs intended to make college more affordable and those that dispense with the credit hour and classroom time with a professor in favor of self-paced online...
Anya Kamenetz writes about these pioneering programs in Education Life, The Times’s quarterly magazine about higher education. It’s part of a package of articles that highlight online experiments, including UniversityNow, Minerva and University of the People – intended to make college more affordable as well as more convenient by tapping into web-based technology.
Disruptive new models have parents as well as prospective students looking and reconsidering. More bloggers are writing about the problems with large education debt (bankrupcy exempt.) Economic cycles threaten to turn higher education into high priced vocational schools.
Join hundreds of peer and colleagues in the region's premier planning event of 2014. "The conference theme encourages presentation and discussion of innovative ways to bring these four areas of institutional planning together to ensure better adherence to the strategic campus mission and project goals, and to “Mind the Gap” by creating better planning outcomes."
There is no better event in the North Atlantic area. This is the premier planning event in the region.
The Question of the Continued Relevance of the American College Campus by Charles Warner Oakley© Upon reading a recent piece entitled Campus Forever? by Michael Haggans in his blog Campus Matters, ...
Very good read which has stimulated a thoughtful conversation on CampusMatters.net.
Understood that, in this human world, forever is probably not achievable, to me the question becomes: “Can any particular campus last a very long time into the future?” This makes me want to take a look at the past for some guidance on the possibilities. In considering the continuing existence of any particular college campus – as a college campus – the continued existence of the institutions themselves is obviously a threshold issue.
In this article— Built Environments Impact Behaviors: Results of an Active Learning Post-Occupancy Evaluation —fresh results from research show that rigorous…
Non-members can download this article from SCUP through November 15 only. On Friday, November 15 at 2 pm Eastern, two of the authors and other guests will discuss this research and its implications live in the SCUP Mojo. This Learning Environments Roundtable is where additional information will be posted. Please join it to receive updates.
Built environment effects behaviours
"Wouldn't it make more sense for the long-term credibility, integrity, and relevance of colleges and universities to get on the right side of history and exercise their influence to help accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and stave off runaway climate change? We all know the next five to ten years are critical, and the faster we move towards a more efficient, greener energy regime, the better off we all will be. Why shouldn't higher education make achieving this new order its top priority? If not, the complicity of colleges and universities in the onset of a catastrophic climate regime will be to their everlasting shame, at the very least equaling the long shadow cast by their involvement in American slavery."
From the Sustainability Sumo.