1st Edition

The Connected University A Space and a Place for Knowledge

By Paul Temple Copyright 2025
    208 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Universities are primarily social institutions, but they are also physical, material structures. This book bridges this divide by examining the links between the two and explores how good connectivity can result in a more effective university.

    Through an original study of connectivity in university design, Paul Temple explores what it is, why it’s important and how it works. Using case studies and practical examples to examine the nature of social and material interactions, this book reviews what is known about connectivity and how it can be used to enhance academic effectiveness.  

    This book will be of interest to academics, students, and researchers interested in higher education theory and practice, the philosophy of higher education and those working at the interface between higher education studies and architecture and design.


    Part One              Physicality, space, and place

    Chapter 1             The physical university in the 21st century                  

    Chapter 2             Why space? Why connectivity?                                   

    Chapter 3             University space types                                                   

    Chapter 4             Space and place                                                             

    Chapter 5             The campus                                                                                   

    Chapter 6             The university and the city                                            


    Part Two              The University at Work

    Chapter 7             Space and learning                                                                        

    Chapter 8             Space for research and scholarship                              

    Chapter 9             The University of York: a study of place-making       

    Chapter 10           Conclusions: connectivity and place-making              


    Paul Temple is Honorary Associate Professor, University College London Institute of Education, London, UK where he was previously Co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies.