1st Edition

The Physical University Contours of space and place in higher education

Edited By Paul Temple Copyright 2014
    278 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The great universities of the world are to a large extent defined in the public imagination by their physical form: when people think of a university, they usually think of a distinctive place, rather than about say the teaching or the research that might go on there. This is understandable, both because universities usually stay rooted to the same spot over the centuries; and because their physical forms may send powerful messages about the kind of places they are.

    The physical form of the university, and how the spaces within it become transformed by their users into places which hold meanings for them, has become of increased interest recently from both academic and institutional management perspectives, when trying to understand more about how universities work, and how they may be made more effective. Yet, despite its seemingly obvious importance, the available literature on space and place in higher education internationally is scant when compared to that dealing with, say, teaching and learning methods, or with evaluating quality, or many other topics.

    This book brings together a range of academic and professional perspectives on university spaces and places, and show how technical matters of building design, maintenance and use interact with academic considerations on the goals of the university. Space issues are located at an intellectual crossroads, where widely differing conceptual and professional perspectives meet, and need to be integrated and this important book brings together perspectives from around the world to show design and use issues are changing Higher Education..

    Globally, higher education is being required to do more things – to teach more students, to be better at research, to engage more with business and communities; and many other things. These pressures are leading universities to reconsider their management processes, as well as their academic structures: an often-quoted saying is that "we make our buildings, and afterwards they make us". At a time when universities and colleges are seeking competitive advantages, ideas and analysis about space design and use is much needed and will be well-received.

    Part I: Space at Work 

    1. Space, Place and University Effectiveness  Paul Temple 

    2. Performing University Spaces: Multiplicity, relationality, affect Christoph Michels and Timon Beyes

    3. Examining New Processes for Learning Space Design Brett Bligh

    4. Managing the Campus: facility management, the student experience and university effectiveness Alexi Marmot

    5. Reading Campus Landscapes Phillip Waite

    6. Sustainable Development: Impacts on space and place in higher education Marcella Ucci

    7. Place-making and Other Purposes: Public art on campus Lorna Hards, Sian Vaughan and James Williams

    Part II: Space and Place in Context

    8. The Idea of a University and its Concrete Form Anthony Ossa-Richardson

    9. Science-driven University Development in the United States Eugene P Trani

    10. "Let’s go for the chicken-drum": the everyday production of social space in a Chinese university Zhongyuan Zhang

    11. The University and the City: Social Science Centre, Lincoln – forming the urban revolution Mike Neary

    12. Decoding University Ideals by Reading Campuses Paul Benneworth


    Paul Temple is Reader in Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London, and Co-Director of its Centre for Higher Education Studies.

    "The eclectic nature of this collection is a considerable strength, for it includes, as implied, a wide variety of intellectual approaches. Here, the old categories of hard /soft and pure/applied come to mind...This is a tremendous book. For anyone interested in the university as a physical space there is surely something here." - Ronald Barnett, Institute of Education, London Review of Education