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2nd Edition

University Trends
Contemporary Campus Design

ISBN 9780415790055
Published January 9, 2018 by Routledge
208 Pages 182 Color & 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The campus has a deep-rooted prestige as a place of teaching, learning and nurturing. Conjuring images of cloistered quadrangles, of sunny lawns, of wood-panelled libraries, it is a word viscerally charged with centuries of scholarly tradition. And yet it is also a place of cutting-edge science, vibrancy and energy. It is this dual nature, this concurrent adherence to tradition and innovation, which renders the physical environment of the university such a redolent, enduring and dynamic realm. However, it also means that the twenty-first-century campus is a highly challenging and exacting landscape to design and manage successfully.

Today, the scale of the pressures and the rate of change facing higher education institutions are greater than ever. Squeezed public spending, growing societal expectations and the broadening education ambitions of developing nations are set against a backdrop of rapid technological progress and changing pedagogies. What are the repercussions for the physical realities of university planning and architecture? And how are university campuses adapting to contend with these pressures?

University Trends: Contemporary Campus Design introduces the most significant, widespread and thought-provoking trends that are currently shaping the planning and architecture of higher education institutions across the world. Within this completely revised second edition, Part One identifies current patterns such as hub buildings, large-scale expansions, adaptive reuse and innovation buildings. Part Two profiles these through recent, well-illustrated, global case studies. The essential guide to current and future trends in campus design.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  Preface.  Part 1.  The Twenty-First-Century Campus.  Part 2.  1. Adaptive Reuse.  2. Starchitecture.  3. Hub buildings.  4. Interdisciplinary Research Buildings.  5. Joint-Venture Buildings.  6. Innovation.  7. New Universities Beyond the West.  8. Urbanity.  9. Large-Scale Campus Expansions.  10. Revitalising Master Plans.  Notes.  Index.  Picture Credits.

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Jonathan Coulson and Paul Roberts are Directors of Turnberry Consulting, a development strategy consultancy created to help landowners to develop real estate projects driven by quality and functionality. They have extensive experience working within the university sector, preparing and delivering development proposals and master-planning initiatives. Isabelle Taylor read history of art at the University of Cambridge and Courtauld Institute of Art. The three have also jointly authored University Planning and Architecture: The Search for Perfection (2015), a historical survey of the architecture of universities from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century.


‘The second edition of University Trends highlights the range of issues that universities across the globe are considering as they evolve their campuses to provide contemporary educational facilities, engage with the urban realm and support innovation. The authors’ unparalleled knowledge of the international higher education campus context is clearly discernible and the selected case studies are both informative and inspirational. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to those working in university management with a responsibility for the physical asset of the estate.’ - Professor Veronica Campbell, Bursar & Director of Strategic Innovation, Trinity College Dublin

As universities capitalise on the knowledge cluster effects they have on the cities, regions and countries in which they operate, seminal works such as University Trends are poignant reminders of the important role universities play in creating great cities, places and civil societies. By showcasing the very best examples of urban design, architecture and place making in a world driven by research, teaching and learning, University Trends brings into sharp focus the driving factors that grant some universities the privilege of a higher ranking on a number of important measures. This book is a must-read for all university boards, executives and Vice-Chancellors contemplating their position in a globally competitive knowledge economy.’ - Andy Sharp, Director Facilities and Services, Australian National University

‘As demands on universities continue to grow and become more complex, with budgets more and more restricted, an insistent reminder of the importance of their physical environment is vital. The authors of this book continue to raise awareness of the significant relationship between university buildings and their landscape and the learning experience. With this volume, they challenge us to think through the relevance and rationale of current building and master planning typologies and challenge us to clarify our thoughts about the future, putting a forecast of priorities before us. Their work is an invaluable stimulus to aim for high quality progressive design.’ - Paul Williams, Founding Partner, Stanton Williams