University Planning and Architecture: The Search for Perfection

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The environment of a university — what we term a campus — has long been the setting for some of history’s most exciting experiments in the design of the built environment. Christopher Wren at Cambridge, Thomas Jefferson at Virginia, Le Corbusier at Harvard, Louis Kahn at Yale and Norman Foster in Berlin: the calibre of practitioners that have worked for universities is astounding.

This book comprehensively documents the worldwide evolution of university design from the Middle Ages to the present day, uncovering the key developments which have shaken the world of campus planning. A series of detailed and highly illustrated case-studies profile universally acclaimed campuses that, through their planning, architecture and landscaping, have succeeded in making positive contributions to the field. Drawing on these examples, the book turns to the strategies behind campus planning in today’s climate.

Exploring the importance of themes such as landscape, architecture, place-making and sustainability within university development, the book consolidates the lessons learnt from the rich tradition of campus development to provide a ‘good practice guide’ for anyone concerned with planning environments for higher education

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'Higher education is in flux. Programs have changed, some disciplines are entirely new. Technology, while ubiquitous, is equally in flux. The challenges for university planning architecture are formidable but exciting and those in the field need to be ten steps ahead of the curve. By providing valuable historical context and stellar case studies, this book provides an indispensable guide to designing the future of education.' - Allison Arieff, Contributing Columnist, The New York Times, USA

'University Planning and Architecture is a unique study of the best University campuses in the world; why they have developed as they have, where they have innovated and how they continue to evolve to meet the ever changing needs of what is rapidly becoming a gobal market place in education.' - Aidan S J Ridyard RIBA, Lecturer in Architecture and Principal at Burrell Foley Fischer Architects, London, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415571104
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Coulson and Paul Roberts are Directors of Turnberry Consulting, a development strategy consultancy created to assist 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 Trends: Contemporary Campus Design (2014), a survey of the trends currently shaping the fields of planning and architecture in higher education.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. University Planning and Architecture 1088-2010: A Chronology Chapter 2. Case Studies Aarhus University Columbia University Free University Berlin Harvard University Moscow State University Peking University Princeton University Qatar University Rice University Simon Fraser University Stanford University Temasek Polytechnic Trinity College, Dublin University of California at Berkeley University of California at Los Angeles University of Cambridge University of Cape Town University of Chicago University of Colorado at Boulder University of East Anglia University of Illinois at Chicago University of Oxford University of Pennsylvania University of Technology Petronas University of Virginia University of Western Australia Uppsala University Utrecht University Yale University Chapter 3. Designing the Twenty-First Century Campus

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