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ERIC Number: EJ862958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Inspired Landscapes
Brandon, Robert; Spruch, Arthur
American School & University, v81 n3 p360-362 Nov 2008
It has been nearly 400 years since Harvard College was created, and since then, thousands of colleges and universities have been built across the United States. From the classically inspired lines of Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia to the Spanish architecture at Stanford University, every campus has its own personality. It's not unusual, however, for that personality to become diluted over time. A campus' character evolves through the years as new buildings are erected and roadways created. Sometimes, development is undertaken in a haphazard, case-by-case manner. When development isn't handled strategically, the campus can begin to take on a jumbled, ad hoc feeling. This is particularly true of campus landscapes. For instance, it isn't unusual for students to create their own shortcuts from residence halls to classroom areas; before long, those shortcuts become well-worn pathways. In response, universities often will pave these pathways, turning them into formal walkways. Although it may seem to make sense to accommodate students in this way, this practice can have the unintended result of undermining the architectural cohesion of that part of the campus. If universities pursue this type of unplanned development too often, their campuses can become a jumble of facilities and walkways that diminish the campus' image, utility and livability. Many universities have learned this lesson the hard way and find themselves trying to undo decades of chaotic landscape development. A number of schools are initiating landscape facelifts to create more attractive, productive and livable environments. The first step for colleges or universities trying to make better use of their land is a careful analysis of the campus and how land use fits into the overall planning strategy. An effective campus landscape-improvement plan is part of this process; it will enhance functionality and aesthetics, promote a stronger sense of community, and forge a stronger bond among students, staff, visitors and the campus itself. This article describes how to turn tired campuses into classic spaces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts