C3 no.379_16 #3/10


The Looming Shift
University Buildings – The Looming Shift_Silvio Carta

University as a Mobile Way of Life
University as a Mobile Way of Life _ Paula Melâneo
– New Education Center for Utrecht University _ Ector Hoogstad Architecten
– Ryerson University’s New Student Learning Center _ Snøhetta + Zeidler Partnership Architects
– Toni-Areal _ EM2N

Spatial Innovation and Interaction of Faculty Buildings
Flexible, Fluid, Futures: Contemporary Faculty Buildings _ Heidi Saarinen
– DaeJeon University Convergence Space _ laboratory of architecture Hyupdongone
– The Technical Faculty SDU _ C.F. Møller Architects
– Studio Art Hall at Pomona College _ wHY
– Faculty of Fine Arts in Tenerife _ gpy arquitectos

University Services
Universities: Library and Learning Services _ Fabrizio Aimar
– Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College _ Studio Gang Architects
– National Taiwan University, College of Social Sciences Library _ Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
– Seoul National University Library Kwanjeong _ Tehje Architects
– Whitworth Art Gallery _ MUMA



The Looming Shift
University Buildings – The Looming Shift_Silvio Carta

Educational buildings are significantly changing over the course of the past decades. Universities around the world are gradually adapting their traditional buildings following the growing demand in society to have a more democratic, equal and diverse education system. C3 has covered several facets of this change in the past years, trying to depict this phenomenon from different points of view. Marco Atzori in C3 #310 discussed the impact of social and economic factors of society on the typological and linguistic characteristics of new university buildings.
In “Connecting Dots between Public Realm, Sports and School”(C3 #352) Andrew Tang concerned himself with the public spaces and sport-related facilities annexed to universities buildings: “New facilities are focusing on more than just sport fields, lockers, and weight rooms. The body and mind have become teammates, each as important as the other in ensuring their collective success”. The notable change which university buildings underwent from monumental presences in the city to more permeable and flexible entities has been discussed by Aldo Vanini in “Liberal and Functional”(C3 #353).
In “Learning in Fluid”(C3 #374) Isabel Potworowski pointed out what is perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the evolution of university buildings: the inversely proportional transition of academic institutions from centres built around teachers, scholars and their work, to student-centred buildings where the needs and demands of learners have superseded the old academic models. Potworowski explained that: “with the advent of the knowledge economy, new technologies, and flexible educational programmes, students have more choice and control over where, how, and when they learn, making them privileged customers to which universities cater as they compete for status and funds. Universities have responded by providing large, flexible spaces for active student-centred learning, often featuring natural elements or views to nature, simulating the environment of a college lawn”.

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C3 NO.379_1603




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