Future Campus, a collaboration between the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) and RIBA, shares the views of university academics, estates directors, architects and engineers involved in the creation of settings for university life. The book encourages long term thinking, and gives guidance on issues to consider throughout the creation and life of a building project to help support better learning, more effective research, and a happier university community.
Ian Taylor, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, edited the book. Ian has particular expertise in masterplanning and the design of cultural, university and school buildings. The editor believes that good outcomes result from good design, which should address elements such as learning from best current practice, the importance of clear briefing, good environmental performance, the positive social impacts and, also, the importance of ensuring a beautiful outcome.
Set out in four parts, the book identifies issues through the life cycle of our university environment that need critical attention. From first idea through to demolition, decisions made about our environment impact on its effectiveness in meeting our needs.
- Context and masterplanning: the future role of a campus, the estate’s role within a university community and creating an estates vision
- Space: defining pedagogical aims to influence spatial requirements, creating spaces that support flexibility, demand and outcome improvement
- Briefing design and construction: creating shared understanding and definining responsibilities in order to move towards a common goal
- Value and performance: Lessons from buildings in use, methodologies for post occupancy evaluations and the benefits of feedback.
Five key takeaways from Future Campus
- The growing online education model, combined with growing student numbers and expectations, are driving heavy investment and change in university estates.
- Universities are placing more emphasis on active learning and collaboration, moving away from traditional lecture halls. There is still demand for lecture halls but universities need to be prepared to make these flexible spaces.
- Universities are becoming much more transparent and open, collaborating at local and national levels as well as playing a bigger role in their communities.
- Educators highlight the following four things as being key to the future of higher education: democratisation of knowledge through the internet, globalisation, funding paradigms and bridges with industry.
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