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Creating a Sense of Community on Urban College and University Campuses

Author Peter Bacevice and Bennet Dunkley

Tags Insight, News

Urban campuses have unique planning and design challenges when it comes to creating a sense of place that reflects both their global ambitions and local commitments to a variety of stakeholders.

The urban college and university campus is a unique institutional form. It is more than just an academic institution in a city setting; it is a unique spatial typology characterized by a mix of planning and design elements that incorporate features from learning environments, workplaces, public spaces, R&D centers, living spaces, and cultural spaces (Haar 2010). Large cities provide colleges and universities located within their boundaries a dynamic place in which to situate curricular experiences. For these institutions, a city is not just a context to study, but rather a cause to engage and shape.

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This article was originally published in the Planning for Education Journal, Volume 47, Number 1 | October-December 2018 by the Society for College and University Planning.

About the Authors:

Pete Bacevice, Ph.D., is Director of Research at HLW and a research associate with the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Bennet Dunkley, AIA, is a Principal at HLW who leads the firm’s higher education practice. He is based in New York City.