Stuckeman to host 'New Directions in Campus Urbanism' talk

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The “New Directions in Campus Urbanism,” a two-day discussion with architects, landscape architects, planners and historians in leading roles shaping the future of campuses and cities, begins today (April 11) at The Stuckeman School within Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture. Around the world, the connection between universities and communities is growing. For many, the university campus is a paradigm of an elite enclave, while others see it as an energizing force for the towns and cities around them. The university and its campus are known as centers of teaching, research and economic development, with hundreds of new and renewed campuses being built around the world. Yet we are only beginning to understand the potential of the university as a force in shaping places, on and beyond the campus. If the most important design project of the 21st century is a robust, resilient urbanism, how is the campus shaping it for today and the future?

This evening, colloquium convener and Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation Ray Gastil will present a brief overview of “New Directions in Campus Urbanism,” and introduce “Campus and City: An Evolving Boundary,” a talk by Sharon Haar, associate dean of the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts and professor of architecture at University of Illinois, Chicago.

On Friday, April 12, there will be two “Case Study in Context” sessions, followed by a “Next Steps” roundtable. The morning session, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will begin with “The Disaggregated Campus and other Decampments of the University,” with a focus on the future of the University of Toronto, one of the largest urban universities in North America, where speaker Richard M. Sommer serves as dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design Professor of Architecture and Urbanism. This will be followed by Arizona State University’s Phoenix Urban Research Lab, presented by its founding director, Nancy Levinson, now editor and executive director at Places@DesignObserver. Maxine Griffith, executive vice president, government and community affairs and special adviser for Campus Planning, will present Columbia University’s current campus design and planning.

The afternoon case study session, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., will begin with the contemporary university campus in China in urban and historical context, presented by Ron Henderson, professor of landscape architecture and Asian studies, and department head. James F. Lima, a nationally renowned expert in strategic planning and the economics of place-making, will present his perspective on the relationships between campus projects and urban revitalization.

The speakers will lead a final roundtable from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on the campus and its impact on 21st-century urbanism, in a discussion engaging students, faculty and the broader Penn State community.

The colloquium sessions are open. For more information or to indicate you will be attending the Friday sessions (and lunch), contact Karen Henrique

This Stuckeman Discussion in Design Innovation is supported by the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, College of the Arts and Architecture.

Thursday, April 11

6 to 7.30pm – The Campus + Urbanism Connection

Welcome: Nathaniel Belcher, director, Stuckeman School, and professor, architecture
Ray Gastil, “New Directions in Campus Urbanism”
Sharon Haar, “Campus and City: An Evolving Boundary”
Responses and discussion

Friday, April 12

10 to 12:30 -- Case Studies in Context: Toronto. Phoenix. New York.
Richard M. Sommer, “The Disaggregated Campus and other Decampments of the University”
Nancy Levinson, lessons, Phoenix Urban Research Lab, Arizona State University
Maxine Griffith, Columbia University’s Campus and the City
12:30 to 1:30, lunch
1:30-2:30  -- Case Studies in Context and Revitalization: China. New York. Revitalization.
Ron Henderson, the contemporary university campus in China in urban/historical context
James F. Lima, campuses and urban revitalization
2:30 to 3:30, Next Steps and New Directions for Campus Urbanism Roundtable
Discussion of the campus and its contribution to 21st-century urbanism, with speakers, students and faculty.

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Last Updated April 11, 2013