Precedent studies

Exploring the city-campus relationship

Aerial view of Chicago's World's Fair Grounds.

Chicago World's Fair Grounds

The interdependent, yet often contentious relationship between city and campus is one that has guided campus organization and design since the dawn of the university. As a complement to the studio and technical methods courses in the Urban Design Graduate Research Group, this intellectual domain will begin by studying the evolution of the university, the idea of campus, and its connection to place.

From the origins of Plato’s Academy and the emergence of the university in medieval Italy, to Oxbridge and the University of Virginia, students gained a deeper understanding of the university before working through a series of case studies on American universities that specifically focused on the challenge of expansion, the complexity of edge-condition, and the ever-tenuous relationship between a campus and its surrounding context.

Students examined the campus-community relationships of University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, The Ohio State University, Northeastern University, and Case Western Reserve University. First, students presented the history of each location’s unique town and gown divide, then visualized the historical change of edge conditions at each location through a series of drawings.

Spring 2017 | ARC 589 | Town and Gown Partnerships

Instructor: Greg Delaney

Andres Santandreu
Arisha Shahid
Brandon Baxter
Charles Canfield
Ho Kyung
Joshua Erni
Kailey Mcdermott
Kamillah Ramos
Krishna Dayalan
Mandeep Kaur
Marco Dasilva
Salwa Alawneh
St. John
Taylor Woolf

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