Saturday, 29 November 2008
by Carole Wedge, AIA, LEED AP
Leading Change: An Exploratory Process
Carole Wedge discusses how colleges and universities can respond to evolving technologies and work and learning practices, facilitating change and using it to organizational advantage. This article first appeared in the November/December 2006 issue of Educause.
Friday, 26 September 2008
LAS CRUCES, NM – Following the completion of its two-year renovation and expansion, New Mexico State University’s College of Education marked the re-opening of O’Donnell Hall with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration today.
Home to the College of Education since 1968, O’Donnell Hall was given a new and vibrant identity with the addition of a three-story wing, a new entry, additional classrooms, and an infusion of natural light. Michael Morehead, the College’s interim dean, called it “a magnificent building and… a place where future educators can learn and ...[more]
Monday, 30 June 2008
With its cafe and generous space, the glass-walled Pavilion is a wildly popular destination campus destination. The space evolved to embody a concept we call “safe space”: an environment that fosters comfort, honesty, and trust. The Pavilion sits near Duke’s iconic chapel, a subtle nod to the notion of library as inspirational space. Conversation and collaboration flow unhindered between the Pavilion and Perkins Library. Flexibility of time is integral to safe space, where formal and and informal meetings are neither limited or prolonged. This notion of flexible time takes the well-known “third place” concept a step further by extending and encouraging ...[more]
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Baltimore, MD – Amid fireworks and gala celebration, The Johns Hopkins University dedicated the Decker Quadrangle on the school’s Homewood campus today.
The $77 million project, under construction since 2005, includes Mason Hall, with a visitors’ center and admissions office, the 75,000 s.f. interdisciplinary Computational Science and Engineering Building and the 604-space South Garage, an underground structure covered by the grassy lawn of the Quad. The design of the complex reestablishes Homewood’s distinctive architectural style.
The Decker Quadrangle honors the late Alonzo Decker Jr., longtime chairman and CEO of Black & Decker Corp. and former Hopkins trustee, and his wife Virginia. Mason Hall is named in honor of Raymond A. “Chip” ...[more]
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
The award-winning Africana Studies Center at Cornell University was one of four projects showcased in the Brick Industry Association’s annual Brick in Architecture insert in the July issue of Architectural Record.
The $4,000,000 facility includes 6,000 new s.f. and 11,600 renovated s.f. of space. The palette and pattern of the Center’s brick exterior were inspired by the design of African textiles. The simplicity of the Center’s construction allowed the design team to meet the challenge of budget while satisfying its program, aesthetic and durability.
The project was completed in December 2005.
Monday, 21 May 2007
The May issue of College Planning and Management features the opening of Colgate University’s newly renovated Case Library and the Geyer Center for Information Technology.
Located at the base of the hilltop campus, the Library features a 24-hour study space, a cafe, and video conference center. Flexible workrooms are located on the new top level, which is directly accessible from the upper campus. A “Main Street” traverses the main library floor, connecting with campus pathways and creating an inviting campus portal. The renovation features an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) that provides archival-quality storage for 500,000 volumes. This provides accessible, high-density storage, retaining more materials on site while freeing ...[more]
Friday, 11 May 2007
Cambridge, MA – Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology held a 70th birthday celebration for Bessie and Victoria, the pair of life-sized bronze rhinoceros sculptures by Katherine Lane Weems that flank the entrance to Harvard’s Biological Laboratories. Featured speakers at the celebration included noted biologist E.O. Wilson. The two rhinos were adorned with makeup, jewelry and skirts for the festivities.
The Biological Laboratories were designed by Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch and Abbott in 1931; over 75 years later the building continues to be a central element of Harvard’s biology teaching and research programs.
In addition to sculpting the Labs’ beloved rhinos, Ms Weems also designed the entrance door panels and the ...[more]