ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Reaching Higher: Planning Campuses for the Sharing Economy

Loop U consortium shares resources with peer colleges in Chicago.

OVERVIEW 

The sharing economy is gaining momentum as innovative start-ups allow individuals to be both service provider and consumer at the touch of a smartphone app.

Have a car but need some cash? Uber lets you work as taxi driver for a day. Need a ride but can't afford a taxi? Uber connects you with a driver--a twist on the age-old carpool. From renting a private townhouse for a weekend getaway to sharing office spaces and equipment with other freelancers, the sharing economy allows individuals and businesses to lower overhead, control expenses, and increase revenue.

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Topics: Education

Up Close: Kaveh Amirdelfan, AIA, DBIA

Kaveh Amirdelfan is a principal specializing in higher education architecture with HGA. His work includes campus master planning to student life, instructional/classroom and science buildings. Always current on changes impacting higher education, he is a resource to campus leadership who must balance budgets, student needs and stakeholder voices when planning new facilities. Here, he talks about why higher education work inspires him and why, quite frankly, he loves meeting with clients.

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Topics: Education

Up Close: d'Andre Willis

WHAT ARE STUDENTS LOOKING FOR IN LEARNING SPACES TODAY?

Students are looking for opportunities to connect with each other and faculty on different levels, from in-person to social media. They are drawn to flexible spaces that support formal and informal activities. Learning is an active process, and many academic spaces today are blurring the lines between instructional time, lab time and personal time so that students can work collaboratively outside the classroom. Experiential learning supports workplace readiness, and encourages students to extend classroom learning to the broader campus, surrounding neighborhoods, regional community, and ultimately the workplace.

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Topics: Education

Designing a Safe Campus

Campus safety is a perennial concern for colleges and universities, yet addressing campus safety is unique to each institution. Creating a safe college experience is often a multifaceted process that begins with campus planning. The following are three planning strategies to increase students' sense of security:

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Topics: Education

Hope College: Bridging Town and Gown Opportunities

The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, reflects a growing trend among colleges to share educational and cultural resources with their hometown. By working together, campus and town can plan facilities that benefit curriculum and community needs. The following three points detail how Hope College created an exceptional new Music Hall that enriches the campus and Holland.

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Topics: Education, Arts & Culture

Ideas

HGA’s team of architecture, engineering, planning and design experts share their knowledge through research, published articles, white papers, and speaking engagements.