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Symposium celebrates architectural legacies, explores higher education's needs
26 Jan 2000


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John Galen Howard: Aerial perspective Study for Administration Auditorium, Men's Gymnasium, Armory, and Stadium (Ellsworth Site), 1922




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Successes and failures of post-World War II college planning

Related stories, sites, photos



Increasing enrollment demands, seismic retrofitting and the need for competitive, cutting-edge facilities lend critical timeliness to the upcoming UC Berkeley program, "Designing the Campus of Tomorrow."

A "long dry spell" of no new campus development at research universities is ending, said John Douglass of UC Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education, an organizer of the Thursday, Feb. 10, symposium aimed at campus planners, architectural historians, administrators and design professionals.

The program will look at design contributions of the past and looming physical challenges of the future for institutions of higher learning.

Symposium participants will initiate their discussion by examining UC Berkeley, starting with its international master plan competition sponsored by benefactress Phoebe Hearst, and following through to construction-guided by the Hearst Architectural Plan - of the classical buildings that still define the core of the Berkeley campus.

"The Hearst Plan was an effective blueprint for the creation of a physical campus to match and showcase the university's other aspirations," said event co-organizer Steve Finacom of the Center for Studies in Higher Education. The other goals included building a strong faculty and administration, as well as a campus with an impressive physical presence and international reputation.

Successes and failures of post-World War II college planning

Campanile

John Galen Howard: Preliminary Study for Campanile, 1903


Participants will also explore successes and failures of post-World War II college planning in California. New campus construction peaked in the late 1950s and early '60s with the development of three new UC campuses and eight new campuses within the California State University system. California's community colleges added more than 30 campuses during that period.

"The rapid physical expansion of UC and CSU, often on the cheap, and in an era of sometimes brutal generic designs devoid of any sense of region or place," said Douglass, "has left a legacy that stands in sharp contrast to the core of the Berkeley campus.

"Colleges and universities are more than teaching factories, but are important public spaces that in no small measure reflect the values of society."

The symposium will consider UC Berkeley's efforts to develop its "New Century Plan" to renew and modernize facilities for scholars and researchers at the 113-year-old campus. The plan is tentatively set for completion later this year and will guide UC Berkeley academic and physical planning.

Among the symposium participants are: UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl; UC Merced Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey; Harrison Fraker, dean of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design; Donlyn Lyndon, former chair of UC Berkeley's School of Architecture; and Robert Judson Clark of Princeton, guest curator of the Berkeley Art Museum's "Roma/Pacifica" exhibit.

Source: Kathleen Maclay, Public Affairs




RELATED STORIES, SITES, PHOTOS:

Full press release

"Designing the Campus of Tomorrow" website

Historical documents and images

Symposium program

"Roma/Pacifica" exhibit (highlights each phase of UC Berkeley's development through original sketches, documents, photos and stunning large-scale drawings)

 

  


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