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American Places : In Search of the Twenty-first Century Campus (Hardcover)

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American Places calls for campuses to be designed, not only to heighten the quality of the learning experience, but also as working demonstrations of ways in which places everywhere can be transformed into more healthy, humane, civic environments. For the college campus, "place" should mean much more than geography and physical setting. It represents the sum of the experiences, activities, events, and memories that occur within the campus boundaries. Today, American institutions of higher education are devoting renewed attention to the question of how the quality and character of place can support their goals. In doing so, campus communities are seeking to reclaim psychological ground that was lost in the decades after World War II, when the traditional virtues of campus coherence, human scale, and place distinction were overtaken by explosive growth in attendance and the growing prevalence of automobiles. The quest to make better places of college campuses has a critical practical dimension, Chapman maintains: it bolsters student and faculty recruitment, and it improves donor support in an increasingly competitive environment. But behind the pragmatic concerns lies the recognition of place as the all-important bridge between institutional traditions and the societal changes that higher education institutions must address in the new century to maintain their currency as important American places. The campus setting binds the memories of generations, giving it the perceived attribute of timelessness. American Places is a plea: that 21st-century American campuses will collectively adopt an ethic of place supported by principles of sustainability, authenticity, and community.


Publisher Praeger Pub Text
Mfg Part# 9780275985233
SKU 202280792
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0275985237
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0224
Publisher Praeger Publishers

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