Everything is connected
More than ever before, institutions realize their success is connected directly to the vitality and livability of their host community. Institutions that engage with their community to implement quality of life and economic improvements greatly benefit from the effects. Planners need to build connections beyond the programmatic and physical campus. A vibrant plan with strong opportunities for interaction comes from incorporating the community and its stakeholders in the design process.
No campus is an island
One way for colleges and universities to continue moving forward in today's challenging economy and complex political environment is to forge more public-private and intra-agency partnerships. These partnerships advance common institutional, community, and state goals in a cost-effective manner. Integrating community into the planning process leads to aligned priorities and beneficial strategic alliances.
Civic engagement improves higher education
Most institutional missions emphasize community engagement to foster students' understanding of the importance of contributing to society. Shared facilities are a growing institutional focus. Integrating community with campus planning efforts creates greater synergies and economies, resulting in increased civic engagement.
Quick Case Study:
Portland State University, District Framework Plan; Portland, Oregon
Portland State University and the city of Portland have a uniquely collaborative relationship—the city's mayor and the university's president work together to produce mutually beneficial results. Building on the relationship between the city and PSU, Sasaki's plan proposes a development strategy that leverages these partnerships in an integrated, mixed-use manner to guide the university's future growth within the University District. Uses are not only mixed, but shared. Transparency permeates the environment, making the academic and social life of the university visible to all.
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Portland State University (PSU) is a large and dynamic urban research institution with over 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. With rapid growth in enrollment...