The guiding vision for Purchase College is to cultivate arts education at the highest level while training and nurturing artists with a broad exposure to cross-disciplinary studies in the humanities and sciences. The Purchase campus was developed by the renowned modern architect Edward Larabee Barnes beginning in 1967 with the major campus complex completed in 1978. Since that time, there have been few facilities interventions to align space with modern pedagogy and innovations in student life. Purchase engaged Sasaki to create a facilities master plan that would render its campus congruent with pedagogical and social evolutions and its mission. Sasaki's plan provides criteria and guidelines for campus improvements and facilities development that supports the college's arts-focused academic mission and strategic vision.
Campus buildings are organized in a linear conﬁguration around a central paved mall, and each building houses a particular academic discipline. The mall serves as the sole area for socialization and collaboration between academic disciplines. Sasaki's plan sets forth strategies to facilitate more interdisciplinary learning. The plan improves both formal and informal learning environments with a focus on enhancing the collaborative spaces within the academically-siloed buildings.
The plan makes use of existing space and recommends a series of strategic renovations to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, learning, and research—particularly between the arts and liberal studies departments. Sasaki's plan incorporates collaborative spaces into underutilized portions of existing buildings. These new social learning nodes are located such that they form a connective system that complements the historic linear mall. The result is a campus with an extended network of public space to complement and expand the 1968 plan.
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