In 2014, Sasaki completed a study of Dartmouth College’s residential life
experience. Following recommendations from this study, the college officially
moved to a house system in 2016. This change will strengthen community, promote
continuity of friendship over students’ college careers, and increase
opportunities for deeper intellectual engagement through informal interactions. The six house communities are formed from
clusters of existing residence halls, many of which were
built between 1920–50. As this housing stock had not been built
to accommodate student life needs, four
communities required additional common space to support the new house
programming. Sasaki designed two temporary House Centers to meet this need. The design
team embraced the concept of “temporary” buildings to rethink
traditional models of residential life construction. A demonstration
of the team’s forward-looking thinking, the
structures provide several benefits. Low cost and simple design
enabled fast construction to support the new system; flexible programming
enables the discovery of what spaces work best in support of future residence
hall construction; and the buildings can be adapted to suit future uses.
two buildings were completed in time for the Fall 2016 semester and have been
an immediate success with students. Several students have commented on how
these buildings provide a space that was previously lacking. These buildings
offer a “living room” feel—more casual than the library, more intimate than the
dining hall, and more social than the traditional residence halls.
architectural styles vary, reinforcing the experimental intent. House Center A
is a tensile membrane structure that emits a soft glow at night, while House
Center B is a wood frame building with cement-board cladding and
floor-to-ceiling windows. Both have open floorplans and exposed structural and
mechanical systems. Movable furniture encourage students to “own” the space,
testing configurations that complement their needs.
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In 2015, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey embarked on an ambitious
program to rethink and reconsider the entire educational model at the core of
the institution. Dubbed the Tec 21 Educational Model,...