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Havens Joins Panel on Pandemic-Era Campus Design

Sasaki principal Greg Havens, AIA, AICP, recently spoke on a panel hosted by SCUP and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The panel, titled “Safe, Smart Campuses for the Pandemic and Beyond,” examined how campuses have employed design solutions to adapt to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The discussion explored questions such as: How can crowd density and flow in living, dining, educational, and research environments be better controlled? How can colleges create adequate quarantine and recovery areas even as they manage hard-hit budgets? Which changes should be thought of as temporary, and which should be considered an opportunity to better campus life and advance environmental goals long-term? Havens joined panelists Shawna Bolin, Associate Vice President of University Planning at Ohio University and Shannon Dowling, Senior Associate at Ayers Saint Gross. The conversation was moderated by Lee Gardner, Senior Writer for The Chronicle.

Watch the panel discussion here.

For more from Haven, read his article “Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19” in which he argues that the pandemic has accelerated the opportunity to provide accessible learning options on campuses.

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