Scoping the Future of the Higher Education Campus

In: The Translational Design of Universities


Campus planners are required to design campuses to last for decades and even centuries, but the rapid fragmentation and availability of knowledge sources is necessitating a rethink of what it means to plan strategically. University vice chancellors and presidents the world over are now having to adopt an agile, adaptive and flexible strategic planning framework to deliver the university’s mission, so how should campus planners and designers respond? This chapter reviews the scholarly literature and the expert views of practitioners in campus planning (both virtual and physical) to take a position on what campus planners might need to look out for over the next ten years as they strive to align the virtual and physical infrastructure with their respective university missions. The overall methodology used in this study is based around traditional doctoral research approaches, using a number of mixed method (qualitative and quantitative) research tools which include systematic literature reviews, Delphi study online surveys and selected interviews. The two-year study arrived at some conclusions as to what the university campus might look like in 2030.


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