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I'm really excited by the topic of this thread; I care very deeply in understanding the physical growth of college campuses throughout their growth periods.

Many universities are continuing to grow with master plans, specifically to enhance social interaction and functionalism on college campuses, which may have grown too quickly or directionless, or not have had previous opportunities to expand before. This is a particular fascination to me as well, as the physical demands exceed what can be delivered.

I encourage everyone to post pictures of anything relevant to the physical development from a historical, current or futuristic view point. I too will be posting about my alma mater, Hofstra University in New York, and it's transformation in it's first master plan.
 

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How about a comparison of some prominent university rotundas. I'm a huge fan of their classical and institutional look.

I have a list of universities here,

University of Virginia
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Syracuse University
Duke University
Southern Methodist University
Columbia University


University of Virginia: The Rotunda



Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Barker Library



Syracuse University: Hendricks Chapel



Duke University: Baldwin Auditorium



Southern Methodist University: Dallas Hall



Columbia University: Low Memorial Library




What's your vote? Any thoughts on these? Quite amazing buildings if you ask me. Anyone go to any of these schools?
 

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Terrific. Shame, we as humanity, struggle to create such beautiful buildings today. Instead, we go for unimaginative, dull glass boxes that lack any soul or emotion at all. Truly depressing if you ask me.
 
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Terrific. Shame, we as humanity, struggle to create such beautiful buildings today. Instead, we go for unimaginative, dull glass boxes that lack any soul or emotion at all. Truly depressing if you ask me.
I know what you mean about the glass designs. This is especially problematic with student centers/unions.
 

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Here is an example of a rotunda built to defy the architectural constructs but it isn't very exciting. This is the Rotunda at Marist College, on the banks of the Hudson River.

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/105/252577725_7143776aec_z.jpg?zz=1

I definitely feel the sign is too big, and the front looks too busy for the scale. Some of the other university rotundas are much larger and can get away with the ornamentation.

Now you can see that Marist spent some money making it look more traditional. I think it is an improvement.

http://www.marist.edu/about/construction/images/rotundaJanuary15-2.jpg
 

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It is a decent endowment and in line with being a flagship state university, but its certainly no Harvard or Stanford endowment!

This is a cool list of endowments.
I did an endowment study my last semester of college and I often referenced this website, NACUBO. It is very interesting to watch these universities grow and compete against each other. It is, however, too often the case where the institution's initiatives do not end up promoting the student but the administrations and board of trustees....

http://www.nacubo.org/Research/NACUBO-Commonfund_Study_of_Endowments/Public_NCSE_Tables.html
 

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I'm mostly an eclectic type, seeing different styles and eras of architecture. UH Manoa mostly grew during the 1950s onward, becoming a very compact campus it is today.

University of Hawaii Manoa


source http://www.oahurealty.net/blog/pictures-of-old-hawaii.html


source http://www.studentenquiry.org/profile/shidler-college-of-business-at-the-university-of-hawaii

Korean Studies Building
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University of Hawaii Campus, Korean Studies Building February 13, 2012 13 full by ישעיה טשערויין, on Flickr

Hawaii Hall
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Something or Rather Hall by Maxx R, on Flickr

Gartley Hall
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Gartley Hall reopening by University of Hawaii System, on Flickr

Jefferson Hall Conference Center
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Jefferson Hall Conference Center by Darren Bradley, on Flickr


Jefferson Hall Conference Center by Darren Bradley, on Flickr


source http://www.eastwestcenter.org/


source http://www.eastwestcenter.org/about-ewc/campus-maps/japanese-garden

Pacific Ocean Science & Technology Building
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source http://www.emporis.com/buildings/221412/pacific-ocean-science-technology-building-honolulu-hi-usa

International Gateway Hall Tower 2
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source http://www.emporis.com/buildings/221411/international-gateway-hall-tower-2-honolulu-hi-usa

Hale Manoa Dormitory
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source http://www.emporis.com/buildings/128714/hale-manoa-dormitory-honolulu-hi-usa

Hale Aloha Lokelani Tower
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source http://www.emporis.com/buildings/148822/hale-aloha-lokelani-tower-honolulu-hi-usa

Due to the compact nature of the campus, expansions are very hard for manoa. The latest being a student rec center, that expands on the existing student center next door. It sits only a few yards from either building.



Dorms are a mixture of 3-story and 10-story buildings mostly clustered on the southeast side of the campus above the Athletics complex that were built within a quarry pit. (Hale Aloha Lokelani Tower, International Gateway Hall Tower 2)

Other dorms can be located in the East-West center, the center itself being one of I.M. Pei's work. (Jefferson Hall, Hale Manoa Dormitory)
 

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Those Indiana University buildings are fantastic. Collegiate Gothic and Art Deco mixed into a very futuristic and still traditional impression. Of course Indiana University better have Indiana limestone and make buildings that best use the material. They're on the right track.
 

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Some interesting architectural styles there :)
 
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My sister is a Smith College alumni, and was privileged to experience such a beautiful campus, who she only had to share with 2000 other students or so.

Smith, in western Mass, has a rule enforced by the administration that any building on it's campus must be built in the style of the decade in which it is built in. Incredible honestly.

There are many notable buildings on the campus. For starters, the student center, built by Weiss/Manfredi Architects

http://www.architravel.com/architravel_wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Smith_College_Campus_1.jpg

http://www.architravel.com/architravel_wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Smith_College_Campus_4.jpg

Seelye Hall

http://hcap.artstor.org/collect/cic-hcap/index/assoc/p1562.dir/Seelye Hall, Smith College-large.jpg

The Greenhouses
https://www.smith.edu/garden/photos/Lyman-w-clematis.jpg

Cutter-Ziskind Dorms

http://perkinswill.com/sites/default/files/styles/pw_hero_image/public/project-imagery/Vanderwarker-5872sm.jpg?itok=vpHORl6l

Sage Hall

http://www.moodyscollectibles.com/pixfiles23/23943.jpg

The Quad

http://www.arphotographs.com/img/s2/v51/p354440742-3.jpg

Really a special place to be.
 

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Did I forget to mention that the campus was originally designed by Fredrick Olmsted? The guy who designed Central Park :nuts:

Here is a video tour with a professor of the Smith College campus. It's a great video with a lot of detail.
 

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This is the University of Gloucestershire's Francis Close Hall Campus in Cheltenham, England. This is where I went to university.



I live in Birmingham, England and this is the University of Birmingham. The original red brick university, and features Old Joe. The worlds tallest freestanding clock tower. It is also the location of the last known global fatality of small pox.



Other universities in Birmingham include:

Aston University


Birmingham City University


Newman University


University College, Birmingham.
 
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