Nonsense: finding a role for the illogical on university campuses

Traditionally, university campuses are realms of quiet reason; they are ordered and elegant environments. Facades of classical columns or polished minimalist constructions reinforce this pleasant, “academic” atmosphere. However, campuses are with surprisingly frequency places of revelry and anarchy too – and for good reason. Shouldn’t campus architecture engage with the wild, disruptive aspects of university…

Private ambitions: what more can universities do to ensure their buildings contribute to cities?

The best opportunities for architects to express their skills and challenge the possibilities of built form are provided today not by the Church or the State – but by universities. Unlike cathedrals, museums or railway stations, university buildings tend to be private, shielding both brilliant ideas and brilliant architecture from a wider public. Whilst it’s…

Windows on the World: worth polishing up

“You see, its not only about seeing in, its about seeing out,” says my guide around the new Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. If he didn’t look so artistically fragile, I would have hug him. For weeks now I’ve been walking around London’s many university campuses attempting to understand how…