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Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities

Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities

The Role of Living Laboratories

Edited by Ariane König

Now that the Earth has reached the limits of its biophysical carrying capacity, we have to change technologies, social practices and social norms relating to material production and consumption to ensure that we do not further jeopardize the functioning of our planet’s life support systems. Through research, education and civic engagement, universities have a pivotal role to play in this transition. This timely book explores how universities are establishing living laboratories for sustainable development, and examines the communication networks and knowledge infrastructures that underpin impact both on and beyond the campus.

Chapter 11: How can physical campus planning support universities in their development and ultimately help cities change?

Bojan Baletić and Mikala Holme Samsøe

Subjects: education, education policy, geography, cities, politics and public policy, education policy, social policy and sociology, education policy, urban and regional studies, cities


How can the physical framework of our campus be used to improve our university and enable it to fulfill its role? Learning forms and subject boundaries are changing; new demands for sustainability and flexible building structures have emerged. And we are currently witnessing a different interplay between education, research and the surrounding world. These current challenges of universities potentially have significant physical impacts. They will influence target building occupation rates and the number of square meters that are needed, functional attributes of buildings such as the character of the library, the seats in the auditorium and the place a professor’s office is situated. These challenges will also influence the need for spaces for interaction, the search for identity and the entire location, and the appearance a university is given within a city, region or country.

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