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Sense of Place

One reason this urban, land-locked school's identiTy wasn't fully understood was its lack of a central meeting place. As part of a campus rebranding effort, The University of Baltimore Student Center building has become a "literal and figurative 'face' of UB," says spokesman Chris Hart.

06/2006

FUNCTION: Sports and rec center featuring interactive art exhibits and displays of athletics history at Haverford College, a 1,140-student school.

05/2006

If executed, the winning scheme in the fourth annual Urban Land Institute's student urban design competition would change the way Saint Louis University (Mo.) students interact with their surroundings. Teams from throughout the nation were charged with designing a development site bordering SLU and the proposed Chouteau Greenway, a mixed-use development that will join two city parks.

This campus is not just located in Brooklyn Heights. It truly serves the community there, with this new building and others.

After multiple additions, the character of an original building can get lost. But what's old can be made new again.

FUNCTION: Campus center for groups, special uses, and everyday social interaction among students and staff at Texas Tech.

With a fountain, cupolas, and other aesthetic features, a 32,500-square-foot plaza serves as a campus centerpiece while alleviating a parking crunch for this Hyde Park, N.Y., college.

FUNCTION: Located in front of Roth Hall, Anton Plaza is an everyday gathering place that also can be used for outdoor banquets.

FUNCTION: Rec center and student lounge

FUNCTION: Social hub (dining hall, meeting and lounge space, snack bar, convenience store) for campus community of four residence halls

It's fitting that the central campus of CPCC, located seconds from downtown Charlotte, N.C., has an inviting front door.

Function: Multi-use facility with performing arts space (including a 1,000-seat theater), studios and classrooms, and a student life center.

When designing this residence hall, the project team at Swarthmore College (Pa.) had community building in mind.

Function: Dormitory for 75 students (of the approximately 1,300 living on campus this semester).

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