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the communal spaces to lure students out of their rooms and get them to take part
in group activities,” he explained.
Study spaces are equipped with small breakout rooms, movable furniture, and
whiteboard walls that allow students to quickly break into small groups to problem-solve or review and discuss content.
Designing for health and well-being was also a priority. None of the buildings are
more than five stories tall, and students are encouraged to use the stairs instead of
an elevator. The rooms have windows that are over twice the size of a typical dormitory window, providing ample natural light and views of nature.
In the “eco community,” which caters to ecology students, furniture and finishes
are made of low-VOC materials. The building also meets LEED Platinum standards
and includes a living green tower in the stairwell. The glass makes the buildings
highly transparent, which also has security implications—there are no dark corridors,
corners, or outside areas where someone could lurk unseen.
The academic villages have been well-received by faculty as well as current and
prospective students, according to Tonie Miyamoto, director of communications for
CSU’s housing and dining services. More importantly, they are producing positive
results. While it’s too soon to gauge how the villages will impact long-term academic
performance and graduation rates, the number of applicants has increased, as has
the number of upperclassmen who choose to live on campus. Typically students
spend their first year in the village and then move to other accommodations, but the
demand from returning students has been so high that a new building was recently
added to Academic Village. Other residential learning communities are in discussion.
Miyamoto attributes the success of the village model to how it changes the
dynamics of college life. “It’s a more holistic approach to learning and living on
campus,” she said. It is also a powerful example of how design can transform lives
for the better.
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, serves as the ASID National Chair,
Board of Directors and is a Professor of Interior Design and University Distinguished
Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University. ASID can be reached at 202-546-
3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and on the Web at asid.org.