by Robert Spencer Barnett
This project examines the evolution of the campuses of Harvard, Yale, Penn, Princeton, and Columbia (collectively referred to in this study as “the Five”) from their founding, through the centuries of their development, and into the future to better understand how academic and other forces gave form to the buildings and grounds and how historical outcomes may inform future growth.
Essays and illustrations present and analyze the vision plans currently under consideration by each university. As these plans are works-in-progress, web links are provided to follow evolution beyond today. A capstone essay titled “Hindsight-Foresight” presents themes linking the past, present, and future of campus development at the Five. The goal of the project–through publication, exhibition, and live presentation/discussion–is to engage campus planners, other design professionals, and architectural historians in further exploring how academic and other forces gave form to the buildings and grounds and how historical outcomes may inform future growth.
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Robert Spencer Barnett, AIA has during his 35 year career practiced architecture, written for the architectural press, photographed historic buildings and taught at schools of architecture. Mr. Barnett served Princeton University in several capacities, including Vice Provost for University Space Planning, Assistant Director of the Office of Physical Planning and Program Manager in the Office of Design and Construction. He received the Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning.