Planning for Higher Education Journal

Build If You Must But Consider Found Space

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From Volume 3 Number 3 | June 1974
By Jane Lord, Stephen A. Kliment
Planning Types: Campus Planning

This is the fourth of seven articles to address the problem of what higher education can do to meet the space needs of new programs and a wider constituency, without resorting to new building. One way to meet space needs is to prospect for available space off campus and by means of rehabilitation or major conversion, to adapt this space to educational needs. This kind of space is known as "found space." Residential, commercial and industrial shifts in urban and suburban areas have left many large, solidly built structures vacant. Such structures are often convertible to educational uses at a cost far below that of constructing an equivalent facililty new. How administrators can find and adapt such found space is reviewed in this article. along with some useful examples. A larger selection of case studies of found space is on hand at Educational Faciilities Laboratories. These may be obtained on request from EFL, 477 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y., 10022. The information for these articles and the complementary case studies comes from a project jointly funded by the Office of Experimental Schools of the National Institute of Education (U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare), and by Educational Facilities Laboratories.

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