Planning for Higher Education Journal

Constructing the Interdisciplinary Ivory Tower

The Planning of Interdisciplinary Spaces on University Campuses
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From Volume 36 Number 3 | April–June 2008
By Michael S. Harris, Karri Holley
Planning Types: Campus Planning

The demand for interdisciplinary teaching and research suggests the need to understand how universities are undertaking and fostering interdisciplinarity. Through an examination of strategic and master plans at 21 research universities, this article explores how institutions plan and foster interdisciplinary engagement through the use of space on campus. The construction of such space acknowledges that the discrete functions of the university, frequently attributed to the disciplines and departments, are not generally conducive to interdisciplinary engagement. Physical space is a necessary component for successful interdisciplinary initiatives both functionally and symbolically.

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