Planning for Higher Education Journal

Relic or Relevant

Is Stanford University’s Main Quad Still a Place for Community Engagement?
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From Volume 48 Number 1 | October–December 2019
By Sapna Marfatia, Maggie Burgett, and Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Stanford University, University of Oxford

The quadrangle is a medieval-European legacy adapted by American universities during the nineteenth century. Given technological advances and changes in society, is the nineteenth-century icon changing? Will the American campus look different in the future? With a selected group of students, faculty, alumni, and staff, we discussed the relevance—past, present, and future—of Stanford University’s Main Quadrangle—as a venue for discourse and community engagement. Despite it being a relic, we concluded that the Main Quad continues to be the heart of the Stanford campus community.

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