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Stanford’s Main Quad

“Relic or Relevant” in Discourse, Pedagogy, and Community Today?
Published 2019
Presented by Maggie Burgett, Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain, Sapna Marfatia
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Stanford University's historic Main Quadrangle reflects a unique design and mission as envisioned by the founders and communicated through its architecture. But does this model still contribute to student engagement and learning? We will discuss the pedagogical, civic discourse, and community function of the Stanford Quadrangle and Memorial Church, highlighting perspectives of students, faculty, staff and alumni. This presentation will address how a strong campus identity can create community engagement, facilitate discourse, and influence pedagogy through architecture that recalls the past, is relevant to the present, and can adapt to the future.

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