Campus-city relations: past, present and future

Alexandra den Heijer, Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel

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In the global knowledge economy, attracting and retaining talent is the most important mutual goal of universities and cities. They work together in the worldwide competition for talent. The locations of universities play an important role in the competitive profile of cities and regions because they concentrate this human capital. Simultaneously, the ideal university campus is increasingly resembling a city, with hotels and housing, restaurants, cafés, cultural and sports facilities, business space, and the traditional office and academic space. The campus of the future could be “the city” or “a city” in itself. The authors of this chapter seek to deepen understanding of the dynamic campus–city relations by describing the past, present, and future trends of the physical settings and functional mix of campuses. They discuss two extreme campus models and their associated advantages and disadvantages. The chapter might help stakeholders in universities and cities improve decisions that support their mutual goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeographies of the University
EditorsPeter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan, Laura Suarsana
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-75593-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-75592-2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameKnowledge and Space (KNAS)
ISSN (Print)1877-9220


  • University campus
  • Urban development
  • campus decisions
  • location
  • city
  • science parks
  • technology campuses
  • innovation
  • campus planning
  • knowledge economy


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