Campus of the future: Managing a matter of solid, liquid and gas

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At the beginning of the 21st century many thought that bricks would be replaced by clicks on campus. However, the universities’ campus managers had a different story to tell. Indeed, there were more clicks to facilitate, but not to replace the bricks. The virtual campus would emerge, but the physical campus would stay. With increasing pressure on environmental and financial resources, strategic choices need to be made to preserve the university’s heritage and legacy, to accommodate the network organisations that universities have become and to support the mobile community that needs a home base to return to.

The campus of the future is a combination of solid, liquid and gas. This metaphor from physics refers to three states of matter, resembling the traditional, network and virtual university. This book aims at reaching different kinds of stakeholders – policy makers, users, controllers, engineers, designers and other decision makers – by speaking their language and engaging them all in collectively shaping the campus of the future.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Number of pages200
ISBN (Print)9789463664523
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

This book is based on the inaugural address entitled “Campus matters”, given by prof. dr. ir. Alexandra C. den Heijer at the occasion of her installation on Wednesday November 13, 2019, following the resolution of the Executive Board to appoint her as professor of Public Real Estate, within the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).


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