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The Physical University: Contours of space and place in higher education

Michael Haggans (Visiting Scholar, College of Design, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA and Visiting Professor, Center for 21st Century Universities, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 9 February 2015




The purpose of this paper is to present an extended book review of “The Physical University”.


This article takes the form of a literature review focusing on one title.


This is an uneven collection of fragments of conventional late twentieth-century thinking about the physical campus. The future of the physical university, the campus is in doubt. Yet, only two of the dozen authors engage in this existential question.


The collection of articles ranges from purely philosophical to moderately practical. It is a poor summary of current thought and offers little guidance for dealing with the evolving future of the physical university.



Haggans, M. (2015), "The Physical University: Contours of space and place in higher education", On the Horizon, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 72-74.



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