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Little by Little, We Will Arrive: Rebuilding a School in Haiti

Gensler Haiti

In the wake of one of the worst earthquakes in Haiti’s history, the world focused its attention on the extensive damage to the country’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. What went somewhat overlooked was that the catastrophe of equal magnitude that was unfolding on Haiti’s southern coast in the city of Jacmel, where as many as 70 percent of the homes were damaged or destroyed. The images left no doubt in our minds - we knew we needed to put our talents to use to help Haitians recover from this terrible disaster.

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The College Library is Ready for its Close-Up

It seems that every few decades, a shining star of a space gets its 15 minutes of fame on college campuses. At one time or another student unions, recreation centers, and student housing have each been the preferred perceived center of campus. And while students were busy hanging out in the food-rich and socially active student unions and the fitness oriented recreation centers, it seemed that the book repository had been forgotten. The role of school library—that place where students used to read, touch and smell the thousands of books that are neatly shelved on rows in these cloistered, quiet study areas—is evolving as fast as the technologies we now rely on to get information.

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Bike Lots & City Blocks

The design mavens who work at Columbia College are fond of referring to the school’s collective sensibility as “the grit and the glamour.” Columbia not only embraces a quirky juxtaposition of fabulous design within a gritty urban context – it celebrates it.

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Healthy Friction

The volatile relationship between a college and the community that surrounds it is often as old as the institution itself.

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What Makes a Great Learning Space?

What is it that makes a great learning space? Some experts would have us believe that learning spaces need state-of-the-art audio-visual systems connected to worldwide networks. Others seem to think that if you can move the furniture around, you can create something special.

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