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The City as Campus

Urbanism and Higher Education in Chicago

2010
Author:

Sharon Haar

The City as Campus

A social and design history of the urban campus

The City as Campus uses Chicago as a case study to examine how universities interact with their urban contexts. Illustrating how Chicago serves as a site of pedagogical transformation and a location for the larger purpose of the academic community, Sharon Haar presents a social and design history of the urban campus as an architectural idea and form.

In The City as Campus, Sharon Haar illuminates the highly-charged relationship of higher education to the American metropolis, using as a case study the University of Illinois, Chicago, the exemplary model of the massive urban commuter campus that has become the dominant form of higher education in so many metropolitan regions.

Robert Fishman, University of Michigan

We are witnessing an explosion of universities and campuses nationwide, and urban schools play an important role in shaping the cities outside their walls. In The City as Campus, Sharon Haar uses Chicago as a case study to examine how universities interact with their urban contexts, demonstrating how higher education became integrated with ideas of urban growth as schools evolved alongside the city.

The City as Campus shows the strain of this integration, detailing historical accounts of battles over space as campus designers faced the challenge of weaving the social, spatial, and architectural conditions of the urban milieu into new forms to meet the changing needs of academia. Through a close analysis of the history of higher education in Chicago, The City as Campus explores how the university’s missions of service, teaching, and research have metamorphosed over time, particularly in response to the unique opportunities—and restraints—the city provides.

Illustrating how Chicago serves as a site of pedagogical transformation and a location for the larger purpose of the academic community, The City as Campus presents a social and design history of the urban campus as an architectural idea and form.

The City as Campus

Sharon Haar is associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the editor of Schools for Cities: Urban Strategies.

The City as Campus

In The City as Campus, Sharon Haar illuminates the highly-charged relationship of higher education to the American metropolis, using as a case study the University of Illinois, Chicago, the exemplary model of the massive urban commuter campus that has become the dominant form of higher education in so many metropolitan regions.

Robert Fishman, University of Michigan

Haar... highlights the historical relationship between city and urban university in a way that adds to our collective knowledge of both of these subjects. After reading Haar’s work, one would be hard-pressed to understand the history of twentieth century Chicago without putting higher education front and center.

Journal of Illinois History

Haar’s volume contributes mightily to our knowledge of what has been and might be.

Architect’s Newspaper

The City as Campus

Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1. New Institutions for a New Environment: Pedagogical Space in the Progressive City
2. City as Laboratory: Hull-House and the Rise of the Chicago School
3. Modern City, Modern Campus: Institutional Expansion and Urban Renewal in the Post-War Era
4. Classrooms off the Expressway: A New Mission for Higher Education
5. “Model of the Modern Urban University”: The New Spatial Form of the Chicago Circle Campus
6. Campus Revolt: The Reform of the Commuter University
7. City as Campus: University Space in the Global City
Conclusion

Notes
Index