Globalization has created alongside trade an open international market for students. If cities want to engage in talent migration, high level decisions need to be made in order to accommodate the unique demands of an emerging innovation based economy. Universities, cities and industry need to collaborate better together towards forming new kinds of educational environments that often do not comply with the traditional campus model.

The ‘campus’ is a global phenomenon of increasing relevance to the contemporary city. Increasingly large school bodies like universities and other forms of higher education are reconsidering their position in society and rethinking their organisations. In the Netherlands, the postwar university campus as an isolated idyllic academic environment in combination with, the ever expanding size of school buildings with their back to the city are up for a thorough re-investigation.

While the expansion in size and relocation of large schools to peripheral sites is likely to continue into the future, present trends and challenges in education and learning environments suggest that the traditional education experience through one enclosed and dedicated space is no longer necessary or desirable. As an alternative, the campus model combines an urban atmosphere with openness. Old and new buildings of different scale and typology can be placed next to each other in a dense urban green. Because of this, the campus could offer a more urban and flexible structure, more suitable for the present trends and challenges of education in the Netherlands.

Campus without Boundaries” is a research and design project that asks the question, Can the campus be an alternative to the increasing size of all -in educational buildings through realigning their relationship to the existing city?

See the complete research here.