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News - 03.06.20
The Forum at Columbia University

Catherine Selby at SCUP North Atlantic Regional Conference

How does an Ivy League university plan and design pivotal campus facilities to meet current and future needs of its users in a rapidly changing educational landscape? What strategies are used to design a campus that fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration and integrates seamlessly into the fabric of the local community?

On March 10, Dattner Architects’ Catherine Selby and Columbia University’s Denise Ferris will discuss many of these issues and more at The Society for College & University Planning (SCUP) North Atlantic Regional Conference in New Haven, CT.

Title: Inclusive & Pivotal: University Buildings Designed to Serve the Community
Date/Time: 3/10/2020 at 8:30-9:30am
Location: Omni New Haven at Yale, Temple

Conference attendees will learn how the partnership between Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), Dattner Architects, and Columbia University created the Forum – the gateway to Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus. This multipurpose facility features a state-of-the-art 437-seat auditorium to host academic conferences, meetings, and symposia. Additional meeting rooms, offices, and open gathering spaces provide generous shared meeting space. A highly visible and iconic component of the new campus, this academic conference center is designed to encourage thought-leaders and scholars from across the university and the world to come together to share ideas. The Forum’s ground floor flexible spaces establish an “Urban Layer,” further opening the facility spaces to the local community, establishing an important connection to both the neighborhood and city. Dattner Architects served as Executive Architect to RPBW.

SCUP unites the best of college, university, and professional planners. Creating a range of learning opportunities, from publications to SCUP conferences, SCUP offers its members a community to share perspectives, resources, best practices, and new ideas that move challenges to solutions.

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