Episode 7 American College Campus Part 1

The American college and university campus is an excellent example of a type of public space/prototypical town or small city on its own, always with a pedestrian network. It is an integral element in a common experience of the modern planning professional as well as the seminal growing up experience of every post-WWII generation. We explore in this episode and next the foundations of the American higher educational system, where its designs emerged from, and the societal philosophies and trends those designs have expressed.
Notes - Episodes 5 and 6
Colleges and common space

In episodes 5 and 6, we look at the history of the American college and university campus from the commencement of British American settlement through modern times. The open and public spaces of campuses, as well as the design of buildings and overall layouts, reflect societal trends, philosophies, and prejudices as much as the changing purpose of higher education itself. We explore starting with the first colleges, their charters and founding as institutions meant to educate upper class white men through the post World War II period that has seen a democratization of higher education.  

Our moments in equity for these two episodes look at how college establishment and funding were intimately connected to the slave trade, slave labor, and the profits from the sale of slaves in the British colonies and in the pre-Civil War United States.

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Moments in Equity
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Episode 7 American College Campus Part 1
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