The Dynamic Decade: Creating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001-2011

The Dynamic Decade: Creating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001-2011

by David R. Godschalk, Jonathan B. Howes


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The Dynamic Decade tells the story of the sweeping makeover of the 200-year old campus of the University of North Carolina. Six million square feet of new buildings were constructed and a million square feet of historic buildings were renovated during one vibrant ten-year period. To make this massive growth work required bold thinking. A new Master Plan created a vision for combining historic preservation, green building, and long-range development. A statewide bond issue for higher education capital facilities, supplemented with outside support, generated $1.5 billion in capital funding. Previous town-gown tensions were swept aside as university officials and elected leaders collaborated on critical planning and zoning innovations. Award-winning plans and designs inspired new student living and learning communities. University facilities and construction staff doubled and a design review board formed to handle the increased load of new projects. Detailed design guidelines ensured that new development would be compatible with the traditional campus landscape as well as sensitive to environmental conservation. Written by authors who held major planning roles and supplemented with key player interviews, the book describes the politics, planning, and design that shaped the Dynamic Decade. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs and maps, this comprehensive account offers valuable lessons to all concerned with sustainable university growth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469607252
Publisher: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Edition description: 1
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David R. Godschalk is Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He chaired the Chancellor's Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Design and Operations Team for the 2001 Campus Master Plan.

Jonathan B. Howes chaired the Executive Steering Team of the 2001 Campus Master Plan and was co-convener of the first steering committee for the Horace Williams tract. He has served as director of the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies.

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As the person who succeeded Chancellor James Moeser, I am extremely grateful for all that was accomplished in what the authors of this book have described as "the Dynamic Decade." The transformation of the UNC campus made possible by a carefully designed master plan, a strategically achieved development plan, a politically charged bond referendum, and an ambitiously imagined fundraising initiative was at its height when I moved into the Chancellor's office.—Holden Thorp, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from the Afterword

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