University Affairs Magazine looks at the rising demand for student housing and new ways campuses are providing accommodation. Increasingly, private-public partnerships are entering the market, transforming the typically Spartan offerings of student residences to include amenities and social spaces not typically associated with life in a dormitory.
Diamond Schmitt Architects is at the forefront of this movement and the article highlights two recent examples and a third under construction in downtown Toronto: CampusOne, Parkside Student Residence, and the Spadina-Sussex project with University of Toronto. The article also cites two other Diamond Schmitt student residence projects underway in Hamilton and Montreal.
Design that fosters a sense of community is key to the success of these projects, which are typically located close to but off campus. “What students really want are the connections they make living for eight months in residence halls,” says Marisa Albanese, senior director of student housing and hospitality services at McGill University. “Those connections are crucial to the student experience.”
To read the full story on how social engagement and forward design are configured in these residences, please click here.