Globalization has created alongside trade an open international market for students. If cities want to engage in this talent migration, new spatial strategies need to be imagined that accommodate the needs of an emerging innovation based economy. Campus Without Boundaries and the Campus City Project are research and design based projects that study the meaning of the campus and it’s increasing relevance to the growth and revitalization of our cities. 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 City Project in turn asks, “Can the next generation campus be an urban model for the city in the future?”

There is growing evidence on how cities with both universities and strong connection with research and innovation outperform other more industrial based cities in their economic growth and resilience to change. Campus City Project takes this starting point as a basis for exploring what the knowledge and innovation based economy can mean to the city of Amsterdam in the future when examined from the perspective of the increasingly mobile student. Campus City Project capitalizes on the potential for organically expanding the center to the edges of the inner city to the A10 ring road. The project sets up a multi- scalar approach to create a new type of circular urban space, bringing research and design to bear on the built environment from a variety of fields. The next generation campus is about migrating away from dedicated closed off and static knowledge based environments to exploiting the spatial consequences of distributing education, industry and student start ups within the city as a closed circuit; the ubiquitous campus. Campus City Project literally circulates around this new type of campus start up model proliferating itself as a responsive and interactive system empowering and kick starting urban regeneration. 

Burton Hamfelt and John Bosch

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