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Campus Alive - Transformation and Integration of University Work and Campus Space.


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore how strategic campus development can
contribute to sustain and develop universities as attractive places for learning and knowledge
development in a future of increased competition in higher education and research.
Background: Campus development is no longer about the construction of lecture halls,
reading rooms and offices, but an important strategic tool to attract and keep excellent
researchers, teachers and students. The paper reports from an ongoing campus development
project, 'Vision 2060', at NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Approach: Our approach is that buildings are functional frameworks for human activity, and
thus, that ideas about university space should be reconsidered as activities and demands on
performance changes. The argument is driven by systematic trend analysis, scenario
technique, and theoretical synthesis based on theory and research on Corporate Real Estate,
learning environments, and innovation.
Results: Successfully meeting opportunities and challenges related to the development of
campuses involve the need to understand the distinguishing characteristics and qualities of
the university, and the premises these qualities establish for sustainable campus development.
This understanding and knowledge is important for facilities managers, planners and
designers managing university campuses.
Practical implications: The demand for space that supports the fundamental characteristics
of experimentation, interdisciplinary work, education programs and collaboration with
private and public organizations is urgent. Indoor and outdoor space are expected to support
the ongoing activities for education and research, and they should encourage social life and


Academic chapter/article/Conference paper




  • Tore Haugen
  • Tone Merethe Aasen


  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Digital / Technology Management




Polyteknisk Boghandel og Forlag


Proceedings of CFM’s second nordic conference: Facilities Management Research and Practice. Does FM contribute to happiness in the Nordic Countries




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