|M.Sc Student||Haina Yaacov|
|Subject||Towards the University of the 21 Century: Issues and|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Ms. Rivca Hashimshony (Deceased)|
|Dr. Alexander Tzonis|
Our era is characterized by many rapid changes in various fields. These changes influence the existing patterns of institutions and organizations. The university, being a central institution in the society, may serve as a representative case study for analyzing the possible implications of these changes on spatial patterns. The purpose of this research is to suggest guidelines for the design of the University of the Future and highlight the central issues involved in its design.
It begins with a historical review of the university institution - from the ancient precedents, through its formation and institutionalization in the middle ages, until becoming a complex central institution towards mid 20th century.
The second chapter describes current change trends in the university institution and their wide social context. The main characteristics of contemporary society are also described.
The evolvement of the physical layout of the university institute is described in the next chapter, followed by a proposed model for the analysis of the university’s spatial organization.
The fifth chapter includes a theoretical analysis of the implications of change trends in the university institute on the characteristics of its spatial organization. In light of the claim that in the complex reality of our era there is no room for a single ideal university model, the sixth chapter describes three options of different spatial scenarios of the university in the 21st century.
The thesis concludes with an outline of guidelines for the design of the 21st century University.