Seeking the Social Spaces for Students in High-Rise Vertical University Campuses of Bangladesh: An Emerging Need in Higher Education (78241)

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In recent times, with constrained land scenarios, the university campuses have been designed as high-rise vertical buildings under private governance in Bangladesh. The essential educational functions are tightly arranged within the high-rise building while the social spaces often remain inconsiderate. Buildings’ circulation spaces like lift lobbies, stair or corridors are used as interaction spaces by the students. In the rented campus, the students are merely allowed to stay in these spaces after class hours. Although social interaction among students in the higher education sector influences lifelong learning. Professional architects try to design internal open space or plaza as the social spaces in the high-rise universities. However, this research tries to find a pattern of social spaces integrated within the whole building system. Student interview and observation methods are used in two case studies to find the existing social spaces, designed or modified within the campus. The space syntax method is used to find the spatial structure of these social spaces within the building system. The case studies represent different architectural characters, which helps to explore the common pattern of social spaces. It is found that the spatially most integrated and well-connected spaces of a vertical university are chosen as social spaces by the students. Findings also reveal that, there is a need of social space for the students staying in the upper floor classrooms. Hence, students functionally modify provided spaces as their comfortable social space.

Khandoker Swagota Rownak, BUET, Bangladesh

About the Presenter(s)
Ms. Khandoker Swagota Rownak is currently enrolled in Masters Degree (Architecture) in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). She is currently interested in the research regarding university learning environments.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00