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lounge highlights the concept of
transparency, which accompanies the
notion of “see and be seen.” Clear
glass separates the study rooms from
the entertainment center, providing
a physical barrier that buffers the
noise from the adjacent lounge. At the
same time, the barrier is transparent;
the glass allows a visual connection
between the spaces – those inside see
out, and those outside see in. Because
these study rooms accommodate a
variety of uses – aside from small-group
study sessions, these spaces often serve
as meeting rooms for on-campus clubs
– transparency becomes especially
important, exposing students in the
lounge and those passing by to the
special interests of the club meeting
beyond the glass.
Similar considerations can be
made for other types of common
space. At Miami University in Ohio,
a new residence hall’s communal
kitchen reflects the “see and be seen”
concept. Jerry Olson, Miami’s director

A central area
of circulation
lies adjacent to
smaller areas for
group study and
informal study.

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of residence life, notes that instead
of being hidden in the basement,
the kitchen abuts the residence hall’s
first-floor entry. Often used by students
to bake birthday cakes, the kitchen
provides an area for students to gather
while the baking occurs. Glass expanses
establish a connection with the outside,
maximizing the kitchen’s high-visibility
location. This visual link encourages
students to enter, while a bank of stools
offers a spot to linger while keeping the
bakers company.
The “see and be seen” concept
does more than offer options for social
engagement; it also helps regulate
students’ behavior in these spaces,
preventing unwanted or destructive
activities from occurring. Everyone sees
the people using the space and what
they are doing. The result is a form of
peer-induced self-policing. If a group
leaves a mess behind or vandalizes a
common area, others will easily identify
the responsible parties. Students thus
feel accountable for their actions and

are more inclined to treat the areas with
respect.

sequence:
from Public to Private
The organization of Olin’s East Hall
guides internal movement, creating
a natural flow from public to private.
This begins at the threshold to the
building, where students move from
the public foyer to the semi-public
lounge area. To move deeper into the
private realm, they pass through a door
to a residential wing. The door reduces
noise traveling from the semi-public
to the semi-private space, while the
abutting glass extends a visual link. The
final progression from the semi-private
to the private occurs in the transition
from the hall to a bedroom, suite, or
apartment, depending on the floor’s
configuration.
When a residence hall includes
a core lounge, the orchestrated
procession from public to private



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Talking Stick - July/August 2013
Contents
New Member Highlight
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business Operations
Facilities
Calendar
Common Space for the Common Good
Marketing the Residential Experience
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
New Members
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 1
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 2
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Contents
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - New Member Highlight
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Vision
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 7
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Just In
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Transitions
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