Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 38

DESIGN
makes a

Difference
It is intuitively understood by virtually
every campus housing professional that
the built environment - the residence hall
design - influences the quality of student
living experience. This is demonstrated
through the anecdotes about lifelong
friendships formed in the corridors of a
traditional first-year residence hall, where
the bedroom doors are flung wide open
and students wander freely in and out
of each other's daily lives. Conversely,
there are the poor reviews of those halls
hastily built to meet the postwar influx of
students: with their brick exteriors, cinder
block walls, communal bathrooms, and
little regard for social gathering space. In
fact, scholars such as Martin Heilweil went
as far as to say that such hall design could
lead to riskier student social behavior and
project a negative effect on the sense of
community.
The lessons learned from the past
have swung the pendulum towards today's
high-end dwellings with ample public
and community space. On the positive
side, these contemporary living-learning
centers have integrated academics,
raising the bar for student success and
becoming a powerful recruitment tool.
Yet market competitiveness also gave rise
to amenity-rich residential environments,
including apartment complexes that are
not unlike vacation resorts, and now
leads to questions about the best use of
construction budgets.
Yes, housing professionals know that
design makes a difference. But knowing
and proving are two separate things.
Research and data are still needed to prove
what is known and, in turn, equip leaders
to advocate definitively for residence hall
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Community Hall and Duncan Dunn Hall were two separate historic residence
halls in the heart of Washington State University's main campus in Pullman.
Recent renovations connected them with an addition that created more student
amenity space and enhanced the students' sense of community by combining
the halls. One of the most well-used amenities are the study nooks, where
single students or small groups can study. The wall-to-wall chalk board also
allows students to do homework together and provides a location for art and
community communication for events.
PHOTO BY LINCOLN BARBOUR

OPENING PHOTO: Protected interior courtyard extends community outside at
Community/Duncan Dunn Hall, Washington State University.
PHOTO BY BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER



Talking Stick - November/December 2015

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Talking Stick - November/December 2015
Contents
New Members
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business
Special Focus
Completing the Loop
Perfect Partners
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
Snapshot
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Intro
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Cover2
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 1
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 2
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Contents
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 4
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - New Members
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 7
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Vision
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 9
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Just In
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Calendar
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 26
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Business
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 30
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 31
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Completing the Loop
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