An Appreciation for Buildings & Grounds Guest Bloggers

Over the past year, Buildings & Grounds has featured some fantastic items from a select bunch, our guest bloggers. For the promise of nothing more than the little fame that an underpublicized, highly specialized blog can bring, these folks have offered up provocative ideas, helpful tips, and reflections on campus architecture, sustainability, and facilities.

We’d like to publicly thank them for their contributions. If you missed their essays, you might dig through the guest blogger archive and check them out.

The lineup included a number of professional architects and planners. Mary Jo Olenick kicked things off early in 2008, writing about how cellphones affect design and challenging colleges to do more with less. Mark McVay continued on these themes, writing about designing for millennials and for a surge.

Larry Speck addressed two commonly assailed campus building types: modern buildings and starchitecture. And David McIntyre stepped into treacherous territory with his discussions of campus parking.

The campus landscape was a focus of two of our guest bloggers. Gina Crandell wrote eloquently about landscape design. Are campus arboreta wild areas or gardens? And does that guy in facilities know what he’s doing with the rototiller and the bag of mulch? Marc Mayerson humorously wrote about a campus-landscape eyesore and also an award-winning fountain (even though it’s not on his campus).

A number of our bloggers focused on sustainability. Xarissa Holdaway’s excellent, contemplative pieces challenged readers to think beyond conventional approaches to sustainability and really tackle the issue head-on. Peter Bardaglio, of Second Nature, also mused on the difficulty of sustainability and wondered how colleges might change business as usual.

Anne Stephenson took on the very, very difficult task of writing about carbon neutrality and climate change. Our latest sustainability blogger is Niles Barnes, who has given readers some ideas about renewable energy and organic food.

Some bloggers addressed unusual topics, but addressed them well. Gretchen Schneider pondered the place of architecture in society and in the consciousness of average Americans, and wondered how people could get a better education in the meaning of design. Margaret Grubiak looked at the meaning of religious buildings on campus (like chapels) and academic buildings on religious campuses (like a science center at Baylor University).

Thanks to all of you.

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