Architecture and City Planning
The European Higher Education Area involves profound conceptual transformations linked to learning within a changing reality. Scientific and technological advances are happening faster and becoming more accessible and society’s ability to use them is growing in a more active way than its ability to understand them. This requires new ways of transmitting knowledge and has notable implications for the means and resource material that should be at the disposal of the education process. With regard to these means and resources, the vital spaces where students develop and the furnishings found within these spaces are of particular relevance. This means there is a motive for considering the fact that we should adapt the campuses’ architectural structure in accordance with a new model, a new paradigm.
The Didactic Campus is one of the driving ideas from the architect Pablo Campos. It means the initial teaching received by a student is influenced by the environment of the learning institution. Looking more in depth at the idea, unconsciously, throughout their time at university, the student receives values and etiquette that will accompany them throughout their life and the environment around them offers important lessons to be learned. A campus that offers a nice, relaxing space, instils a sustainable conduct and fits in with the city environment, is intelligently and laboriously looked after and, modestly speaking, is highly adaptable to change, it is a Didactic Campus. It is like a great teacher who does not expect to be paid for their work.
Continuing with the idea of transforming all of our campuses so that by the year 2025 they are teaching our students, we have studied how each one integrates into the city, the living standards they offer and the university’s impact on the environment. The aim is to make the space/campus part of its environment, where the university acts as a social reference, to be a pleasant living space and set an example of sustainable development in the search to minimise the environmental impact this sector generates. Today’s strengths and weaknesses are analysed allowing us to establish the best and most efficient strategies to achieve this. In the three concepts studied, some of the actions are repeated: to be as ecological as possible, to use the resources the city has to offer and to reduce the circulation of motor vehicles around the campus.