Gamboa / University Campus between Urban Resilience and Typological Innovations

University Campus between Urban Resilience and Typological Innovations Research by Design on “Ciudad Universitaria” of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá

Author: Pablo Gamboa, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Bogotá, Politecnico di Milano

Supervisor: Andrea Gritti, Professor Dr., Associated Professor DAStU, Politecnico di Milano

Research stage: intermediate doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract


The aim of this Research by Design is to explore how a project that is interlinked both at urban and architectural scales can understand and delve into innovative solutions to the contemporary programmatic and environmental challenges the university campus model faces today in the American Continent.

The project uses drawings as its primary research tool, with the intention of comparing 30 case study campuses in terms of form, scale, settlement elements and the use of compositional devices like grids and modules applied simultaneously to their urban and architectural scales. A typological study of spatial and organizational aspects of the university’s buildings will also be carried out. The research is, additionally, complemented by a contextual study that inquires in the demands and challenges of Urban Resilience and further explores the recent typological innovations made to university buildings in relation with the campus.

The Research by Design case study project is the Ciudad Universitaria of the Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia, a campus of noteworthy modern patrimonial and environmental worth.

Keywords: university campus, urban and architectural design, resilience