Plenary Session III: The Duke University Story - The Link & New Science Spaces

2009 Facilities Workshop at Duke University

Two of Duke University’s newest spaces for learning, teaching and research will be explored and visited during this workshop. Each reflects the intentional and visionary planning by institutional leaders to provide spaces where today’s students want to be, where students have easy access to the communities, technologies, and instruments that enhance learning. Each reflects Duke’s collaborative process of planning, from the point of imagining, planning, constructing and assessing both programmatic initiatives and spaces that serve learning.

An earlier president spoke of Duke’s ‘outrageous ambitions,’ and each of these spaces push the envelope in regard to what a 21st century university library and what a 21st century science facility is to be and to do. The stories of the Link and of the French Family Science Center illustrate how top-down and bottom-up leadership, working around a common vision, open to some risk-taking and thinking-outside the box, can achieve something distinctive for a campus community.