Boos for the Big House
Former dean Beckley, on the other hand, is very optimistic. "It's going to be more livable and more humane," he predicts of the campus of the future. "There's already a real effort to make residence halls places of learning, because, as we've discovered, students learn not just in classrooms but everyplace. More buildings will have coffee shops and Wi-Fi and places to hang out-and more people will hang out. The university will become a more human place, and I'm looking forward to it."
"The university really does have a long-term vision for the future," argues Quinn, who's worked on a number of projects there. "Just think about North Campus. The best thing the university did was open up North Campus in 1956. It gave them a place to expand to in the future."
Strickland, the urban designer, confidently forecasts that "Ann Arbor's future is very strong precisely because it's home to a great university. One of the things this country continues to do well is higher education, and the university will continue to draw people from all over the world.