Read this feature and many others in the fall 2014 issue of Glance, the college magazine.
“We conceived of the back lot as a kind of gridded game board populated by both designed and off-the-shelf movable playing pieces: greenery in tubs, 8-by-40-by-10-foot steel storage containers, a 100-foot-long picnic table that breaks down into modular components, trees in mobile planters, bicycle storage components, and so on," explains Burnham.
"The concept is that for the inaugural academic year, 2014–15, a “starter set” of pieces has been assembled with an emphasis on social uses of the space. In the fall, there is only one square of the board associated with a studio course: a demonstration-studio enclosure created with a pair of double-stacked containers.
"The coursework doesn’t actually take place in the containers, but outside, with the containers serving as spatial enclosures, and as storage when class isn’t in session.
“Next fall, more playing pieces will be provided, increasing the outdoor studio options and refining the campus-life components based on what we learn from this year’s experience.
"And at the end of every year, we’ll push all of the playing pieces to the edges of the lot and erect a big tent to house commencement events.”