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"Give Me Liberty or Give Me Brick"
Author: Gratto, Fred,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: May/June 2009

Universities want a lot of things such as high quality students, excellent faculty, supportive alumni, high quality academic programs, a great football team, a beautiful campus, and a good reputation. They also want students to learn. One typically thinks of learning as taking place only in classrooms but research has confirmed that students establish relationships and learn from each other on campus in environments outside the classroom. Settings such as courtyards, patios, or a grassy knoll can contribute to the learning experience. A brick plaza, for example, can be a quaint space that provides seating, an opportunity to linger and meet with friends and, one day, memories of special days at one's alma mater. This article describes how bricks have cleaned up the University of Florida's large campus, creating friendly places for people to spend time with each other. (Contains 5 notes.)

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