Archived posts for 2009 July:

Blogbreak (blogcation?)

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The Campus Master Plan Blog is taking a week off to sip lemonade and read vaguely terrifying mystery novels by a lake.  But fear not, intrepid blog reader, there are lots of old entries on this site for you to explore.  You can even comment on them!

Do you work at Dalhousie?  Then there’s plenty of stuff geared to you.

Interested in cycling issues?  Check out our transportation posts.

Never been here before?  Hey look, an introductory post (you’ll have to scroll down a bit).

Or check out any of the other posts that have been made in the last three months.  There’s something for everybody!

Exploring Dalhousie

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Dalhousie’s campus is not particularly small, and it can sometimes be hard to find your way around.  For example, I’ve been a student here for nearly a year and still regularly consult a campus map when trying to find a building.  Of course I’ve also been known to regularly drive past my own house when not paying attention.


(1) How long have you worked or studied at Dalhousie?

(2) What information do you use to help find your way around campus?  What information would be useful for you to have?

(3) Are there any buildings or services that you had trouble finding when you first came to Dalhousie?

(4) What do you think the most important buildings or services are, for someone new to campus to be able to find?

Outdoor Furniture

Muskoka chairs!

Muskoka chairs!

While we don’t often want to hang out outside on campus in mid-February, once the weather warms up Dal’s outdoor spaces start to seem much more appealing.  Currently there is a variety of outdoor furniture that can be found around the Dal campuses. There are brightly-coloured Muskoka chairs, simple benches, and plenty of informal places to perch at building entrances.


(1) What kind of outdoor furniture would you like to see at Dalhousie?

(2) What do you think of what’s already there?

Bicycle Parking Lots



A Dalhousie transportation survey, by the Office of Sustainability, found that Dalhousie cyclists are looking for better/more bike racks, and better end of trip facilities on campus. These needs could be met by providing bicycle parking lots near shower and locker rooms on campus. Hopefully, these bicycle parking lots would encourage more people to bicycle to campus.

Two potential locations for bicycle parking facilities would be the Dalplex and Sexton campus.

What do you think of this idea?

(1) Are you in favour of having bicycle parking lots on campus, with shower and locker facilities? Would you use them?

(2) What about the location?

(3) What facilities do you think are necessary for cyclists coming to campus? What would have to be included for you to use them?

(4) Would you be interested if short-term bicycle rentals were offered from these locations?

(5) Any other comments?

Class Size

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While various claims have been made as to the best learning environment for university students, sometimes class size just comes down to a matter of personal preference.  Some students like being one of 200 students in a lecture theatre, while others prefer a class of 20 students where everyone will know you by name before the midterm. 


(1) Do you prefer larger or smaller classes?  Why?

(2) What is your ideal classroom size?

(3) Do you feel that any of your current classes are too big or too small?

(4) Anything else you think we should know?

Learning Hubs


The consultants for Dalhousie’s Campus Master Plan have proposed the idea of four Learning Hubs on Dal’s campuses.  Learning Hubs, like the Learning Commons found at the Killam Library, are central places that provide comfort, a choice of study space for groups or individuals, food service and access to information.

Proposed locations of new Learning Hubs (click for a closer view)

Four Learning Hubs are being proposed at Dal:

(1) in a new structure at the centre of the LSC complex,

(2) at the expanded Learning Commons at the Killam Library,

(3) at the centre of a proposed Health Sciences complex at Carleton, and

(4) along a proposed “Learning Corridor” building on Sexton campus

These spaces would not replace current popular lounge or study areas, but they might allow less popular student study areas to be used for other purposes.


(1) What do you think about the idea of a Learning Hub?  Would you make use of it?

(2) Are the proposed locations the right places to have Learning Hubs?

(3) What should a Learning Hub include?  What sort of furniture?  What kind of food or other retail?  What sort of computer resources?  Any other amenities?

(4) Right now where are your favourite places to study and socialize on campus?  Could the new Learning Hubs be more appealing that these current favourites?  How?

(5) Anything else we should know?

Let us know what you think!

Building Design


As Dalhousie continues to expand, new buildings will have to be built to meet the needs of the University community.  Currently the Dalhousie campus is home to a wide range of architectural styles.  Building styles range from old buildings on the main quad (built in the early 1900s), to the Arts Centre (seen above – representative of the brutalist style of the 1970s), to more modern buildings like the Rowe Management Building (completed in 2005).

But what should the future hold for Dalhousie’s architecture?


(1)  What do you think future buildings at Dal should look like?

(2)  Should there be a standard Dalhousie architectural style?

Athletics on Campus


Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a student looking to stay in shape or a member of the community looking for a place to swim, the athletic facilities at Dal can be an important part of your on-campus experience. What do you think of the facilities at Dal?


(1) Do you use any of the Dalhousie athletic facilities? Which ones?

(2) Do the athletic facilities at Dal meet your needs?

(3) What changes would you like to see made to the athletic facilities on campus?