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The City as CampusUrbanism and Higher Education in Chicago$
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Sharon Haar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665648

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665648.001.0001

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Campus Revolt: The Reform of the Commuter University

Campus Revolt: The Reform of the Commuter University

(p.133) 6 Campus Revolt: The Reform of the Commuter University
The City as Campus

Sharon Haar

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the failures of modern urban planning within a changing social milieu in the latter part of the twentieth century, with the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (UICC) being the central point of contention. Campus revolts had escalated from within the university, due to discontent over the increasing homogenization, militarization, and bureaucracies that had come to define postwar urban living. Outside of the university, neighborhood protests over the sensibilities of modern architecture and urbanism abound, echoing the earlier protests surrounding the construction of the UICC. This period was also followed by a rash of demolitions as the promises of urban renewal failed to hold out at the turn of the century, leaving room for a potential reshaping of Chicago’s urban landscape.

Keywords:   campus revolts, UICC, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, modern architecture, urbanism, urban renewal

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