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University of Otago Campus Master Plan
A vision for the future
The Campus Master Plan sets out strategies for the future development over a 25-year-period of the University campuses at Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.
### ODT Online Tue, 18 May 2010
Enthusiasm for university vision
By Allison Rudd
A plan detailing how the University of Otago might improve its campuses and expand over the next 25 years received an enthusiastic and positive response when it was launched yesterday.
• Need to tidy ‘ghetto’
• Vast amount of space needed
• Leith could become city amenity
Written by an international team of consultants following a year of consultation, the Campus Master Plan was Otago’s chance to have an “outstanding campus”, vice-chancellor Prof Sir David Skegg told an audience of about 150 invited guests.
CAMPUS MASTER PLAN ABOUT AS SUSTAINABLE AS FLY TO THE MOON. CAMPUS MASTER PLAN CONTAINS LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATION. INWARD FOCUSED CAMPUS MASTER PLAN. WHAT ARE THE CONTEMPORARY PROCESSES FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION THAT INVEST INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS WITH A SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND OWNERSHIP OF PRACTICAL VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE. WHAT DOES THIS COUNTRY NEED BY WAY OF TERTIARY EDUCATION TO MAKE A POSITIVE SUSTAINABLE DIFFERENCE IN THE NATIONAL ACCOUNTS AND OUR PEOPLE’S LIVING STANDARDS. WHY DO UNIVERSITIES SEEM IRRELEVANT IF THEY BECOME THEIR OWN ISLANDS AND NOT A FULL INTEGRAL PART OF OUR CIVIC COMMUNITY. IS THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN BACKWARD AND ARROGANT. DO YOU PRIVATELY OWN PROPERTY THE UNIVERSITY SAYS IT WANTS TO PURCHASE AND DEMOLISH BUT YOU FIRST HEARD THIS AT THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN LAUNCH AND YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN CONSULTED ABOUT IT – YEAH WELL JOIN THE CLUB. THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN COULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED BY AN EXPERT LOCAL TEAM FOR MORE ENHANCED RESULTS AND AT A LOT LESS COST. YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE MASTER PLAN IS WHAT IT NEEDS, PICK YOUR MEDIA FORUM THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG OPEN HONEST FUN CONVERSATION. THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN IS FLAWED. THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN IS A CHALLENGE AT THE VERY MOST.
### ODT Online Mon, 17 May 2010
Student area a ‘ghetto’: report
A report on the future of the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus considers the student housing around the university to have lent a “ghetto” feel to the neighbourhoods, says Vice-chancellor Prof Sir David Skegg. Writing on today’s ODT opinion page, Prof Skegg introduces the Campus Master Plan, to be unveiled this afternoon with the release of the 195-page “Options for Future Campus Development” report, compiled by international consultants.
“… the authors were shocked by the degradation of the residential areas surrounding the university,” writes Prof Skegg. “The squalid nature of many properties and the accumulation of rubbish are considered to have generated a ‘ghetto’ feel …”
The report envisages what the student quarter might look like in 20 to 25 years’ time.
### ODT Online Mon, 17 May 2010
Opinion: University plan outlines ambitious outlook
By David Skegg
A University of Otago “campus master plan”, which looks 20-25 years into the future, is released this afternoon. David Skegg outlines the scope of the report and highlights some of the issues it raises.
The university commissioned an international consulting firm (DEGW) to lead a major planning exercise. The consultants brought extensive experience of campus planning and design in many parts of the world. Their brief was to produce a plan which can guide the development of our campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington over the next 20 or 25 years. The consultants worked in conjunction with other firms specialising in matters such as sustainability and pedestrian movement.
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