New Student Housing - New Ideas for Old Ways

Innovation certainly leads the charge for new student accommodations in Innovative Student Residences: New Directions in Sustainable Design. This exciting new book from Images Publishing looks at global trends that are shaping student accommodations. Written by McGill University’s architecture professor Dr Avi Friedman, this insightful book features projects from the US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, New Zealand and Australia.

Chapters include Designing for New Realities, Flexibility in Student Housing, Integrative Approaches to Design, Green Residences, and Student Life, with inspired introductory essays to accompany each of these themes.

“With each century, evolving societal challenges have led to the shifting and resetting of architectural priorities in many nations. The need to remodel old design ideas, and act upon them innovatively, has taken on an added importance in the 21st century. Student housing is part of this process. It is therefore hoped that this book will be of value to contemporary designers, university administrators and future students.” – An extract from the Preface by Avi Friedman.

Current design models of student residences are facing challenges of both philosophy and form. Past approaches no longer sustain new demands and require innovative thinking. Fundamental changes in environmental, economic, and social factors have propelled the need for an entirely new outlook on the design and architecture for the ever-changing needs of students.

Thinking innovatively about the challenges facing university student accommodations led to the idea to write Innovative Student Residences: New Directions in Sustainable Design. Avi Friedman offers a fascinating insight into contemporary design concepts and illustrates them with outstanding examples, showcased by full-color photography and detailed plans.

Avi Friedman, PhD, is Professor of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he directs the Affordable Homes Research Group. He is also a practicing architect specializing in sustainable residential design and is renowned internationally for his housing innovation, in particular for The Grow Home and The Next Home, which were built in several countries.

He has authored 16 books and is the recipient of many accolades, including the World Habitat Award, the Creative Achievement Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. In the year 2000, he was selected by Wallpaper* magazine as one of 10 people from around the world “most likely to change the way we live” in the new millennium.

See the book on the IMAGES online bookstore by clicking here.

Innovative Student Residences Cover



 Firms featured in the book:

  • 2A Design (formerly CG Architectes)
  • AART 
  • Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer
  • Architectus
  • Arge Werner Wirsing Bogevischs Buero
  • ARKITEMA Architects
  • Arons en Gelauff Architecten
  • Baumschlager & Eberle
  • Bevk Perović Arhitekti
  • Carrier Johnson + Culture   
  • Emmanuel Combarel Dominic Marrec Architectes
  • Fact Architects
  • GWP Architecture
  • H Arquitectes and dataAE
  • Hawkins\Brown
  • Haworth Tompkins Architects
  • JAHN
  • Kieran Timberlake
  • Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter
  • Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
  • Mahlum
  • Mateo Arquitectura
  • Mecanoo Architecten
  • MEK architects
  • NOBEL Arkitekter
  • OFIS Arhitekti
  • Régis Côté et associés, architectes
  • Steven Holl Architects
  • Studio E Architects
  • Studioninedots
  • Tempohousing Global
  • Tetreault Parent Languedoc & Saia Barbarese Topouzanov
  • Tony Owen Partners and Silvester Fuller Architects

Architecture and design practices/topics covered:

  • BREEAM and LEED Certification
  • Conservation – environmental and historical
  • Community Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Flexible Design
  • Green Construction and Green Roofs
  • Historical Development and Design
  • Integrated Learning
  • Integrative Design
  • Large-Scale Housing
  • Mixed-Use Housing
  • Modular Construction – Shipping Containers
  • Passive Design
  • Renovated Housing
  • Social Housing
  • Solar Power
  • Sustainable Housing and Technology

Joe Boschetti
Joe Boschetti