APRIL 2019

Happy May 1! You made it!

So…how are the numbers? We have a feeling the class of 2023 is going to be a good one. 

We don’t have a new podcast at the moment, but we did make a playlist for y’all. The Render team curated some tunes to celebrate with, commiserate to, or head out to vacation on. Find it on Spotify here! 


Confusion and clutter are failures of design not attributes of information.
— Edward Tufte

READING

Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory 

Many campus visits stop in a residence hall room (a current student room or a staged showroom) and rattle off the list of obvious furniture and amenities available to students: two desks, check. two beds, check. Micro-Fridge, yep. Laundry room, got it. What happens if you take a step back in time to understand why residence halls were built and the purpose of the residential experience? What did RAs do before managing roommate conflicts over closet space and overnight guests? Carla Yanni’s dive into the residential experience in Living on Campus is a journey both in residence hall architecture and the evolution of their purpose

For your mouth only: welcome to the era of personalised food 

We all want what we want when we want it. This sentiment is officially extending to include food choices and campus visits. But to know what our guests want we need to ask better questions of them and give them the tool kit to build their campus visit experience.


WATCHING

You vs. Wild

It started with Netflix’s Black Mirror Balderdash - the rise of interactive TV. In mid-April, Netflix released content in a new category of show - Netflix Interactive. In “You vs. Wild,” you make choices to help survivalist Bear Grylls tackle missions in the great outdoors. Do you take the grappling hook or slingshot? Eat the grub or termites for protein? Say goodbye to passive content and hello to interactive entertainment.


EXPERIENCING

The most frequently asked question after visitors arrive at your office is “Where are the bathrooms?” A sign of how you maintain and outfit your restrooms is a sign of what’s to come on campus. Most admissions bathrooms are clean and well maintained but lack branding and/or authentic decoration (please, no more HomeGoods flower arrangements). Care to kick your bathrooms up a notch? Take inspiration from these Instagram-worthy Boston area restrooms.

Fool's Errand  , 1377 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Fool's Errand, 1377 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215