14 December 2016
The big move - inside the new KUA3 buildings
Take a walk inside the new KUA 3 building at The Faculty of Humanities.
“A good study environment is about foundations, but also about what the students do. How do they make their voices heard. It is always tough with these kinds of processes that stretch out over long years. Now everything is completed, and many of those who have been part of that are no longer students.”
That is the sentiment from Lars Østergaard. He is an architect and will help the Faculty of Theology to adapt to KUA 3, which is the last remaining field to move into the Southern Campus on Amager in Copenhagen. Theology, Law and the Royal School of Library and Information Science (IVA) will move in over the new year. The move was born of a political decision made at the end of the 1990s, while the first sketches for KUA 3 were drawn in 2010.
Uniavisen has called Østergaard to ask him about the biggest challenges of the move. One of them has been the volatile nature of the students.
“But the biggest challenge is probably the one that everyone is afraid of: how do you move people?”
A five-kilometre cycle ride later, Uniavisen has come a little closer to answering the question. An answer which involves chipped mugs, dark-blue fabric, bookshelves, antlers and a Friday bar with flexible opening hours.
The professors’ attitude is contagious
The first stop is Bispetorv, which has housed the Faculty of Law over the past 500 years. It boasts gold stucco, chandeliers and a meeting room with a view of the Copenhagen Round Tower. The law students were loud critics of the decision to move them from the Latin Quarter, and in 2011, 22 professors wrote a protest letter against the moving plan.
“We are very divided here in Law. There are those who have “grown up” here in the city – all of their memories about study are connected to the place – but there is also something about being located in the middle of the city, a pulsating city with easy access to everything. Some will miss that,” says law student Rebecca Ingeman, settling into a chequered Wegner chair in the basement under the Bispe annex.
“And when the professors sigh and say “Oh, now we have to move soon,” it naturally affects the students. But most are pleased. There are very few, who believe that the study environment here is better than what we will end up with it. They can see from our feedback on the study environment – it is glaringly bad.”
The law faculty’s bad score in the university’s feedback survey is particularly attributed to dissatisfaction with the décor, indoor climate and few opportunities to meet other students and professors beyond the classroom.