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New Stanford Business School Complex

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Nov 12, 2010

I had occasion to go on Campus Drive at Stanford the other day, and get a glimpse of the emerging archipelego of buildings that will be the new campus of the Graduate School of Business.

I need to go by a couple more times to take it all in, but here are some initial impressions, drawing from my background with Stanford and Harvard Business School.

1. It is BIG. The GSB has been big as a school for many years, and I compare the existing to major buildings that house the current operation and wonder if they have been bursting at the seams for quite a while, or if this new complex provides capacity to achieve things that the school has been unable to pursue in the current environment.

2. It is BIG. The parcel of land on which this set of buildings are placed is limited, and it appears they are putting a great deal of "adobe and mortar" into a compact space. I contrast this with my experience as a Harvard Business School grad, where there are some open spaces and greenery. I don't really know what the contrast means, but it is there. And, BTW, places like Chicago and Wharton make the new GSB footprint look by contrast the wide open spaces.

3. I was a resident of nearby Escondido Village when my ex-wife was a Stanford Medical student. I am amazed how much has changed in this area of campus since I left it in 1991. The married student housing complex in which we lived has been greatly expanded, the new GSB cite was for a while fallow land while we lived on campus. It used to be a walk in the proverbial stroller. And there were WWII trailers where the Charles Schwab dormitories now are in place.

Stanford's GSB is very blessed that Mr. Knight of NIKE has made this new complex possible, as it is from Chas. Schwab for providing GSB student housing right across the street.

Maybe we in Palo Alto can connect these dots as it applies to plans for the Medical Center?

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Posted by Make a point
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

"Maybe we in Palo Alto can connect these dots as it applies to plans for the Medical Center?"
If you want to make a point, Paul, then make it. No need to be obtuse.
So what is the point you are trying to make?

The way I see it this is another example of Stanford growing and changing with the times --an idea that is an anethma in Palo Alto. Fortunately this is an area that is not under direct control of the PA city council, otherwise we would have heard whining about housing and traffic and demands for "mitigation" from Stanford.
Sometimes I think Palo Alto would like Stanford to be like it was 100 years ago--rolling pastures, few buildings, no internet, no running water etc.

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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Palo Alto
on Nov 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Paul Losch is a registered user.

Dear 'make a point:"

Well put.

I strongly support the development of the Medical Center at Stanford, for the record.

Doing this blog, I at times offer up a point of view, and at other times provide some observations, with a hope that readers of it will provide their opinions. It really depends on the topic.

Thanks for reading my blog.

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