Talk:Quadrangle (architecture)

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Is it appropriate to list universities, or other institutions built around a quad ?, (as is implied by the comment on 9/17 update to this page)

Surrounded on four sides by buildings[edit]

I am going to rework this somewhat vague statement but is there something I'm missing in that I should go beyond this? --Daniel C. Boyer 16:58, 17 August 2005 (UTC)

Conversion of monastic buildings to colleges???[edit]

What is the source for this "interesting" statement? Which Oxford and Cambridge (or any other) colleges were converted from monasteries? None as far as I know. I propose to amend this part, unless anyone else objects. Thruston 10:42, 9 September 2005 (UTC)

I have now replaced this nonsensical and unsubstantiated factoid. This is what I deleted:
Quadrangles are descended from the cloister gardens of medieval monasteries, which were usually square or rectangular gardens or lawns enclosed by open arcades or cloisters. The conversion of many monastic buildings at Oxford and Cambridge to secular colleges set the pattern for green space kept private from persons not members of the college (although Cambridge has 'Courts' and not 'Quads'). Some gardens are further reserved to the fellows or senior members.
Thruston 10:25, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Reason for removing "especially at Oxford University"[edit]

I'm guessing that people connected to many college and universities embrace the colloquial "quad". I know for a fact that any of the roughly 30,000 current students and all alumni of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign use that term. The phrase "especially at Oxford University" is misleading because it suggests that "quad" is commonly used at Oxford at a rate above other unviersities.

Dec 16, 2005 by Snpoj

There is an Oxford-Cambridge difference in terminology - Oxford has quads, Cambridge has courts. The layout is basically the same. (talk) 13:15, 31 July 2010 (UTC)