Morse和Ezra Stiles学院是毕业于耶鲁大学校友的建筑师埃罗·萨里宁（Eero Saarinen）设计的最终作品之一，在他51岁之前不幸逝世。1962年完成，它们是耶鲁在20世纪30年代开发的住宅学院系统的一部分。旨在鼓励亲密的社区和智力生活超越教室。每所学院都是较大的大学的缩影，包括自己的餐厅，图书馆，研讨室，艺术，音乐，运动和会议空间。
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Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges were among the final works designed by the esteemed architect Eero Saarinen, a Yale alumnus, before his untimely death at age 51. Completed in 1962, they are part of a system of residential colleges that Yale developed in the 1930s in order to encourage close-knit communities and intellectual life beyond the classroom. Each college is a microcosm of the larger university, containing its own dining hall, library, seminar rooms, and art, music, athletic, and meeting spaces.
A steel and wood bridge traverses the sunken courtyard between the colleges, allowing sunlight to flow into new below-ground activity spaces.
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Morse and Stiles were regarded as architectural marvels when they were built, but the university reported dissatisfaction with the original design. Students had long been submitting requests to transfer out, calling the buildings dark, awkward, and cramped, and their stand-alone single rooms too isolating. A benchmark study we completed comparing Morse and Stiles to other recently renovated colleges at Yale revealed three key areas for improvement: additional student life and activity space; reconfiguration of the prevailing courtyard hardscapes into a sustainable landscape dominated by water and greenery; and transformation of the student housing mix away from stand-alone single rooms.