Of Special Note

LSC Guide II
questions that matter:

VI. How Can Spaces for Learning Help Students Find Their Way Into the World?

To prompt on-campus conversations about permeability, a question posed by SENCERHow can spaces for learning help students find their way into the world? 

LSC Guide II: questions that matter


About the LSC

Vision: That all 21st century undergraduates, no matter their background or career aspiration, have ready access to physical learning environments that enable them to become engaged learners, constructing their own learning, communicating and collaborating with peers and colleagues, connecting their campus-based learning experiences to real-world opportunities and challenges, and celebrating as members of a robust 21st century community of learners.

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The LSC Roadmap is designed to be a resource for academics and architects involved in the complex, iterative, non-linear journey of giving attention to the physical environment for learning on college and university campuses.

The collection of spaces that work, a central part of the Roadmap, presents stories of how questions drive planning, how particular institutional cultures influence planning, how resulting spaces transform learning and learners.

Some examples:

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To advance discussions about identifying assets in the process of planning learning spaces, this story from the Georgia Institute of Technology illustrates the importance of attention to the built environment beyond individual spaces and buildings.

From the LSC YouTube Series, A Campus-wide Spaces that Matter Culture, presented by Howard Wertheimer, Institute Architect.

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 The LSC Roundtables are designed to focus on the future of planning 21st century learning spaces for 21st century learners. Since 2016, the LSC has orchestrated 19 roundtables on campuses across the country. A mix of academics and architects participated in each. In 2018, attention was given at three roundtables to to developing a job description for a particular spatial type:

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A link to what we know about planning learning spaces and what we need to know

Learning Spaces Collaboratory

The LSC is a community focusing on the future of planning learning spaces.



Questions to ask in considering how your campus serves as an asset for planning:

  • Can a new facility reinforce what works now in campus patterns and anticipate new patterns that will accompany future growth and change?
  • In what ways can we enhance the utility and unity, the common ground that we already have? In what ways might the spaces and/or structures we are now planning become a physical expression of our vision for the future of our institution?
  • Can the landscape design be used as an educational tool for students?

Focusing on the Relationship between Mission and Planning Learning Spaces

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LSC Regional Roundtables

The LSC Guide II organizes the resources in the Roadmap around the key questions to be explored as planning happen—beginning with those questions that need attention early-on, that will return to the table again and again in the process of planning.

Some resources to inform the process of questioning are included in the Guide; this are just illustrative of the extraordinary resources—findings about how learning happens, how planning happens, stories from diverse campuses, reports from national associations.

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Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environments

The LSC is delighted to announce our affiliation with the UK’s new Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environments at UCL, University College London. The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment has just been named the No.1 school of Architecture & Built Environment, in the QS 2019 global rankings. The BGCLE draws on knowledge of pedagogy, learning, space and resources, to develop evidence-based guidance to shape great educational environments for the future.

Professor Alexi Marmot, Director of the Bartlett Global Centre for Learning Environments,  says: “Linking with Jeanne Narum and LSC allows both groups to share their leading edge knowledge of innovation in shaping environments that help people of all ages to engage, learn and flourish.”


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