From Audits to Quick Fixes: Critical Questions

The process of planning new spaces for learning, either new or renovated, is complex and time-consuming. The importance of identifying and addressing the right questions, in a timely manner, has been one of the major lessons learned over our history of focusing on what works in planning spaces for undergraduate learning communities. From the beginning […]

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What Difference do Improved Facilities Make?: A Report to the PKAL Committee of Visitors

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Imagining Science Communities

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Twenty-first Century Science & the Facilities of the Future

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Imagining the STEM Facility of the Future

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Structures for Science

The work of the LSC focusing on planning for the future of learning spaces builds on decades of facilities related initiatives undertaken by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an NSF-funded effort to identify and promote best practices in strengthening undergraduate STEM. In 1995, PKAL published Structures for Science: A Handbook for Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Natural Science […]

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Focusing on the Relationship between Mission & Planning Learning Spaces

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The Architect’s Perspective on the Client’s Bill of Rights and Obligations

From the Archives: The major print publication on learning spaces planning developed under the aegis of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) was PKAL Volume III: Structures for Science— A Handbook on Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Natural Science Communities. The central theme throughout the handbook is that planning spaces for learning is a community-initiative, one engaging different players […]

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Excerpts from Volume III

This step-by-step guide to planning facilities is intended for use by colleges and universities that are thinking about, or in the process of planning for, new or renovated spaces for their undergraduate programs in science and mathematics. It is useful to architects, lab designers, and other professional groups involved with planning and constructing spaces and […]

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