Structures for Science: A Handbook for Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Natural Science Communities (PKAL 1995)

The work of the LSC builds on decades of facilities-related initiatives undertaken by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), an NSF-funded project (1988) to identify and promote best practices in strengthening undergraduate STEM. The early PKAL leadership group quickly realized that attention to spaces was critical, if larger national goals for undergraduate learning were to be realized. In 1992 facilities planning workshops became an essential part of the PKAL portfolio of activities.

In 1995, PKAL published Structures for Science: A Handbook for Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Natural Science Communities, a guide capturing lessons about what works in planning spaces, lessons distilled from facilities workshops, national colloquia, consultancies, and reports from campuses involved with PKAL.

Now out-of-print, Structures outlines a planning philosophy, principles, and processes that hold still hold true. We present here excerpts from the Foreword (verbatim) and four early chapters (slightly edited).

Together they focus on the very early stages of planning, thus complement reports from the LSC Roundtables being incorporated into the LSC Roadmap.

The opportunity to make a bricks and mortar contribution to an institution may come but once in a lifetime: do not waste it (from Structures).

Jeanne L. Narum
Principal—Learning Spaces Collaboratory (2010 – )
Director Emeritus—Project Kaleidoscope (1988 – 2010)

 

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