Questions Academics and Architects Should Be Asking
What we should be doing in the discovery/planning process is asking some really absurd questions: What if the library we are planning now becomes a humanities classroom building in the future? What if we did not think about flexibility as though everything had to turn on a dime? What if we had a better sense […]
Planning and Designing for Inclusivity
“Our group was drawn together by the similarity of our individual introductory reflections on what keeps us up at night. Each of us said something about not being quite sure we have a clear understanding of who our learners are, about the students for whom we are planning learning spaces. Speaking as an architect, this […]
How Can Space Facilitate the Process of Making Knowledge?
How can space facilitate the process of “making” knowledge, including demystifying failure, nurturing, and embracing students as assets, and promoting life-long-learning? Our group saw this as an important question as we began to think about students as assets in the learning process. We understand failure as an integral part of the process of generating knowledge […]
The Yardstick: A New Metaphor for the Process of Planning
Our team began thinking about the dichotomy of approaches to planning learning spaces. One group is concerned about the educational mission and the other about the design work. These are two different perspectives on the process of planning. Architects are thinking about the start of the design process, the solution at the end, and the […]
How Do We Disrupt the System?
We were asked to articulate and visualize the most audacious question to be asked by a planning team of academics or of academics and architects at the very beginning of planning. We intend to challenge the current planning process, by asking this question: How do we disrupt the system?
Thinking Metaphorically about Spaces for Learning
We began with an overarching discussion about student-centered, student-focused, student-driven learning spaces. We were fluid about the particular spaces we were thinking about: a lecture hall, lab, makerspace, whatever. Our feeling was that the ideas we were discussing spanned many different kinds of learning and learning spaces, from libraries to spaces for career counseling, and […]