“What spaces should be designed for is to motivate students to take risks. So a space has to be comfortable enough for them to get out of their comfort zone.
This is not an audacious question, but an audacious proposition.
I am sure that on campuses like this where GPA is important, you have students reluctant to take risks. But on my campus students ask “what does it take to get an A?” So you have to create a space for them to feel comfortable to fail. As an educator, I note that it is also important to have a space where students can feel comfortable navigating gray areas. In learning as in life, things are not always black and white. One way to make students begin to feel comfortable in a space is to bring them into a space that they don’t necessarily expect.”