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 design process in between. After the ribbon-cutting, they are off to another project which could be completely different. From the academic perspective, colleges and universities—year after year—are slowly turning through the evolution of programs, cyclically innovating, paying attention to changing culture and context and community along the way.

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