Public Space at Urban Universities: Evolving student-centered space in existing buildings

Much of the average city’s infrastructure, including its transportation and information systems, is outdated, designed for “9–5” office workers or those in manufacturing and service industries. It is not suited to the needs of 21st-century higher education. College students’ schedules do not adhere to a typical workday. Students require breakout spaces and other gathering places…

A School that Adapts to Its Students: Why adaptive architecture isn’t about high-tech, high-cost systems

There are many ways architecture can adapt to its environment: automation systems learn an occupant’s habits, moveable walls turn office spaces into event venues, and shades and solar arrays move to track the sun. But adaptability isn’t always—or ever, really—about technology. It is primarily about improving the occupant’s experience and purpose, which, though we may…

Designing Environments for Blended Learning

We like to say that an environment – for any building type – is not an innocent bystander.  The environment will either support your mission or frustrate it.  It won’t be neutral.  When applied to Blended Learning, the stakes are higher than normal because of the disproportionate scrutiny and demand for early results by those invested…

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