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Space Strategies for the New Learning Landscape (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Space Strategies for the New Learning Landscape (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The most effective planning strategies lead to new insights about how to manage future demands, generate new opportunities, and offer the promise of sustainable innovation in learning. More specifically, the following ten strategies are key to improving learning space and stimulating campus transformation:

  • Analyze the whole campus as learning space.
  • Develop insights from user engagement.
  • Plan to support multiple types of learning.
  • Leverage space strategies to enable experimentation.
  • Leverage growth in hybrid courses to gain improved space utilization.
  • Seek strategic partnerships to develop informal learning space.
  • Consider diffuse vs. centralized distribution of functions.
  • Link space performance to learning assessment.
  • Develop workplace settings that foster learning organizations.
  • Recognize learning space beyond the campus."
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Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration

Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A longitudinal ACUHO-I residence hall assessment finds that student community needs beefing up, and this slide set presentation speaks to dining centers becoming community centers.


ACUHO-I will be joining us this fall during the Campus-Space MOJO. Will you?

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Residence Halls | Take An Inside Look | University Business Magazine

This UB initiative, to be published in November, fits well into the SCUP Pubs Campus-Space MOJO.


Please respond to UB's call, and load their November issue up with lots of good stuff to match the three articles in housing coming your way in the October–December issue of Planning for Higher Education.

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Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American

Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Duke University researchers are developing a mobile app that uses WiFi antennas, cellular radios and other detectors to guide smart phone users...
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Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Fun, and good:


"Last weekend I went to Target to do a little Mother’s Day shopping and I walked into a branded environment. I’ve written about this before for television and social media, but this example was implemented in a physical space.


Let me backup and say that renovation is in the air at Virginia Tech and I’ve been studying/observing a variety of retail experiences—from service transactions to the display of merchandise to wayfinding to in-store traffic patterns. I’ll share more in a future post, but I think that there is a lot that libraries can learn from commercial enterprise in terms of moving people through space and grabbing their interest along the way."

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Application Date Monday, May 21—2012 AIA Education Research Scholarship

Do you know an emerging leader working in the education field?


The AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) asks one selected emerging professional to conduct research on learning environments for comparison and analysis. The Scholar will spend their summer conducting comprehensive professional research on Architecture for Education case study projects.


The Scholar will have their completed work published on AIA websites. The Scholar will be funded for their research and work in full equivalent to a 12 week summer architectural internship at $7,000.


The scholarship application is open to all emerging professionals defined as: Undergraduate and graduate students in NAAB-accredited architecture programs, architectural interns active pursuing licensure, and young architects (architects with 10 years or less of licensure). Questions? Contact CAE@aia.org.

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After the Meltdown: Where does Architecture go from here?

After the Meltdown: Where does Architecture go from here? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
How the Recession & the Architectural Meltdown is forcing Architecture to revolutionize itself away from starchitecture and towards design for the 99%.


By Vanessa Quirk in Architecture Daily. We are a fan of the Design:IntegrateCommunity:Building illustration. This is a nice, lengthy piece worth reading.

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Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning

Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nilsson, Elisabet M. (2011). The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.


Keywords: maker-space, open lab, peer-to-peer learning, co-design, socio-cultural theories, social and technological innovation, co-production

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new bk: Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration (9781118143728): Scott Doorley, Scott Witthoft, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, David Kelley: Books

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"If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide a collaborative environment that will bring out the best in people, you will want this book by your side at all times." --Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum


"Make Space is an articulate account about the importance of space; how we think about it, build it and thrive in it." --James P. Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase

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A Scientist Pushes Urban Planners to Put People First - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Scientist Pushes Urban Planners to Put People First - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Scott Carlson, writing in The Chronicle, about Richard Jackson of UCLA:


"[M]any studies have come out linking urban design to health, confirming some of the early assertions of Dr. Jackson and other researchers.


In recent months, Dr. Jackson has released another scholarly book, an edited collection on the topic, called Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Wealth, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press), and he is also the host of a four-part miniseries called Designing Healthy Communities, which will air on public television starting this week. The series, which features a companion book, is clearly meant to sway public opinion."

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Learning Spaces: Planning and Executing Active Learning Spaces | One-Day Conference February 24 | Minneapolis

Learning Spaces: Planning and Executing Active Learning Spaces | One-Day Conference February 24 | Minneapolis | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


In collaboration with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Learning Spaces Collaboratory, SCUP is pleased to present the half-day seminar Learning Spaces: Planning and Executing Active Learning Spaces.


This seminar is open to consultants, campus planners, facilities, and academics who are striving to improve their learning spaces. There are many unique interdisciplinary approaches to learning spaces and each college and consultant has their own perspective. This will be a participatory session for evaluation of current pedagogy, space, and culture.

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6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom -- Campus Technology

6 Ingredients for the 21st Century Classroom -- Campus Technology | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Here are the most important considerations that tech-savvy universities are using to design the classroom of the future."


There is some solid, practical advice in this Campus Technology article by Bridget McCrea.

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A Conversation With Susan Whitmer, Education Design Expert

A Conversation With Susan Whitmer, Education Design Expert | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUPer Susan Whitmer, strategic consultant with Herman Miller and SCUP leader, is interviewed this week in The Atlantic. 


"Q: What's something that most people just don't understand about your field?


A: Its complexity. There are so many challenges. Our world is changing at a rapid pace, yet education is mired in hundreds of years of tradition where change occurs at a glacial pace. We cannot continue to go about the business of passive learning in 300-seat lecture halls when the 21st century demands a fully engaged learner. The vastly diverse student population is an additional challenge. The days where the traditional student was 22 years-old no longer exist. Today, students on a campus range from 15-80 years of age. They bring a variety of experiences with them, and often are first-generation and from diverse nationalities. Add to this the challenges of educating all of these students in a less than stellar economy.


Q: What's an emerging trend that you think will shake up your field?


A: We are at a watershed moment in education design. The convergence of knowledge and circumstances provide us with the opportunity to revolutionize the built environment for all of education. There is an increasing body of research from the neurosciences, cognitive sciences, and social sciences that provide us with valuable insights about how people learn. Combine this knowledge with the skill sets required of the 21st-century worker and there is only one thing for us to do: We must create physical and virtual spaces that foster innovation and design thinking across the educational spectrum."

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Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine

Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Jonah Lehrer’s new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, is not a design book, but it does have important implications for workplace designers. In his best-selling look at the science of creativity, the author talks to the likes of Milton Glaser and Harry West (the CEO of Continuum), studies the songwriting process of Bob Dylan, and visits Pixar Animation Studios and the 3M campus—all in search of what makes individuals and organizations capable of deep insights, eureka moments, and wild leaps of the imagination. Drawing on his extensive research for the book, Lehrer shared with us his ideas for the ultimate creative workplace."

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Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration

Moving From Dining Centers to Community Centers—Helping Students Build Social Integration | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A longitudinal ACUHO-I residence hall assessment finds that student community needs beefing up, and this slide set presentation speaks to dining centers becoming community centers.


ACUHO-I will be joining us this fall during the Campus-Space MOJO. Will you?

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From Dining Hall to Community Center | A Presentation from the 2012 ACUHO-I Conference

From Dining Hall to Community Center | A Presentation from the 2012 ACUHO-I Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Worth a look. Note that this fall's SCUP Pubs Campus-Space MOJO will visit student housing as a topic from October 27–November 7. Please join us, it's free.


"Longitudinal studies of the ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment indicate that satisfaction with personal space and dining services has improved while personal interaction has declined. Since personal interaction is the top predictor of a student's perception of the effectiveness of the residence hall and an important component to student development, it is vital that programs better understand and work to improve personal interaction. We propose that getting creative in the use of the dining facility could promote student interaction.


Research [was] presented showing the trend of declining personal interactions. Linking research to practice, representatives from a large dining program will discuss how they turned their dining centers into community centers where students come together for events, movies, and special programming. They also have "random acts of food" popping up around halls and events centered on interaction. Come to this program to learn about national trends, learn from a very creative dining operation how they?re supporting student interactions, and brainstorm other ways that dining facilities can be used to help promote student interaction."

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Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine

Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We asked the author of Imagine:How Creativity Works to help us envision a more perfect workplace environment—one that draws on the lessons of neuroscience, architecture, and city planning to foster innovation and ingenuity.

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The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research

The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Any surface, including liquid and the human body, can be turned into a multi touch interface with a new technology developed by researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University, opening the door to making everyday objects intelligent, the...


So, what does this do to learning space design? 

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Thom Thom Mayne: Keynote Lecture for 2011 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

Thom Mayne founded Morphosis as an interdisciplinary and collective practice involved in experimental design and research in 1972.
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Science Center open for classes | PointerView.com | Proudly Serving West Point, NY | West Point News and Commentary

The interior windows, which provide a glimpse from the hallways into the laboratories and classrooms, is a unique feature, Hartke said.


“Wherever possible we wanted to place these windows so when cadets are passing by they can look in and see what’s going on inside,” Hartke said. “We got the idea from a study as a way to increase student interest in the sciences.”


If cadets are exposed to more science in action, then they may consider the option of making it their major. Another way to increase the visibility of science is through display cases, which Hartke said will contain various eye-catching science items throughout the facility.


“To me, the greatest excitement there is here—and there’s actually many pieces to get excited about—is ‘making science visible,’” Lachance said. “A lot of the labs and equipment had been buried out of sight in the basement, and people in our own department never knew some of the things we had down there.”

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Four-fifths of UK institutions set to spend at least £5m on estates ‘wow factor’

32 percent are considering large-scale commercial "tie-ups' and 43 percent do not believe they are making good use of current space.


“Students are being asked to pay more than ever before for a university degree. That means they expect a quality of experience that reflects the high price they are paying.


'In order to remain competitive, universities are therefore looking to deliver modern facilities that have the ‘wow factor’ while also encouraging more efficient and collaborative use of space.'"

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Essay calling for faculty offices to no longer be grouped by discipline | Inside Higher Ed

A faculty member turned administrator observes on how the location of faculty office space could better facilitate interaction across disciplinary lines. Why not?


"The lack of interaction among excellent scholars with similar interests raises some organizational questions with important implications: Why cluster faculty members into departmental ghettos any longer? Why not allow voluntary mixing and matching -- especially in cognate disciplines? Electronic communications via departmental listservs can provide the unit-specific information needed to keep the trains running on time, and the idea of promoting casual, often spontaneous interaction among scholars with similar research interests, but different methods is at once liberating and exhilarating."

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Opposites Don’t Attract (And That’s Bad News)

Opposites Don’t Attract (And That’s Bad News) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A must-read for those interested in campus community. A Kansas study indicates that stdents at large schools actually have less diverse interactions with different kinds of people than do those at small schools. Big schools let students find more people just like them.


"[T]his craving for similarity – for interacting only with people who think and act in familiar ways – doesn’t merely influence our behavior during cocktail mixers. Instead, it shapes our social world, constraining the reach of our personal network. This was elegantly demonstrated in a new paper by Angela Bahns, Kate Pickett and Christian Crandall at Wellesley College and the University of Kansas. The psychologists were interested in how the social diversity of college influenced the nature of social interaction. Did more diverse schools lead to more diverse friendships? Or did the opposite happen, so that a varied “social ecology” made us even more likely to seek out extremely similar people?"

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A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely

A Group Of Schools In Sweden Is Abandoning Classrooms Entirely | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

It's K-12, but relevant:


"A new school system in Sweden eliminated all of its classrooms in favor of an environment that fosters children's "curiosity and creativity."


Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden, wanted learning to take place everywhere in its schools -- so it threw out the "old-school" thinking of straight desks in a line in a four-walled classroom.


Vittra most-recently opened Telefonplan School, in Stockholm. Architect Rosan Bosch designed the school so children could work independently in opened-spaces while lounging, or go to 'the village' to work on group-projects.


All of the furniture in the school, which looks like a lot of squiggles, is meant to aid students in engaging in conversation while working on projects."


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An alternative form a education in Sweden. What an interesting design. 

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UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space

UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Alabama’s School of Public Health is into innovative naming, the advisory board for this renovation project of the fourth floor of Lister Hill Library is called The Naked Catfish. Speaking of the dean of the School of Public Health, Hannah Wollfson at The Birmingham News writes:


"Where there are bare floors and loose wires, he envisions a room full of brilliant minds -- UAB faculty and students, business and civic leaders and members of the public -- sharing ideas and coming up with solutions to local and global problems. ... 'For me, having the opportunity for people to get together to talk, to share ideas, to kind of stand around the water fountain, is really important,' ... [he] came up with the project after faculty members complained that they expended so much energy finding and fulfilling national grants they barely had time left simply to think.” ... 'We're busy working 60 to 80 hours a week; we're on a treadmill,' Michael said. 'If we're going to take advantage of this amazing intellectual capacity, you're going to need a space." ... The name was drawn from the book Where Good Ideas Come From, in which author Steven Johnson writes that innovation emerges in the space between order and randomness, which he called "the edge of chaos."

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