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Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend)

Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"But in about five or six years, I predict we’ll see the need to shift that model to one that emphasizes “legibility” of space. By that I mean spaces where the layouts are easy to understand, easy to navigate, and where the spaces’ intended uses are clear and obvious. Why this shift? Changing demographics. These current ambiguous spaces are very much inspired by Generation Y. But there’s another generation behind them—Generation Z, the kids of Gen X-ers—who will be coming into the office workforce at the end of the decade. Now in high school and middle school, these kids have two defining characteristics: they highly value order and predictability (their Gen X parents were latchkey kids in the seventies, determined to counteract the chaos in their own childhoods by raising intact families and kids who value clarity and certainty), and they are almost congenitally distracted. They are heroic multitaskers, glued to their smartphones and tablets—and guess what? They’re terrible at it."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"Dr. Michael O’Neill, senior research strategist at Haworth, on the future of the office, the demographics dilemma, and the emerging need for clarity in workplace design"

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MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete?

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A team of students at MIT is working on a prototype wearable that asks one important question: Why heat or cool a building when you could heat or cool a person?
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Good question. This is especially promising for attending professional conferences. But, seriously, what if individuals could control their own perceptions of being hot or cold, with mush less regard to the microenvironment they are in? How would this change AEC? Design? Learning?

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Integrated by Design—Introducing the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace)

Integrated by Design—Introducing the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP has been working with this team to create a valuable tool for learning environment design—come and learn how to use it from the development team!

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace) is an open access repository designed to share examples of institutional learning spaces. It contains images and detailed attributes integrated across three domains: learning and assessment, instructional (AV) technology integration, and facilities. It will become an essential tool for those planning, designing, and programming learning spaces. Get an update on this exciting collaborative service, and bring your mobile device or laptop to take a "test drive" and provide critical feedback to the FLEXspace leadership team.  


Presented by: Megan Marler, ArtStor; Joseph A. Moreau, Vice Chancellor of Technology, Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Bradford Snyder, Associate Director, Classroom Technology Services, SUNY College at Cortland; Lisa A. Stephens, Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation, University at Buffalo; Clare van den Brink, Cornell University


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The Best of Campus Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture | 2014

Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education is higher education's premier planning conference—you will find most of the planning professionals who receive these SCUP awards in gorgeous (and transformed) Pittsburgh, July 12–16.


Below, the 2014 recipients of the Society for College and University Planning's annual awards recognizing excellence in the above fields. Details, including images, about each project and award will be available shortly. See those details about the 2013 recipients now.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:
2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus ComponentHonor Award College of Charleston for Dixie Plantation Master Plan with Ayers Saint GrossHonor Award University of Chicago for New Academic Complex and Campus Precinct with Ann Beha ArchitectsSpecial Citation Kent State University and the City of Kent, OH for College Town Kent with NBBJ
2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus
Honor Award Tecnologico de Monterrey, Regeneración - A Vision Plan for the Distrito Tec and Monterrey with Sasaki Associates, Inc.Honor Award University of Texas at Austin for University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan with Sasaki Associates, Inc.Merit Award University of Wisconsin-Madison for Campus Master Plan with Ayers Saint Gross
2014 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – Open Space Planning and Design
Honor Award

Duke University for Hybrid Landscape West Campus with Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Merit Award

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for University Field Station Master Plan with GRAEF

2014 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design
Honor Award Stony Brook University/The State University of New York for Simons Center for Geometry and Physics with Dirtworks Landscape Architects, PCHonor Award University of British Columbia for Pedestrian Campus, University of British ColumbiaHonor Award University of Massachusetts Amherst for Southwest Concourse Revitalization with Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape ArchitectsMerit Award University of Pennsylvania for Shoemaker Green with Andropogon Associates Ltd.
2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Honor Award Massachusetts College of Art and Design for Tree House Residence Hall with ADD Inc.Honor Award SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science and Forestry for Gateway Center with Architerra Inc.Honor Award University of California, San Diego for University of California, San Diego - Medical Education and Telemedicine Building with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLPHonor Award University of Utah, Salt Lake City for Natural History Museum of Utah with Ennead ArchitectsMerit Award California State University, Northridge for Student Recreation Center with LPA, Inc.Merit Award

Modesto Junior College, Yosemite Community College District for Student Services Building with Perkins+Will

Merit Award

University of Baltimore for John and Frances Angelos Law Center with Ayers Saint Gross

2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse
Honor Award Arizona State University for Student Health Services with orcutt | winslow and Lake | Flato ArchitectsHonor Award Bridgewater State University for Science and Mathematics Center with PayetteHonor Award Thompson Rivers University for Old Main Academic Building Addition with Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsHonor Award University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for Claire T. Carney Library with designLAB architectsHonor Award University of Washington for Odegaard Undergraduate Library with The Miller Hull PartnershipMerit Award Brown University for Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World with Anmahian Winton ArchitectsMerit Award Colorado State University for Durrell Center with 4240 ArchitectureMerit Award

Georgetown University for Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, STUDIOS Architects

Merit Award Riverside Community College District for Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties with LPA Inc.Merit Award University of Pennsylvania for George A Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field with Crawford Architects
2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation
Honor Award Arizona State University for Manzanita Hall with Studio Ma with Solomon Cordwell BuenzHonor Award Northwestern University for Charles Deering Library West Entry Restoration with HBRA Architects, Inc.

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Drowning in Light: The cheaper it gets the more of it we use

Drowning in Light: The cheaper it gets the more of it we use | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour’s worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

And the cheaper light gets, the more light we use. Maybe that's a good thing for higher education:


Many of the first treatises denying the existence of ghosts and witches came from larger cities in the Netherlands and England, which featured some of the earliest and most extensive street lighting in Europe.

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Architecture and the Third Industrial Revolution

Architecture and the Third Industrial Revolution | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Ready for the next revolution? The profession changed dramatically thanks to mechanization and mass production, and the next massive shift will be no less disruptive. In this era of small-scale, bottom-up design, say hello to 3D-printed houses, digicities, and curriculums that teach future architects about far more than just building.

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'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money'

'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Put simply, when combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Where does a faculty member work? Where is the faculty workplace? The campus? The classroom? An on-campus faculty office? 

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 5, 2014 10:09 AM

What do we find most attractive about a new job offer? How important is the physical workplace in that decision-making process? A recent Australian study, undertaken by Hassell Architects and Empirica Research, dug up some intriguing stories about the role of workplace culture, people and design in the decisions we make about where we will spend ours days.

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Higher Ed Pays Attention to Design Thinking

Higher Ed Pays Attention to Design Thinking | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Using methods familiar to designers as an approach to problem solving in organizations is not a particularly new development, but now higher education may be looking at it as a way to reform how education is delivered.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A good paragraph:


"Among the many memorable quotes from “The Deep Dive” is David Kelley’s remark that “Everything we create has to go through a design process.” Does that apply to the work of the higher education enterprise? It must. Everything colleges and universities do is a product of design, be it the curriculum, the campus, or all the programming that supports the institution—and the library. Higher education is better known for irrational processes for identifying problems and developing solutions, and that leads to poor design resulting in dysfunctional systems. In 1972 Cohen, March, and Olsen authored an article that described higher education as an “organized anarchy” in which decision making operated much like a garbage can into which multiple and unrelated solutions are dropped in hope of being connected to an existing problem. While not every institution is an organized anarchy, too many lack a systematic, IDEO-like approach to advancing the institution. In a previous essay, I attempted to bring attention to benefits that might accrue from colleges and universities adopting design thinking to tackle problems for which there are no easy solutions. It went mostly unnoticed. Given the many “wicked problems” confronting colleges and universities, higher education could use a new approach."

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The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Our brains evolved to work most efficiently in natural environments.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

You can purchase Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, here. Another quote: "Stephen Kellert, a social ecologist at Yale, told me that our poor office design is a sign that we don’t see ourselves as animals, as having biological needs. “The measure of progress in our civilization,” he said, “is not embracing nature, but moving away from nature and transcending nature and becoming independent of our biology.” Kellert told me that he finds zoos ironic. We consider it “inhumane” to keep a gorilla in an indoor, concrete environment with no exposure to greenery or anything resembling its natural habitat, and yet we put ourselves in these environments all the time."

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Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?

Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The idea of crowdsourcing architectural design is pretty disruptive, some of its critics would even say cataclysmic. The object of their distress is a website,  arcbazar.com, which came online in 2011 and offers an interface between people looking for design services and those in the design and construction world who might come up with a design solution. Arcbazar was started by Imdat As, an architect with a doctorate in architectural design from Harvard, who wanted to connect architects with potential clients – during the height of the recession a few years ago. Arcbazar was instantly coined the “99designs.com of architecture,” after a website that crowdsources graphic design services. (Full disclosure: As and I are colleagues at the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.) He notes that the architecture profession is involved in only a fraction of total construction activity, foregoing potential fees that As estimates at $22 billion. Arcbazar was designed as a vehicle for architects and designers to be involved in small projects for clients who would typically not seek design services."

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Of interest.

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning

The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

SCUP member and author Gregory Janks provides heft to this Building Design & Construction article, which includes a nice Brown University mini-case study, with data maps. He says: “What we’re trying to promote is more isn’t necessarily better; better is better.”


Janks is author of of the SCUP booklet, Kings of Infinite Space: How to Make Space Planning for Colleges and Universities Useful Given Constrained Resources, and co-author of a recent article in Planning for Higher Education titled "New Metrics for the New NormalRethinking Space Utilization Within the University System in Georgia."


SCUP members can look forward to a follow-up article to "New Metrics": "Formula’s End: The University System of Georgia's Space Data and What it Means," to be published shortly in Planning for Higher Education.


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What Strategists Can Learn from Architecture

What Strategists Can Learn from Architecture | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Managers routinely claim that their strategic planning process creates large, detailed documents, but often little else.  It’s as if the process serves no purpose other than to create the plan, and execution is somehow separate.


An approach that we think might work better would be to treat strategy making as if it were a design process. We’re not the first to propose that strategy borrows from design; in HBR articles, Henry Mintzberg drew the analogy with the potter throwing a bowl and Roger Martin has made an explicit connection with design.


But the aspect of design we want to focus on here is a bit different.

The key feature of the design process that interests us is the concept of “levels of design”, a notion that the creation of a design goes through a series of levels of increasing complexity and detail.

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