Loose Fit – Long Life
This catchphrase is becoming a maxim for planners responsible for physical environments for learning in the undergraduate setting. In the architectural portfolios for the 2016 Spring LSC Roundtables, registrar-assigned, formal learning spaces (classrooms) are receiving particular attention.
One set of questions addresses the challenges of designing such spaces in a time of pedagogical evolution:
- How can we design classrooms with the flexibility to serve the growing diversity of pedagogical practices now on our campus and accommodate pedagogical changes over the lifetime of the building?
- Could flexibility built into the design of the classrooms be used to leverage wider adaptation of research-based pedagogies?
- How might furniture, in conjunction with technologies, support facile transitions between modes of learning/teaching?
Snapshots from the Portfolios: Classrooms—Examples of transforming existing spaces:
- Before and After: Da Vinci Center: Virginia Commonwealth University
- Before and After: Interactive Studio Classroom/Boston University
Snapshots from the Portfolios: Classrooms—Examples of how planning happens