Spring 2016 LSC Roundtables
The Spring 2016 LSC Regional Roundtables and June Forum focused on questions about questions to be asked in planning for the future of learning spaces. Participants brought individual questions to each roundtable, distilling from them some overarching themes, then working in small teams to articulate more audacious, forward-looking questions. In reporting back to the assembled group, each team had to make the case for the relevance of their question in the changing context.
The potential for audacious and relevant questions was built into the roundtable design:
- They were conceived of as a think-tank, an open discussion among equals.
- Each had 15 – 18 participants, individuals bringing a particular expertise and sphere of influence to the discussion—from architects engaged with interesting clients/projects to faculty and academic administrators, those responsible for libraries, centers for teaching and learning, technologies, facilities as well as registrars, etc.
- The focus was not on a particular facilities project. It was on big-picture questions, those framing the future, those that should be asked before, during, and following any facilities initiative (modest or major), those reflecting the changing context within and beyond the campus.
- They were four-hour sessions, enough time for the back-and-forth discussions between the large group and working teams to realize substantive, provocative questions.
- There was an explicit expectation: articulating and making the case for a new generation of questions to drive the future of planning the physical environment for learning that could be shared with the larger LSC community and other constituencies.
About the Roundtables
Reports, Essays, and Updates
- Reports from the Spring LSC Roundtables: Volume II, August 2016
- Reports from the Spring LSC Roundtables: Volume I, July 2016
- The Yardstick of Planning Physical Environments for Learning
- An Essay from the Spring LSC Roundtable - University of Washington, May 2016
- What keeps me up at night when thinking about learning spaces? - Carlos Gutierrez
- Driving Questions from Architects
- Loose Fit – Long Life
- Reporting out from the March 2016 LSC Roundtable at Georgia Institute of Technology
- Update on the 2016 LSC Roundtables: Focusing on the Future of Planning Learning Spaces - Boston University
- Update on the 2016 LSC Roundtables: Focusing on the Future of Planning Learning Spaces - Georgia Institute of Technology
- Update on the 2016 LSC Roundtables: Focusing on the Future of Planning Learning Spaces
- LSC Roundtable Architect Portfolios-2016
Roundtables and Forum
- Focusing on the Future of Planning Learning Spaces: An LSC Forum
- LSC Roundtable at Georgia Institute of Technology
- LSC Roundtable at Boston University
- LSC Roundtable at University of Washington
- LSC Roundtable at Loyola Marymount University
- LSC Roundtable at University of Illinois at Chicago
In addition to the Spring Roundtables, the approach was adapted for: