From the LSC Archives - Imagining Community:

We invite your attention to the essay, Imagining Community, authored by Tom Greene of St. Lawrence University after participating in the 2005 Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Roundtable on the Future of Undergraduate STEM facilities. This comes from the PKAL facilities planning archives.

An environmental psychologist, Tom is interested in architectural psychology and behavioral geography.  His current research is on how spaces nurture creativity.

Spaces that foster a sense of community can only evolve when they are predicated on a program that demands them. If we give ourselves permission to imagine the warmth, support, and creativity that flourish in a functioning community, we settle on images— a palette of spaces that have been part of our own transforming social experiences. Design professionals and educators share these memories, and the spaces will appear when we give ourselves permission to imagine them.

Full essay