Spaces for Learning

The evolution of academic spaces on campus continues to transform interiors into areas that are interactive, tech-enabled, and adaptable to a variety of uses for collaborative engagement. Robust interest in collaborative learning and teaching is driving the design of campus interiors in various ways today. Such interiors are, among other things, being geared to meet current curriculum methods and goals, to enhance school spirit and a sense of community, enable libraries to embrace their evolving roles, and create new kinds of spots for shared work and study. Further, campus interiors can help break down barriers or silos and encourage collaboration between students, between students and faculty, and across disciplines. Examples include commons for different arts or engineering disciplines; or open, non-programmed and technologically well-appointed spaces for all students, such as in student unions, university centers, or lecture hall buildings, equipped with moveable furniture, whiteboards, or walls to readily facilitate collaborative interactions.

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