College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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element found in all rooms," says Goblirsch. "Project-based learning requires table space to share screens, experiential learning requires lab space, but what is most interesting is the pre- and post-function space found outside the classroom." These are the soft, breakout spaces where students share information and learning is solidified. "Learning is happening everywhere," agrees James Mattson, vice president and principal, HGA Architects and Engineers. "Schools are creating all different kinds of environments to accommodate that: study spaces indoors and out, plug-in collaboration spaces, and the informal hang-out spaces where real important work is being done." Mattson also points to the need to outfit these spaces. "Movable furniture, like tablet tables on wheels, let students move from lecture to problembased learning quickly." This new style is changing the programing of school buildings. "The footprints are staying the same, but the public spaces are getting bigger," says Goblirsch. "These soft spaces used to just be part of the circulation program, and now they are coming into their own." Mattson also notices an interdisciplinary mixing of buildings. "Instead of clustering all of the science in one area and the arts in another, schools are shuffling it up," he says. "Colleges want to expose students to many differing people and experiences, and mixing disciplinary buildings helps. Even dorm buildings are morphing to mixed-use, with class and retail space built right in." SCHOOLS ARE CREATING ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF ENVIRONMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE THAT: STUDY SPACES INDOORS AND OUT, PLUG-IN COLLABORATION SPACES, AND THE INFORMAL HANG-OUT SPACES WHERE REAL IMPORTANT WORK IS BEING DONE. JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 15

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