Best Ideas: Breakout Session B

Planning Technology-rich Spaces for Learning
PKAL/NITLE/DePauw University Workshop
DePauw University
October 24 - 26, 2003

1. People
  • the clarity of the decision-making process is critical. "Who" has authority to say "what?"
  • realize the importance of the homework that must be completed in the process of selecting an architect
  • talk with previous clients; look for an architect that your campus community will be comfortable working with
  • be ready for much communication between the architect's group and the campus community
2. Classrooms
3. Furniture
4. Systems
  • sustainability makes good sense financially and environmentally; it will be cheaper over the long-run
  • when sustainability in built from the beginning, it can create more useable square footage, as well as saving energy
  • allow the building design to be part of the academic program, with transparent systems, monitoring devices for lights, heat, HVAC, etc.
5. Technologies / Pedagogies
  • is there a role for cellular phones
  • prepare for the delivery of media, telephones over internet protocol
  • booths with computer screens- a see and be seen environment is the trend
  • design for the consumer culture
  • keep asking, how do pedagogies drive technology use
  • anticipate mobile computing, with pda's, laptops and telephones
  • look into HalaPro and Vocera technologies for possible inclusion into new buildings
  • look at low-cost Polycom video conference device that attaches to the PC in order to bring dispersed staff into contact with one another
  • giving faculty their own laptops can lead to net savings in computer and support costs
6. Planning
  • to be realistic, budgets need to provide support to "finish" the building after it has been in use for a year
  • keep a reserve fund; it is harder to get new money nearing the end of a project
  • realize the cycles of planning in higher education; prepare in bad times to do good things in good times
  • do not cut essential items to meet a budget; postpone or defer
  • do not do what you cannot do well; temporary buildings are never that
  • political issues can override coherent planning
  • start with current major traffic patterns
  • do not rush into planning after a major windwall; failure to plan is planning to fail
  • what is institutional readiness to make decisions about a specific project?
7. Spaces
  • situate student zones adjacent to faculty offices
  • force interaction by placing attractive interaction spaces between two primary spaces, interior and exterior
  • students will need more "per-student" space to accommodate papers and their various technologies
8. Students
  • students will always be bringing a hodge-podge of gadgetry; consistency will have to come from ways of thinking and communicating
9. Future
  • remember that significant projects (renovations and new construction) make an institution more visible to its constituency
  • secure a maintenance endowment for these new spaces
  • need to consider missed opportunity costs when choosing the scope of the project
10. Vision
  • spaces for chance meetings encourage the exchange of ideas
  • a library should be warm, inviting, inspiring and sustainable
  • a campus is a nostalgic and utopian environment
  • include goals for aesthetics in planning
11. Other
  • don't loose sight of how building/facades/landscaping can create attractive informal interaction spaces
  • how do you integrate donor recognition successfully into these spaces
  • be clear from the start the cost of the project; connect financial planning to the institution's mission