Roundtable Essays & Follow-up Materials

Twenty-four academics and architects gathered in March 2003 to explore the shape of spaces for science in 2012. The process of this exploration was to examine four influences on undergraduate STEM programs:

  • the changes in how science is practiced that are calling for new approaches to how science is learned-- particularly the dissolving of disciplinary boundaries
  • the emerging technologies that provide new opportunities for teaching, learning and research that could only be imagined a few years ago and whose power and potential are not yet fully realized
  • the possibilities for more effective systems and structures, reflecting advances in building materials and technologies, including those that have an impact on sustainability
  • the advances in cognitive science on how people learn, particularly the emphasis on how the reality of a community strengthens learning.

Following plenary presentations, roundtable participants broke into jigsaw groups for an afternoon, considering what spaces would look like in 2012 if they responded to all of these influences. These plans reflected both the plenary discussions and the earlier essays submitted by participants.

  1. Essays from architects
  2. Materials drafted in preparation by working groups
  3. Follow-up materials