Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Spaces that work

"Have no small dreams; they have not the power to stir the hearts of men."
- Daniel Burnham, 19th century architect

If colleges and universities are to build the kind of natural science communities that succeed in attracting and sustaining student interest in science and mathematics, spaces must encourage daily interaction between student and faculty, and between student and student. The relationship of offices, laboratories, common areas, as well as the traffic patterns, has to promote such communities and interactions.

Academic institutions to prosper in the 21st century will be those recognized as having strong programs in mathematics and the various fields of science as evidenced by the skills, capacities and capabilities that students gain during their undergraduate years. Spaces that work are critical because of the impact that they have on the students who enter to learn and thus, on the graduates who go forth from the classrooms and labs to make a difference in the world they enter.