Category: To Learn (page 1 of 4)

A Look at Student-Focused Design in Educational Spaces

Imagine the typical university classroom and what do you see in your mind’s eye? Odds are that while rooms may be more colorful – or chalkboards have given to smart screens – there are still rows of small desks and hard-surfaced chairs. In other words, academic classrooms really haven’t changed all that much in the […]

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Inspiring a Passion for Architecture in Children

Do you have an aspiring architect in your household? Paying attention to your children’s innate interests and talents – and providing them with the information, toys, and games that build on those – is often the best way to help them flourish. For kids fascinated with building, architecture, plane models, or designs, there are plenty […]

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Another Green Rating System?

You’re familiar with the expression, “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians?” It can certainly feel that way when it comes to green design and certification programs as they are many and varied. However, there is one of these “add-ons” that we’re happy to see building momentum, and that is the GreenFaith Leadership Program. Unlike […]

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Understanding Generational Study Habits

Understanding study habits is crucial to academic furniture design. As we’ve mentioned before, a good architect or interior designer is a researcher first, watching her subjects as they move, live or study in their natural environment and then designing the spaces and furniture that accommodates the subjects’ behaviors and habits. Let’s take a look at […]

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Respecting the Design of Childrens Spaces From the Classroom to the Play Room

“How can you learn about the world in spaces without character?” This question, posed by Alexandra Lange in, is one we should all consider as schools move further into the realm of generic academic design. Lange wrote her opinion piece while reflecting on the demolition of her elementary school, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary […]

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Shouldn't Designing a College Library be Based on Student Habits?

As architects, we need to think like behavioral biologists when designing college libraries. Student habits have evolved significantly over the past two decades in response to modern technology and changes in education theory. They need fewer books, more charging stations and increased areas for collaboration. Academic design should include a preliminary observation period so we […]

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Furniture and a Source of Energy Too?!

There is an noteworthy relationship between new technology and architectural design. It’s one we’ve commented on before regarding workplace and academic design, among others. Now, take a look at how modern furniture designers are trying to design furniture for the 21st century. Here are three different tables, all of which either harness and/or distribute energy […]

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MOOCs: Education for All Learners

Online learning is becoming the norm for many who desire to continue an education. In response to this shift, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have taken virtual learning a step further. If you have the time, desire and internet access, you can take free online classes through some of the world’s most prestigious universities and […]

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How is the Physical Classroom Space Evolving in the 21st Century?

We’ve written before about technological advances driving architectural changes, and the academic arena is a prime example of this. As more and more students leave the classroom environment for online learning opportunities, and teaching styles shift from individual to group-oriented methods, academic design must be able to accommodate these changes. Here are some of the […]

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Why the Home Office is Now a Classroom

The trend towards online learning continues to move forward, full steam ahead! This means the home office is now doing double duty. Whether you have children at home who use the internet on a regular basis for homework and school projects, or you are the one taking advantage of online classes, your home office design […]

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