We are interested in using design thinking in the process of placemaking and working with architects to engage educators in the shared responsibility of design of learning spaces. A goal of facilitating learning relationships between architects and educators is to design spaces that reflect and support relevant pedagogy.
We also know that exploring concepts of ‘built pedagogy’, including how this concept relates to digital spaces, is an excellent way for educators to explore ways to energise curriculum.
We are driven by the idea that learning spaces often reflect the people and learning approach of the times, so spaces designed in the past are not likely to fit perfectly with students in present or future education (Oblinger, 2006).
A couple of interesting references to lead your thinking:
Leonard, R. (2007). Spaces for learning: Richard Leonard urges architects to embrace the new education pedagogies and to “use the physical environment as a major reform element”. Architecture Australia, 96(5), 59-66.
Oblinger, G. (Ed.) (2006). Space as a change agent. In G. Oblinger (ed.), Learning Spaces. Ch. 1. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/research-and-publications/books/learning-spaces