C3 no.406_20 #2/6
Collaborative and Didactic
Urban Learning Typologies
Collaborative and Didactic: Urban Learning Typologies _ Gihan Karunaratne
What makes a successful learning environment? The context? Particular classroom design? Aesthetic expression? Schools are fundamental elements of our conventional architectural environment, catering not only for students and teachers but also for the wider community.
New pedagogical approaches are altering the architectural composition of the school design; small group settings, studios and areas for independent studying and practical activities place the priority on a student-focus approach rather than a teacher-focused one.
To Work _ Eric Reeder
As Rem Koolhaas proclaimed, “junkspace accommodates the seeds of future perfection.” It’s been 20 years since the publication of Junkspace, in OMA @work.a+u. We have since been preoccupied with the future of workspaces, and the evolving expectations of what the workplace of tomorrow might be. The corporate heavyweights in workplace design, every so often proclaim the end of the open office plan; but is it? We can’t seem to ween ourselves from flexibility that openness in space affords us.
The workplace is complex under the surface of seemingly simple arrangements. Our workplaces are being radically rethought as we operate in digitized worlds of communication and transaction. Divisions of physical space bound by active edges, transitional between one activity and the next, all carefully choreographed and complicit in our daily time. Every space wrapped in every moment is accounted for.
Weaving Together Narratives of History
Building in a Historic Context
Weaving Together Narratives of History – Building in a Historic Context _ Anna Roos
As I ascended the steep spiral stairs of Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower this morning I contemplated the historical significance of the tower and how it has pulsed the heart of the medieval city for centuries. I contemplated how buildings are imbued with history and how our history is integral to our identity. Architecture has the ability to connect generations over centuries of time. Like literature, it has the power to transport us to eras in the distance past and convey stories of our ancestors to us. Each building has its own story to tell.
There are stringent building restrictions on listed buildings, but these very restrictions also provide clues to possible solutions. New insertions can suppress or heighten the impact of the old structure and the tension between the old and new can create a fascinating dialogue that can enhance both.