IDEO: Stanford Center for Interactive Learning

Various authors, Mar 09, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Most of the places I've worked - including my current location - have been really badly designed for any sort of academic work. Even new buildings seem to focus on long, narrow hallways into which people disappear into their offices. Not that I dislike offices - I do, and I wish I had one, because people need their privacy. But the design of common areas is so frequently neglected that in most places I've worked it is basically non-existent. So this link, via elearningpost, comes as a refreshing alternative, looking at the use of town and community metaphors for environmental design. Something like what we see here should inform, in a major way, our design for of the learning spaces of the future.
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