Announcing our UBTech Contest Winners!

We will be posting a full article about our contest winners, but just in case you were wondering…..we wanted to let you know that the lucky winners have been selected and contacted!

Congratulations to:

  • Indiana University
  • Binghamton University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Penn State
  • The University of New England, Portland
  • University of South Carolina Upstate

Keep an eye out for further details. And there may be another contest on the horizon……..

The FLEXspace™ team is proud to be a Program Partner for the UBTech 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL June 12-14 (details at registration at https://www.ubtechconference.com/home).

Visit us at  Expo  Booth 114!

FLEXspace a proud UBTech Program Sponsor!

Beware of the Word ‘Flexible’: Architect Danish Kurani on Designing 21st Century Schools (EdSurge News)

“Flexible.” It’s a word that often pops up in conversations about redesigning learning environments, relating to choices in furniture or movable walls. But according to Danish Kurani, redesigning 21st century classrooms goes much deeper than merely achieving flexibility—it involves going all the way back to considering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Danish Kurani
Kurani is a licensed architect who focuses his work on learning spaces, and currently teaches a “Learning Environments for Tomorrow” course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education every year. Having worked on locations ranging from Denver’s Columbine Elementary to SELNY, a psychotherapy clinic and adult learning center in New York, Kurani has seen and used a variety of tactics to implement learning design in pursuit of specific goals.

This week, EdSurge sat down with him to hear about the most common design constraints, architecture gone wrong, and the work his firm recently conducted on the Code Next Lab in Oakland. Check out the Q&A below, or the recording on the EdSurge podcast.

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Indeed, the FLEX in FLEXspace isn’t just about flexible spaces, we must also consider learning outcomes and activities, needs of individual instructors and students using the spaces, and more.

 

“Flexible.” It’s a word that often pops up in conversations about redesigning learning environments, relating to choices in furniture or movable walls. But according to Danish Kurani, redesigning 21st century classrooms goes much deeper than merely achieving flexibility—it involves going all the way back to considering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

 

Kurani is a licensed architect who focuses his work on learning spaces, and currently teaches a “Learning Environments for Tomorrow” course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education every year. Having worked on locations ranging from Denver’s Columbine Elementary to SELNY, a psychotherapy clinic and adult learning center in New York, Kurani has seen and used a variety of tactics to implement learning design in pursuit of specific goals.

 

This week, EdSurge sat down with him to hear about the most common design constraints, architecture gone wrong, and the work his firm recently conducted on the Code Next Lab in Oakland. Check out the Q&A below, or the recording on the EdSurge podcast.

We’re designing schools of the future with tools of the past—and it’s hurting our education

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“We invest literally billions of dollars and years of effort into improvements in education around the world, but we fall short at the final step. We’re making leapfrog-like advancements in nearly every aspect of education, yet when it comes to thinking about and investing in the learning spaces themselves, we are woefully behind. We are building a state-of-the-art Formula 1 engine in the body of an old, broken-down Buick, and wondering why the car won’t go as fast as we thought it would.”

How Creative Collisions Drive Innovation

“That’s the architectural invention of creative collisions, that you create architecture that allows these accidental ad hoc kind of meetings of minds and people to happen,” he said.

Take the learning spaces, for example. Under older teaching methods, one person stood in the front of a room and other people listened. It is a highly structured and hierarchical relationship, says Kleinman. In the new campus that will be blown apart. The spaces draw inspiration from artists’ studios, where groups work collaboratively and can critique one another’s work.

When the new campus was being designed, the team explored how these kinds of spaces functioned and looked at how such concepts could be applied to Cornell Tech’s needs. They asked questions such as: how do studios work? What kind of spaces qualify as jury space? What kind of surfaces? What kind of furniture?

The result is learning spaces which are open, flexible, and full of daylight. There are surfaces which are designed to be appealing to the touch.

From writing on the walls to moving furniture, learning spaces aren’t just vacant spaces for students to work on computers.

These design choices also reflect the innovative teaching styles at Cornell Tech. It also mirrors the interdisciplinary language used by staff, which might draw on a range of fields, including art education.

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“That’s the architectural invention of creative collisions, that you create architecture that allows these accidental ad hoc kind of meetings of minds and people to happen…

In the new campus…”spaces draw inspiration from artists’ studios, where groups work collaboratively and can critique one another’s work. When the new campus was being designed, the team explored how these kinds of spaces functioned and looked at how such concepts could be applied to Cornell Tech’s needs. They asked questions such as: how do studios work? What kind of spaces qualify as jury space? What kind of surfaces? What kind of furniture?

 

The result is learning spaces which are open, flexible, and full of daylight. There are surfaces which are designed to be appealing to the touch.”

 

Read more …..

Upload your Spaces Today to Enter for Free UBTech Registration!

Our contest is closing today. Please make sure to upload your learning spaces!

 

We will make is easy for you — simply upload an image of your space and at a minimum, enter:

  • Contact Email
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Any other descriptors would be great, but not necessary for the contest! 

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We’ll be announcing the winner later this week!

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20 Years In the Making, A New Building Brings Innovation to Students

As we evolve and become more efficient, so do the spaces around us. Colleges and universities take advantage of the advancements in modern architecture and technology to provide students with improved learning environments.

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Another exciting new learning space from SUNY!

“One of the newest buildings paving the way to the future is the all new Science Hall at New Paltz, which held its grand opening at a March 9 ribbon cutting.

Being the first new building in 20 years, the 77,000 square foot Science Hall is helping fill the need to provide students and faculty with innovative learning spaces. The building houses programs in Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Astronomy, Geography, and the AC2 program. The AC2 program is in place to support students in STEM disciplines from underrepresented backgrounds.…….”