While office spaces, hospitality and housing design have evolved tremendously over the decades, the physical development of educational spaces has largely stood still.

Educational environments – from primary education to universities and from libraries to research labs – need to enable spatial flexibility. The most relevant aspects of the new learning culture:

» co-creation

» experience-based learning

» problem-solving

» research and

» design thinking

require individually adaptable learning environments. These spaces should support the dynamically changing needs of students, staff and external experts, and – above all – should evoke curiosity and creativity.

Existing knowledge of how physical space can support and enhance learning and cognitive performance has not been reflected, so there’s a lot of catching up to do.

Tanya Ruegg
Partner, Creative Director



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