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Entries in Education (15)

Friday
Oct062017

Factors Fueling a New Era for Campus Planning

Northwestern's new San Francisco satellite space is one example of how the institution is integrating its global brand into campus spaces. Image © Gensler.

Earlier this year, The Atlantic published a story depicting a new normal for higher education—one fraught with a dwindling pipeline of enrollees, rising tuition costs and an increase in school closings. It posits that the increased savvy of the higher-ed shopper, coupled with years of criticism around rising tuition costs and student debt, have driven universities to a tightened economic reality. In a climate where every dollar counts, universities are getting smarter about capital improvements to the campus and approaching decision-making more like today’s developer: What is the highest and best use of space on campus today? How can we ensure that the improvements we make appeal to our ‘customers’—students, faculty and staff—and keep them coming back for more? How does our brand go beyond school colors and evoke the true experience of our institution?

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Thursday
Sep072017

Reimagining High School: Envisioning RISE High

Image © Gensler

XQ: The Super School Project began two years ago as an open challenge to America’s educators and creative professionals to reimagine high school as we know it and, in doing so, to revolutionize the education of our nation’s future. That challenge was accepted by over 700 teams from across the country who submitted applications for the opportunity to form 10 new schools, catalyzed by a $10 million grant provided by Laurene Powell Jobs.

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Speaking of Livability

The stairs to Sydney’s Opera House invite a social moment. Photo: John J. Parman.

The new issue of Dialogue is designed to be read on any online device that suits you—a transition, 17 years after its debut as a print magazine, that speaks to how ideas and information reach us now. On a recent trip to Europe, I read a book on my iPhone—a necessity in the dimmed cabin of a 787, but one that spares me having to bring six paperbacks along to catch up on my reading.

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Monday
Feb062017

XQ: A Chance to Rethink High School in My Backyard

Image courtesy of Ashley Marsh.

When the opportunity came to contribute to XQ: The Super School Project a year ago, I jumped in. As a resident of West Oakland, it was, after all, a moment to do something in my backyard.

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Monday
Feb062017

Let’s Get Physical: Design Possibilities for the Digital Classroom

Motorola Mobility’s Chicago Headquarters fuses cutting-edge technology and workplace design to become a benchmark for the creative office. Image © Eric Laignel.

Last year, we ran a blog series on Reimagining Learning in which our team defined six learning behaviors—acquire, experience, collaborate, and reflect, master, and convey—and identified how physical space can support them. As companies are increasingly looking for people who can do things like communicate clearly, solve complex challenges, lead teams and define strategic direction, a growing number of learners are turning to any resource where they can learn these skills quickly, effectively and in sync with their busy lives. Thus far these skills have been taught in-person, but today many online resources are successfully teaching them in an entirely digital environment.

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