How Higher Learning Spaces Are Changing in the COVID-19 Era

Flexibility and agility are keys to creating adaptable spaces that can conform to current academic needs, as well as potential future issues. “There is a need to implement mode shifting ability, using generic meeting facilities and group spaces for mock studios fitted for broadcasting interactive sessions,” explains Carsten Primdahl, lead design architect at CEBRA Architecture. “We also need the ability to create social study bubbles during the pandemic while maintaining social interaction at a distance. This involves activating all kinds of idle space to distribute activity.”

Discussing the need for design that works within the framework of a hybrid method of learning, Stevens says, “We leaned towards asynchronous learning as an overarching vision for the design, with the aim of enhancing accessibility and equity—thinking about the possibilities that come from a space that can accommodate an in-person classroom one day, but also be equipped with the technology for a lecturer

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