I am sat in Christchurch Airport waiting to fly out to Melbourne hence the title of this blog.
Strangely enough I have met several travellers in NZ who work in HE. They have been from Canada, USA, Australia and of course NZ. I visited Christchurch University on the 14th. What was interesting is that they all had tales of woe of badly designed spaces, even new ones.
One head of school from a Canadian university, which shall remain nameless, was pleased to hear of the work that is starting to emerge in this area. We spent some time discussing why badly designed teaching rooms seemed to be a global issue and concluded that one reason is that technology has presented new opportunities and challenges to the technologists but the designers, usually architects, have not kept up.
Another and possibly the main reason is the fear of change. I have no doubt that within HE there is a traditionalism that is an obstacle to change.
To be controversial I would even say there are some in positions of power who take the opinion what was good enough for them when students should be good enough for anyone with some minor adjustments.
On another note is there anything in particular followers of this Blog would like me to check out in Melbourne University?