Thursday, 10 March 2011

Viewer comments

To all those viewing this blog. I would really appreciate comments that will stimulate discussion about the points that are being raised and also to propose new ones. Controversial is fine by me.
The blog is being viewed internationally so we could get some interesting comparisons, trends and debate going on.

The list below shows where the blog is being viewed from.

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  2. Hi Nigel, a few days ago you were talking about the need to watch what is happening with learning space design within our schools.

    There is a great example of this here:

    Not only is it talking about the space, but about the changing in learning and shows how learners are also changing

    BTW are the numbers above the number of hits or of individuals?

  3. Toni
    Thanks for the link. It is interesting and does demonstrate the point I have been making about looking at what developments are taking place in primary and secondary education.
    Kevin Knox mentioned this in his comment about what we saw when we dropped his son Kalan off at school.
    The environment was designed for collaborative work, the teacher could travel easily to each student and the space was easily reconfigured.

  4. hi Nigel, nice haircut.

    This thread is a good one as it has struck a chord with me about the continuity with schools and progression to university. Not just in terms of technology which we all know is often quite good in schools, but in terms of the sadly depleted BSF projects. See this link to a blog I run with images from a primary school that I visited. It was fascinating to see how the headteachers' role in working with the architects has been successful in terms of creating a community feel and especially the learnign street, which used to be just a central corridor.
    Click this link...

  5. The haircut was a masterpiece produced by a Chineese lady in Melbourne. I walked miles to get something I could afford.
    I was interested in the refernece on the blog you mentioned about how colour varied by age.
    What I know is that reds and oranages make spaces appear smaller and more intimate where as blues make them seem more spacious.
    Waht I am thinking about here is should the colour reflect age or purpose?
    It may even be that there is a connection.
    What is clear in my mind is that colour plays an important part in the feel and ultimate success of a space.
    I know that this is obvious to most but why then are learnig spaces usually white or magnolia?

  6. Hi Nigel,

    Not seen the haircut yet, I'm sure it's good :-) It's great to see colour being discussed in relation to learning space design as that is a big issue here at Newcastle. Trying to get our ops and maintenance to think outside the box and away from magnolia is a major stumbling block. I am taking the head maintenance manager from here to see some of Toni's spaces at Birmingham in April. He needs to understand how colour is a key factor in the space design and that with the coming increase in tuition fees next year we need to ensure our teaching and learning spaces will meet the expectations of the new students coming up through the ranks. The primary and secondary sectors are in most cases years ahead of HE in this respect. We need to catch up quickly. Best wishes from Geordieland. Az.

  7. I had a discussion about colour today at University of Queensland. It seems this is a global issue.
    There is no doubt that progress has been made with regard to getting away from 3 shades of magnolia but just introducing colour from a pallette, without considering whether the colour is appropriate for the use of the room, is to be avoided.
    Derek Powell showed me a room today where coloured lighting is used to light the whiteboards. They have white, red, blue and green which is very effective in changing the ambience of the room.
    I will post some pictures to show this on the report of my visit to UQ


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