It starts with thinking about what super-highways will be like in 25 years. When designing new learning spaces, the integration of design with technology is more important than ever. New indoor and outdoor spaces must be outfitted for growth in order to reach their potential as new technologies and education models are introduced.
When planning the Cal State Dominguez Hills Library, we designed a non-traditional resource center that encourages collaborative and distant learning. The library doubles as a cultural arts center and required a partnership with a non-profit to curate the space.
Libraries are not just for paper books any longer. Our research has led our design team to consider light and technology more than any other factors in the building of these collections and learning centers. Light, its reflection and properties must be carefully integrated so as to take advantage of the amazing possibilities that projection, virtual movements, and touch-screen technologies affords. New learning environments are an investment in future generations and must be capable of being flexible and adaptable.
When sourcing new and cutting-edge materials, such as the one seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38. We are careful to consider their environmental impact, their economies in the long run and their potential life cycle. While some new media and hardware may seem exciting, it is important to carefully vet all their characteristics in order to ensure their long-term value on a project.