Some say that well over half of the nation's school & university space is functionally obsolete - and as these facilities age the problem only gets worse.
At MKThink we are often presented with the challenge of how to transform dysfunctional space into high performance space once again - and the upside potential for students, educators and learning institutions alike is huge.
One recent example involved a 1970's lecture hall at the Stanford University School of Education.
While it may have served its purpose in its day, the space became severely underutilized, due in great part to its rigid, face-forward seating configuration which limited its use to large lecture-style instruction only.
As educators have sought more effective ways to connect teaching to comprehension they have embraced more interactive forms of learning --- group discussion ---active participation and the like - the need for more adaptable space is essential.
So how did we do it?
First, we brought light into what was a windowless space and connected it to a breakout garden.
We reconfigured the existing sloped floor and replaced it with three broad tiers -
the room is furnished NOT with fixed seating but rather with comfortable movable seating that can easily adapt to a variety of learning configurations and sizes.
The space now supports multiple modes of learning and is in high demand.
And what once was a rarely scheduled room is now a highly demanded space that rarely is NOT in use.