Future University – Edge Zones
February 5, 2013 – 6:47 pm | Comments Off on Future University – Edge Zones

I’ve been thinking a bit about the future of the university, and it seems to me that a new model may be emerging, one that has something of the traditional sanctuary of a place of learning, but that innovatively engages communities, both local and international. There will, of course, have to be those preserves where students and teachers can contemplate their experience and learn together, but there must also be what, for the moment, one might think of as an edge zone where interactions of many kinds might take place.

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Design Excellence: Lean response to challenges of practice
October 22, 2010 – 9:47 pm | Comments Off on Design Excellence: Lean response to challenges of practice
Design Excellence: Lean response to challenges of practice

Excellent buildings have become the exception not the norm and although this may be due to a litany of external factors; it is also due in large part to our professional fixation with the purely formal qualities of buildings and spaces often to the exclusion of their dynamic situations over time, the spectrum of activities they enable, the overall goals of the client, the resources they require to build and maintain, and their ability to adapt, change and improve over time. These shortcomings present a clear and immediate challenge to re-evaluate traditional practices and find innovative methods to measurably improve design quality.

Defining Work
September 13, 2010 – 7:26 pm | Comments Off on Defining Work
Defining Work

How does one get to the nature of the work?

The first key is close observation; how is the work done? What are the interactions that define the work flow? Who interacts with whom, and what is the content of the interaction?

NetWork: A New Vision for Work, Behaviors, and Settings
August 25, 2010 – 5:34 pm | One Comment
NetWork: A New Vision for Work, Behaviors, and Settings

What is NetWork and what does it look like across a range of places, supporting a broad spectrum of distributed work practices and behavioral settings?