Novel architectural solutions change campus design

Jenni Poutanen, Sanna Peltoniemi, Noora Pihlajarinne

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional


    The change in the learning paradigm from transmission of information
    to an active learning model is evident in higher education, too. From
    solitary to group work, from virtual to learning by doing, all means
    and methods are possible. Like a lively city, so do our campus premises
    need to support a greater variety of spaces, as learning is becoming
    more and more diverse. How does architecture, in different scales and
    different solutions, enliven the existing university campus?
    From holistic to small surgical operations, architectural
    solutions are presented on three different scales; campus, building,
    and group of space. Pervasive solutions, in which the whole layout is
    drastically changed, possess potential in changing essentially human
    interaction and how the building is used. However, these solutions
    are slow and expensive to execute. Then again, targeted learning space
    solutions, created, for example, in an area of formerly supporting spaces, are less expensive but have an impact only in the vicinity or for
    a certain group of users. The existing premises of campuses possess
    a huge potential to be turned into vivid urban centers that support
    learning and research of the future. Hence, the existing buildings can
    be seen as platforms for novel architectural solutions, and stages to
    present universities state-of-the-art education and research.
    The outcomes of the research can be applied in different design
    stages and scales of campus environments. The article aims at evoking
    readers to ponder on novel and innovative solutions that could be used
    in campus development, and can be seen as a conversation opener for
    designers, campus developers and users. The visions presented in this
    article inspire readers to look upon campuses from a new perspective
    through innovative examples and spatial solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHow to co-create campus?
    EditorsSuvi Nenonen, Sami Kärnä, Juha-Matti Junnonen, Sari Tähtinen, Niclas Sandström, Kaisa Airo, Olli Niemi
    Place of PublicationTampere
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)978-952-15-3493-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Publication typeD2 Article in a professional research book


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