As a student in modern society, we are surrounded by technology. Often, we find technology consuming us, leading us away from being engaged in our learning.
As architectural designers we are called to create comfortable learning spaces that are attractive, clear of unnecessary distractions, and balance the need for technology with simplicity in design.
Technology is one of the greatest tools our world has to offer for teaching in new and innovative ways, but it can distract us from the main objective, learning. As architects we look to make the learning space adaptive to changing technologies, and ways for the students to interact with it. Products such as smart boards and tables with sufficient space for laptops gives the teachers the opportunity to teach through innovative strategies that includes both technology and old-fashioned styles.
The materials we look to use are often brighter colors that include aspects that are not too distracting to students and teachers. A simple design of laminate and vinyl planks can be a good flooring choice because its simplicity does not distract the users. For younger groups, carpet is safe and can designate spaces for specified activities. Simple white painted walls allow for the room to feel more open, especially with the integration of natural light and vegetation.
Environment as a whole:
What is the best way to make sure the students and teachers are both comfortable and active in the classroom? Does furniture, sunlight, HVAC systems, and color make a difference? Keeping a space comfortable for users includes maintaining a neutral temperature while integrating aspects such as natural lighting and vegetation. The furniture along with the colors and materials selected continue the process of creating a comfortable and learning efficient environment.
Why does this matter?
At JL Architects, we seek to incorporate sustainable systems that allow for the growth and adaptability of future technologies. We must adapt to the ever-changing environment outside the classroom to create a new and long-lasting environment inside the classroom.
-Franklin Rodriguez, Architectural Designer