📑 ‘Lifespan’ or ‘Learnspan’? Designing to mitigate irrelevance

Bookmarked ‘Lifespan’ or ‘Learnspan’? Designing to mitigate irrelevance - by Joann Cattlin (iletc.com.au)
Brand (1994) refers ‘shearing layers of change’; the components of a building that over time, may or may not alter and/or have the capacity to alter, in response to required changes. The components as he describes are 1), the site (setting and location), 2) structure (foundation and load bearing elements), 3) the skin (exterior surfaces), 4) services (the wiring, plumbing, heating ventilation), 5) the space plan (interior layout of walls, doors, ceilings), and 6), stuff (chairs, desks, appliances etc.)
This is an interesting take on the longevity of learning spaces from Chris Bradbeer.

To avoid obsolescence of educational buildings what is important therefore is not only to consider the ‘lifespan’ of our schools but also we are cognizant of their ‘learnspan’

via Tom Barrett

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