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Why our buildings must balance connections with people, technology

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Not long ago I visited a museum that was advertised as highly interactive. And interactive it was. One could hear the words of history from the participants themselves. Technology was brought to life through video, touch screens and “intelligent tables.” I found myself presented with a history that I never knew, and reinforcement of history that I was already familiar with. In the three hours that I spent there, I learned a lot. But only later when I discussed my experience with the other people in our group did that knowledge truly come to life and deepen my understanding. more

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Creating an effective campus environment

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A young man of my acquaintance was recently touring college campuses.  Like thousands of high school juniors he was looking for that perfect place to continue his preparation for adulthood.  He wouldn’t put it that way, of course.  For him it was “Can I see myself in this place?”  “Will I do well here?”  “What will life be like here?”  So what were his responses?  About one campus he said, “I’m not feelin’ it.  Too old and institutional.”  At another place he said, “This is my new #1.”  Why?  “The buildings were new and I felt comfortable.” more