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Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

S. Ehmann , S. Borges
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15 Feb 2012
How well we learn is directly linked to where we learn. In our digital age, an enormous amount of information is easily accessible. Against this background and because lecture-style teaching is no longer popular, knowledge is inevitably passed on differently now than in previous times. Today, the spaces in which we learn in various phases and situations throughout our lives have to look differently than those in the past in order to meet our current educational needs. New spaces promote learning by inspiring us, providing us with helpful tools, and facilitating opportunities for productive cooperation and the exchange of ideas within groups. Learn for Life is a diverse collection of inspiring architecture and spaces that support progressive and collaborative models of acquiring knowledge. In addition to new interpretations of traditional places for learning including kindergartens, schools, universities, libraries, and educational centers, the book also features commercial buildings whose architectural innovation is redefining our understanding of what it means to develop professionally in offices, corporate headquarters, conference rooms, convention centers, and laboratories. Also included are more experimental projects such as flexible, informal, and temporary installations and exhibits that offer further perspectives on the rapidly evolving topic of how best to learn in the new millennium. The examples presented in Learn for Life also show how color, light, and the organization of space as well as playful elements and surprises can be used to support learning. In short, the work presented in this book makes clear that the creative use of architecture and interior design not only provides a new physical framework for acquiring knowledge, but also revitalizes and advances the process of learning as a whole. For exclusive previews inside and excerpts from this book, go to www.gestalten.com.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag (15 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9783899554144
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899554144
  • ASIN: 3899554140
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 23.5 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent inspiration 23 Jan 2013
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This is an excellent book if you're looking for illustrative inspiration for either yourself, work places or, like me, to encourage students designing. This is not for those looking for in depth discriptions about the designs as there is only a little text with each example. Great selection of examples and photos from all over the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn For Life 2 Jan 2014
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Beautiful hard bound book. Photos of innovative architectural ideas. All in color with brief descriptions accompanying each architect/ artist.. I recommend this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Spaces 7 Oct 2013
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My own decorative sense is somewhat eclectic and non-conformist but what drew me to this book was an opportunity to influence the redesign of our creative space at work, as much a concern for grown ups as for children. The predominant theme presented is curves, a lot of coloured windows and light, the scope is world wide and the focus mostly education and library centres from pre-school to university, about 40 examples of collaborative spaces for business and the arts (mostly in chapter VII) and one communal bath house in Shanmen China (pp178).

Vibrant photography throughout, enjoyable to look and to read the short descriptions. Wach location is given a but a couple of pages. The pictures suggest use but often they are shown without people so one isn't quite sure of whether or not the design actually works or how effectively it is used.

Most of the places where I've worked have periodically redesigned their work spaces, sometimes to cram in more people and others to improve productivity, security, accommodate equipment or make it more inviting for guests. Next time this occurs it might be a nice idea to slip this book in and ask... why not?

Some would make for interesting side trips while traveling, though not all would be open to the public. And a number would make great settings for science fiction films. :-)
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book, but it makes one jealous 17 July 2013
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As a teacher I enjoy looking at the learning institutions featured in this book. However, it makes me jealous and sad to notice that very few of them are in the US. I'll avoid any politically charged comments and just say that this book will really make you think about how space can be used to enhance learning. That said some of the buildings just seem odd for the sake of it.
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