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Campus Development Creating learning spaces is a dynamic process New research, and new developments in the crossfield between learning and the physical environment mean that creating the best possible framework for learning at DTU is a dynamic process. New advances within learning and new technological requirements are among the major challenges when designing university buildings. The keywords for new learning facilities are flexible solutions and dynamic processes. Dialogue with the University’s own user groups and with leading specialists in the field of learning room development as well as inspiration from leading universities around the world are vital to creating an optimum and long-lasting framework at DTU. Unlike most other Danish universities, DTU owns its own buildings. This unique position enables us to stay close to the process, to test and study the environments, and to apply our experience from previous building projects to new ones. The renovation of Building 421 was the first to involve the renovation of auditoriums, databars, and communal areas in stages, and which resulted in a number of models being created and valuable experience being gained which have been used in subsequent projects. Before DTU Skylab moved into its new facilities in Building 373, the space and institution concept had been tested in a temporary room in Building 205. Today, DTU Skylab serves as an example of how a well-designed environment can stimulate innovation and attract entrepreneurial students from near and far. To kick-start the extensive auditorium renovations at DTU, in spring 2015 Campus Service held four themed workshops together with the DTU Learning Lab, lecturers and students from the Lyngby and Ballerup campuses as well as several architects. The purpose was to present state-of-the-art research on learning and space, and to create a common mindset and a shared understanding of the relationship between space and learning. Presentations from researchers were followed by discussions, and the four workshops were chaired and facilitated by Malou Juelskjær, Associate Professor and PhD from the Danish School of Education (DPU) at Aarhus University. The workshop themes have subsequently been compiled into a report, which will help everyone working with learning spaces at DTU and which can also be used by DTU’s other employees and students. The report presents knowledge on how the interplay between the study environment, teaching, learning and physical space can be discussed at DTU. The four workshops were followed by a presentation by the company Bigger Picture A/S, which acted as a visual communicator and produced ‘graphic process drawings’ while summarizing the day’s discussions, insights, and conclusions in a visual format. The drawing on this page is from the workshop on 17 April 2015. 09/2015 Transforming DTU 32


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