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The future of education

Stantec takes a glimpse into big trends for education design

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<p><b>On screen: Millennials move to leadership</b></p> <p>the evolution of millennials into faculty positions and leadership positions in education is going to begin to accelerate the transformation of architecture and space in learning and research environments. I think up until now we’ve been planning for them as students through higher education, and now as they’re coming out into leaders they’re going to begin to implement some of the things they believe in the design of our buildings.</p> <p><b>On screen: Creating a campus experience</b></p> <p>Space outside the classrooms for a university are going to become more important. The experience the university can offer a client that's different than what someone can get online, or a student can get online, is going to be the difference that keeps higher education alive as a place to come to.</p> <p><b>On screen: Data-driven design</b></p> <p>The idea of big data and what that can do for the systems that can make up a building is going to transform design and higher education. In terms of what we can do for clients in the areas of efficiency, of operations, and lifecycle of products and systems is going to be dramatically different. As these systems become aware of themselves and can monitor their state of being through connections with the internet and big data so it's going to change with way we look at building system and design in a real fundamental way.</p> <p><b>On screen: Alternate financing</b></p> <p>As pressure continues to be on intuitions of higher learning to reduce their tuition and to cut costs, that you're going to see more and more private sector partners come in to help them meet their capital needs without putting a big burden on the taxpayers and other funding mechanisms they have. The first glimpse we're seeing of that is in student housing.</p> <p><b>On screen: No more quiet libraries</b></p> <p>The role of the library isn't about a warehouse for books, or a warehouse for knowledge and quiet study. These spaces will become advanced learning type environments. Places for students to come in and work in groups or do research, and have access to information but more as a gathering place than libraries typically were. It's going to fundamentally change the way libraries function as less of a place of going to get knowledge and more as a place of being able to apply what you're learning.</p>

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