Academic Achievement Through Architecture

Erin Tallman
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Sustainability hits every aspect of architecture and design today.

Architects Tomas Eliaeson and Thomas Carson-Redding spoke of the tiny living movement in regards to student housing during NeoCon 2017, and one of the first points they addressed came down to lowering carbon footprint. Beyond sustainability, they spoke of human needs. They decided to ask students from over 30 universities what design changes would better the quality of living at a university.

As architect Grace Kim said during a TED Talk 2017, “Loneliness can be the cause of our built environment.”

So as architects it’s important to focus on end-user happiness when designing a building. In the case of student housing, Eliaeson and Carson-Redding learned what students need from their spaces, their environments, directly from them:

Room configuration, a comfortable chair and work surface—not necessarily a desk— integrated technology, a private zone in the shared living quarters, playful furniture for study, the ability to study anywhere, anytime, a connection to outdoors, good acoustics and more.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CAMPUS NORTH RESIDENTIAL COMMONS BY STUDIO GANG ARCHITECTS. Photo © Tom Harris

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