Seminar discussing future learning and research environments

Learning and research environments for the future
Currently CCO are working on the designs for a number of educational buildings, covering a broad variety of subjects. Amongst them a new research building at Denmark´s Technical University, Lyngby Campus. Niels Bohr Science Park at The University of Copenhagen, where five faculties will share research and teaching facilities including wet and dry laborites, Roskilde Technical School, Navitas in Aarhus which bring together; Engineering, Marine and Technical Engineering and INCUBA Science Park. Recently we were on the winning team for the future redevelopment of the Carlsberg Station area including over 5000m2 of new education facilities, amongst a cluster of buildings covering 80.000m2.


The architectonic staging of the learning environment
Roskilde Technical School (RTS) assembles different educational subjects in one building. Carpenters, car mechanics, painters and decorators will share facilities with IT-technology students and programmers, meaning a cacophony of cultures will come together in a new environment. There is a clear ambition for these different cultures to connect and find common social ground. The architectonic staging will endeavor to bring the students together through communal social zones, shared outdoor playing fields and recreational spaces, as well as the inclusion of a large atrium at the heart of the building. To be used as an assembly room for the school. 

The future Niels Bohr Science Park, for the Faculty of Science at The University of Copenhagen is a complex campus. The challenges is to bring the wet and dry laboratories up to modern standards and to create an education facility which will enhance cross collaboration between researchers within the different fields. Covering subjects such as; physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and education science, the architecture of the building will support cross dialogue and encourage interdisciplinary communication and knowledge sharing between the faculties, through large lecture rooms and communal spaces. With Niels Bohr Science Park, CCO and the University of Copenhagen aim to create new visionary and flexible environments for education and research.


The didactic paradigm shift – modernization of pedagogy
Jens Dolin, Head of Department and consultant Sebastian Horst, both from The University of Copenhagen´s Department of Science Education, emphasized the didactic demands for the psychical environment and discussed the idea of what actually creates optimal possibilities for learning. Cognitive science is driven by emotions which supports the idea of ideal psychical framework. The modernization of the learning environment must take into account the modern pedagogy. Collaboration between architect, teacher and researcher is thus a prerequisite, in order to create forward thinking architecture for the future learning environments.

Kristian Kreiner of Copenhagen Business School opined that knowledge sharing and cross disciplinary collaboration will not grow out of the physical surroundings. Rather, the interaction between the users will overrule the architectonic concept. Kreiner argued that optimal psychical facilities in the educational and research environment must be thought independently of the user, as we are in no position to know whether they will actually be used for the purpose they were designed.