How do we improve how we communicate about space and therefore improve its design?
As part of the 2023 Mayfield project we realized this is not an easy question to answer but rather a wholistic approach across multiple stakeholders is required and that approach is the aim for authentic listening. We believe this is the first step to answering the above question.
To prompt the right questions for these categories we developed a simple set of cards that aim to ask more questions than they answer, but aim to get listening to start to happen. Each cards content was important and needed to take the user in the right direction and so it was tested against the below questions:
- Does it lead to an improvement in the understanding of the existing space/people?
- Does that understanding then lead to an improvement in the design of the space and its output?
Designers Of Space
Authentic Engagement Toolkit
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Who is this tool for?
Anyone can be a designer of space. Whether you do it professionally as an architect or designer, teach in an education space that you make your own or even just live in a house that you have arranged. We are always surrounded by various spaces whether defined or not and they greatly affect our emotions and the activities we are able to achieve.
As passionate educators and designers of learning environments, there is a great awareness of the way in which the design of a space can greatly affect its usage and success as a learning space. This process has highlighted that conflicting perceptions of learning spaces and their requirements can sometimes occur between Architects and educators. The importance of the design means there isn’t room for miscommunication or misinterpretation and instead we need a tool that allows for authentic listening between two skilled professions so that the outcome is able to allow for more successful JEDI design.