The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) recently hosted the Metropolis Think Tank Series Roundtable at their Ponce City Market office, which was moderated by Metropolis magazine’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Susan S. Szenasy, to discuss how designers and administrators are responding to the changing needs of colleges and universities. Seven representatives from four surrounding universities joined the SLAM group. Bretford, Dupont Surfaces and Sunbrella sponsored the event.
The Metropolis Think Tank series is a live research program which connects the wisdom of local knowledge groups with design thinkers, clients and other stakeholders. The main topic of the discussion surrounded the growing role of the experiential learning environment and how to plan and design for it. Related topics of interest included the “maker space movement” and the importance of student innovation and entrepreneurial project spaces to the learning experience as well as using the atelier as a model for instructional space.
Other crucial topics discussed at the event included how design may reduce the increasing level of anxiety that many of the institutions are beginning to observe in their students and how space can be used more efficiently as resources to support expansion shrink. Critical links were discussed regarding how K-12 students are being prepared for college and how universities can prepare for their future students in turn. The relationship between universities and corporate partners was also explored, as the methodology behind how universities are preparing students for future careers intersects with corporate advocacy at the state level for increased educational funding in order to increase the job talent pool.
For more information regarding the Metropolis Think Tank Series please visit www.metropolismag.com.