Learning Environments: Network of Learning

A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander’s book that set out an alternative approach to architecture and planning, contains a series of patterns that deal specifically with education and learning. 18 Network of Learning This pattern advocates for decentralised learning that can become “congruent with the urban structure itself.” (Alexander 101) Criticism of the current model draws …

Knowledge / Institution: Protest at York University – A Comparison of Events in 1968 and 2005

The 1960s was a time of student unrest in Canada. Students at York University participated in the growing movement against university administrators.  Primarily opposition to academics at York had to do with the hierarchy of administration, student input in their education, and the dominant capitalist ideology of the university as an institution (Saywell 120). Students …

Knowledge / Institution: University of Manitoba – Research + SmartPark

Overview: University of Manitoba as a corporate model has expanded the research into many practical areas. Has a long history of leading the innovative research in agriculture, medicine and engineering, the university receives funding from various sources include Federal, Provincial government and state corporations, as well as companies and manufactures. Smart Park provide expandable spaces for research …

University Planning: University of Manitoba

Overview: "There was little direct government involvement in higher education until the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when disputes between and within denominational groups, the influence of United Empire Loyalists, and a fear of American  republicanism began to politicize Canadian higher education." (Jones, 6) "The increasing government interest in and support of higher education raised the question …

Case Study: Lethbridge University

The University Type: Suburban Campus Site Planning and Development: The university was housed in temporary facilities on the Lethbridge Junior College campus until the early1970s. Planning for a new campus started in July 1967, with UPACE (University Planning, Architecture and Consulting Engineering—a joint venture of three Toronto architectural firms) as the consultants. They were engaged …