On the last episode of EDU-646, Design and Production of Educational Spaces, we had the opportunity to watch some of the interviews we that we conducted to different professionals in the architecture and educational fields.
But, before that, we took the opportunity to discuss the schedule for the coming weeks. Our meetings will be conducted bi-weekly until the 12th of April which will be our last one. For the month of March, we shall meet on the 6th and on the 20th, and on April on the 3rd and on the 12th .
Afterwards we began to review the interviews. We began with the interview conducted by Yoselyn Rodriguez to the Architect, Hugo Betancor. From this, we first discussed the challenges of the interviewing process. Not only can it be a sometimes awkward experience for the interviewee, but also for the interviewer. It is important to be prepared with a set of guide questions, that will outline and conduct the main topic of an interview. Also, as an interviewer, you must be attentive to the other person’s remarks and be able to comment or further expand about them. More importantly, one must be able to maintain some kind of control of the interaction, therefore keeping it concise.
Regarding the interview itself, the architect offered insight when the designing any type of space in general, which is pertinent to educational spaces as well. It’s important to be aware of the practicality and functionality of said space. Furthermore, make sure that the wellbeing of its participants and the general environment is met.
The second interview that we viewed was the one conducted by María Josefina Gómez to Antonio Delgado, who is an instructional designer and technologist. He offered insight in regard to personalized learning environments and the benefits of continuing education. We all learn in different ways. It is essential that we explore the flexibility and opportunities that a unique and fully tailored learning experience offers.
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Lastly, we viewed the interview conducted by Jorge Colón to Fernando Montilla, Director of the Creative Technologies Studio in Sagrado. He offered his thoughts on the importance of knowing the functionality of the purpose that is being designed, very similar to the insight offered in the interview to the architect. Also, he mentioned the importance of modularity and expandability of a space. Therefor it will not be constrained to a specific use forever and be able to evolve in time.
More importantly, the idea of how the design of a space itself influences an individuals behavior. From the decorations displayed in it, to the size of the space itself. In this case, he mentioned that most visitors when they first come to the studio, they tend to lower their voice. The studio itself is a very large and open space, and has large ceilings.
It is a peculiar reaction, that we wanted to explain. As it turns out, it seems that the sense of a loss of intimacy, created by the expanse of the space might be the cause, as mentioned in a small article by Judah Ronch.
Large spaces tend to not promote intimate conversations, and are normally used in large lecture interactions where one person speaks and a large group of people tend to listen. This engraved cultural dynamic and the loss of intimacy, due to the magnification of sound or how it travels in such a space, might be the main cause of why people just lower they voice.
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In the end, it can be said that there is a correlation of how a space is designed and how it can influence the individuals participating or interacting in them. With these interviews we can see, firsthand, that most of the time there is a plan and a purpose in the design of every environment, even if the majority of us just take it for granted. It’s an invisible art, that even if it can’t be seen at first glance, it can shape our interactions and our capacity to learn in the background.
After this last meeting, we shall take most of the concepts that we have been discussing and sharing, and look at them through a pedagogical looking glass.
Video of our Last Class (In Spanish)