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Ron Burnett

President and Vice-Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design


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Can we develop a new architectural model for art and design universities that will reflect new ways of thinking about learning and education

I am involved in the modeling and construction of a new campus for Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. I want to build something that is transparently connected to the social and virtual spaces we now inhabit. I want the campus to represent the best practices in new methods of learning in art and design. This will be an iterative process and I am hoping the TED community will be interested in sharing and suggesting ideas. Can buildings move beyond the conventions of space that we are accustomed to? Can a campus be built that is to learning what Twitter is to conversation? Is this type of metaphor valid and useful? We need discourses that really differentiate between the conventions of learning we have inherited and the news ones we are building.


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    Jan 31 2013: Monitors and other projections of "common Space" work, workflow, evolution of ideas in play for current projects and related message boards floating around the common areas with input from the pupils at large through wifi. Interactive, social and project oriented integration with inhouse network systems including audio plugnplay throughout. Large open spaces showcasing multiple displays for real-time input...

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