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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: Thanks Daryl...YES, emphatically. Everything you suggested will make it into our plans. I will send your yet to my design committee.
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      Jan 31 2013: Also, we live in a global "throwaway" culture…not just waste but ideas as well. As artist I have always maintained a relationship with those ideas or components that didn't make it into a certain project, not because they were waste or "bad" but because they were incompatible with where the project evolved. So I propose a "Recycling Bin", a server that maintains all the bits and pieces of any projects that don't make it into the final cut that is accessible to everyone with it's own monitors and/or public space to emphasize that "dumpster diving" can sometimes be fruitful….

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