alt learning spaces

“Our understanding of what constitutes knowledge is evolving. A lot of people will attribute this to the digital revolution, but I don’t think it’s that simple: for example, traditions of craftsmanship have recognized different types of knowledge acquisition for thousands of years, among them apprenticeships. And today, even in formal institutions, people are realizing that learning isn’t just about “the sage on a stage” or the one definitive text you pull off a library shelf. It’s about making, experimentation, collaboration, multi-sensorial experiences. All of these different kinds of learning can be facilitated by a well-designed space.” – Precedents for Experimentation: Talking Libraries with Shannon Mattern and Nate Hill

“Mattern: Over the past decade we’ve certainly seen examples of real estate developers offering unoccupied storefronts for temporary uses like art shows. And with issues of gentrification on everyone’s mind, neighborhood residents are actively thinking about what kind of culture they want represented on the ground floor, the street level, of their cities. People are aware of the value of having a space where citizens can collaboratively program events amid the nail salons and designer stores.” – Precedents for Experimentation: Talking Libraries with Shannon Mattern and Nate Hill