Creative space in design education: A typology of spatial functions

Katja Thoring, Carmen Luippold, Roland M. Mueller

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Abstract

This article analyses the role of the space for facilitating creativity, especially in the context of creative education. Based on a qualitative user research with cultural probes, five different types of creative spaces were identified: 1) the "Solitary Space", which allows thinking and meditation, and which is characterized by a silent atmosphere, 2) the "Team Space", which invites people to communicate with each other, and which is characterized by noise, playfulness and team interactions, 3) the "Tinker Space", which allows people to experiment and to build stuff, e.g. in the university's workshops, and 4) the "Presentation Space", where people can actively present and show their work, or passively consume input (such as lectures). Additionally there are "Transition Spaces", like hallways, which are used for informal exchange and chats as well as to withdraw from the focused creative work. Independent from the type, different functions of a creative space could be identified, such as a) space as a knowledge repository, b) space as an indicator of a specific culture, c) space as a process manifestation, d) space as a social dimension, and e) space as a source of stimulation. The paper suggests characteristics and criteria for each of the types and functions. The results are summarized in a framework. The work presented in this article may contribute to a better understanding of the impact of the space design for creative design education, and might also be used for design educators to improve the design of their classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012
Pages475-480
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012 - Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 6 Sep 20127 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityAntwerp
Period6/09/127/09/12

Keywords

  • Campus layout
  • Classroom design
  • Creative space
  • Creativity
  • Cultural probes

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