Campus Retrofitting (CARE) Methodology: A Way to Co-Create Future Learning Environments

Suvi Nenonen, Robert Eriksson, Olli Niemi, Antje Junghans, Susanne Balslev Nielsen, Göran Lindahl

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    The future learning environments are not based on standardized design solutions like lecture theatres for 100 persons or classrooms for 40 persons. As new technology and new ways of studying are being developed new demands are put on university environments. At the same time utilisation of resources in form of both teachers and university facilities is challenged by development of integration of learning, teaching and the spaces where it takes place. The challenges are shared among users and owners of campus, where retrofitting is needed too. This paper aims to describe Campus Retrofitting (CARE)- methodology for user-centric and co- creative campus retrofitting processes. The campus development research in Nordic countries and co-creation in retrofitting processes are discussed. The campus retrofitting cases in different countries are described by emphasising especially the methods they used. Based on the analysis of the methods the framework for Campus retrofitting (CARE) - methodology is presented and discussed. CARE-methodology is a tool to capture new logic to learning environment design. It has three key activities: co-creating, co-financing and co-evaluating. The integrated methodology and the formulation of the guiding principle of the CARE-way of sustainable retrofitting of university campuses opens up an agenda for investigating a new methodology for sustainable urban retrofitting in a Nordic context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th CIB World Building Congress 2016
    Number of pages12
    Publication date2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event20th CIB World Building Congress 2016 - Tampere, Finland
    Duration: 30 May 20163 Jun 2016


    Conference20th CIB World Building Congress 2016
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    • Universities
    • Space management
    • Facilities management
    • Space design


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