Categorising learning spaces


© 2016

© 2016


All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

The interplay between space, learning and meaning making is complex. For architect Herman Hertzberger, learning is not confined to a specific space. Learning could take place in a hallway, city or home. Perhaps it is not the categorisation of learning space that we need to consider, but rather the fluid transition between spaces which are flexible and serve multiple functions. For example, a swimming pool is a space that is both for recreation and also for learning how to swim. Should learning and recreation be separate? Walking in a rainforest is both relaxing and yet full of learning opportunities. Rather I would propose that we expand our understandings and definition of spaces for learning.

2 comments on “Categorising learning spaces
  1. Thanks so much for sharing. I wish we had more forward thinking in design of our education spaces where I work. I found his comment “Sometimes it works, some times it doesn’t” so powerful because he is clearly a very successful architect yet he still sees the importance of taking risk and it opens the opportunity for failure but also opens the opportunity for improvement. Awesome!

  2. Hi Hyacinth,

    Thanks for sharing this. It really clarifies the relationship between the design of a space and it’s uses eg. The pit where instead of teachers telling students to sit in a circle, the space creates the circle naturally.

    I like your Padlet too.

    Great ways to use these sharing tools.


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