The New Public Learning Environment: The Paradigm Shifts in Learning and its Impact on Program, Space, and Architecture of Contemporary Knowledge Cente

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Peeradorn Kaewlai
Tipsuda Janjamlah


As people learning experience changed, access to information and knowledge exchange, including the dissemination of knowledge, has changed from the original form. Many traditional learning environments and libraries need to be adapted. Designing learning environment for people in the next century is very crucial. How to design environment that facilitates public learning in the future? How new learning paradigm has in impact on the program? What is the architecture of the contemporary knowledge center? This study has three main parts. The first is a multi-case study research to analyze the physical characteristics that facilitate new learning experiences through the design of 8 prominent knowledge centers from 8 countries: Denmark, Japan, Norway, United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, Taiwan, and Sweden. The second part is in-depth interviews with policy-makers and designers in the area of learning environment. The third part is behavioral observation of users in space specifically design for learning in Thailand through observation and interview of 18 users. The study revealed that the paradigm of learning has changed into leaning from experience. Involvement and perception encourage individuals in the search for knowledge and identity in a complex society. Empowerment and innovation will support social goals. The people have the power and can rely on themselves. Innovation is about finding new answers or developing conceptual approaches in order to express freely and originally. As a result of this change in the learning paradigm, the learning environment becomes more of an interface of knowledge. A space where people have the opportunity to Interact. The collection space is clearly reduced and there are spaces for developing ideas or knowledge, such as skills development, opportunity to learn to do business in the community. The place became center of the city or community. The architecture of knowledge center appeared in two forms, the landmark and the harmony with the context


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