Sydney’s University of Technology is about to undergo an exciting transformation.
With Frank Gehry on board as the starchitect of the new Faculty of Business, the process is underway to design a new high tech library, among other facilities.
Speaking with one of the staff who is instrumental in the library design process, the conversation turned to the challenge of future proofing community facilities which are being developed today. How can we begin to conceptualise how technology will transform our buildings, our urban environments, even in ten years’ time?
Along with applying flexible, adaptable, universal design principles to the process, UTS has engaged Gen Y-ers to talk about their hopes and dreams for the campus of their future. The university is conducting qualitative research with early high school students, questioning them about the kind of buildings and facilities in which they would like to study when they are older.
This is a smart approach which demonstrates the university’s willingness to learn from younger generations and its commitment to its future student population.
Genuine, open-minded engagement is one of the cornerstones of true social sustainability. It’s great when that is recognised by established institutions.