Facility Planning: The ‘Gulf of Reluctance’

Building a bridge to those isolated by the idea of change.

Architects and educational leaders should consider four (4) steps in their efforts to design truly innovative schools: i) being collaborative and building partnerships, ii) communicating continually, iii) creating opportunities to see, feel and touch innovation and iv) anticipating reluctance.

Our natural instinct, when faced with the prospect of change, is to be cautious, conservative and concerned. It’s a whole lot easier to cling to the past than it is to grab on to the future. Yet, that is exactly why we design 21st century school facilities that function in dramatically different ways than 20th century factory models.

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