ERIC Number: ED201248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Redesigning Our Campuses to Meet the Needs of Our Commuting Students: Study Lounges.
Andreas, Rosalind; Kubik, Jan
The interaction between changing student populations and the study-lounge facilities provided for their extracurricular higher educational experiences is considered. Trends indicate that increasing numbers of students are commuting to the college campus and that: the commuting student lifestyle can be characterized by multiplicity of roles; commuting students can best be characterized by their heterogeneity, a factor that mandates a multi-faceted approach to planning; time on campus and for higher education is limited; and the commuting student experience of the college or university has some common elements, including the food service, library, and bookstore. Two important considerations in planning for public space are the apparent need for personal space and individual territory. Research has indicated characteristics of study space that are important to student comfort and concentration. It is suggested that the study-lounge serves a multiplicity of functions for the commuting students, a factor that has implications for the design of multiple use space. The commuting student frequently needs space (for study, conversation, quick meals) in close proximity to classrooms; therefore, the study-lounge should be located on an established traffic pattern. In design preparation, three types of data need to be gathered: identifying the most frequently occurring activities, the relationships among the activities, and the requirements for their performance. Two examples of the application of this design process are described. (SW)
Descriptors: Building Design, College Buildings, Commuting Students, Design Requirements, Extracurricular Activities, Facility Planning, Facility Requirements, Facility Utilization Research, Higher Education, Recreational Facilities, School Space, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Student Unions, Study Facilities
National Clearinghouse on Commuter Programs, University of Maryland, 1195 Student Union, College Park, MD 20742 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Personnel Association (Cincinnati, OH, April 1981).