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What is It?
- Learning Environment refers to the various methods used to educate the public about the building, (including operating systems), gardens, and events pertinent to the Green Garage.
Why is it Important?
A strong learning environment:
- clarifies the foundational elements of the Green Garage and demonstrates how they were put into action
- allows visitors and staff to learn at their own pace and according to their own need
- provides a basis for further discussion
- keeps important principles at the forefront of the minds of those working in the building
- simplifies life in the building
When to Use It?
- A learning environment is useful at a most basic level (i.e., where are the restrooms?)
- A learning environment is useful at a more complex level (i.e., how did we design our ventilation system?)
- A learning environment is useful for those passing by the building (i.e., flower labeling in the alley gardens)
- A learning environment is useful to those working on a daily basis in the building (i.e., foundational elements tree prominently displayed)
- A learning environment is useful to visitors (i.e., self-guided tours)
Green Garage Use of a Learning Environment
- Overall goal: The Green Garage will be a place where learning is done on a continuous basis- where new learning is always welcomed and where past learning has been noted and is continually improved upon.
Strategy and Conceptual Design
- Develop outdoor learning opportunities.
- Develop outdoor signage for building identifying building name, address and logo.
- Develop outdoor signage for individual businesses.
- Develop outdoor signage explaining benefits of native gardens and providing identification of individual plants.
- Develop outdoor signage for water, recycling and composting features.
- Develop kiosk as a means of communication with the public.
- Develop indoor learning opportunities.
- Develop indoor signage for businesses.
- Develop indoor locations signage.
- Display schematics for major systems in building.
- Display historical photos.
- Display selected conceptual design drawings.
- Display daily schedule on computers.
- Display operating systems data on computers.
- Develop tours (specific schedule)
- Design workshops.
- Connect with community events as learning opportunity.
- Develop children's play area in back yard as learning opportunity.
- Develop renter orientation program.
- Principles of Adult Learning by Stephen Lieb
Proposed Materials / Suppliers
- Still to come
The Learning Environment - Development Story page contains many images and videos documenting the process used at the Green Garage to design, build and operate our Learning Environment system.
Related Internal Links
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