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47 Volume 3, 2000 MURJ David Foxe Reports Specificity in Context: Selected Studies in Architecture and Technology for Education David Foxe T he architecture of higher education institutions for health care programs is an example of a diverse and highly specialized niche within the architecture profession. Architectural design in this realm encompasses a wide variety of aesthetic, educational, technological, and logistical issues relating to the person in roles as learner, teacher, facilitator, and administrator, as well as patient, doctor, etc… For eleven weeks in the summer of 2000, I was an intern with the higher education team of Kahler Slater Architects in Milwaukee, WI, which is a 130-person firm with offices in Milwaukee and Madison, WI. Guided by a list of topics I was assigned to research, I organized the existing information from locations within the office, researched information to be incorporated from external sources, and developed a cohesive way to combine the existing and new information in an eminently expandable organizational system.Although the system can constantly evolve and gain new information,this analysis takes a written “snapshot”of the information as it existed in August, 2000. The analysis was originally directed primarily towards the Kahler Slater higher education team while being as understandable and usable as possible for others within and beyond the firm; the original report has been reformatted and shortened to the present form. A primary idea that permeates these issues of spaces, technologies, and trends are that the designs are characterized by specificity in context; the research files consist of highly specific infor- mation that is shown within the context of individual projects and/or locations, and the organiza- tion of the files puts this specificity into a more usable context within the specifics of higher edu- cation architecture. Consequently, the three major issues that the research files and this analysis address are: (1) design recommendations for health- and education-related spaces, (2) the archi- tectural implications of various technologies, and (3) the larger architectural, business, and edu- cational trends which have an effect on designs for higher education. One must first understand the business, educational, and planning trends that have an effect within the context of higher education in order to transfer them into specific, meaningful, tech- nology-enhanced health- and education-related spaces.
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48 MURJ Volume 3, 2000 David Foxe Reports Business and Education at the turn of the 21st Century Educational facilities are increasingly follow- ing financially lucrative fields such as biomedical technology, internet startups and networking, and materials science.Areas of the US that do not seem receptive to new business innovations will have a hard time keeping graduates and attract- ing businesses towards a good economy, and are in danger of being bypassed as locations for new and expanding companies. In the case of
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