Knowledge Work in Campus Environment - Opportunities of New Technologies in Working and Learning Spaces

  • Piia Markkanen Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu
Keywords: Working environment, Learning environment, Multi-space, multispace, lighting, LED, intelligent lighting, adaptive lighting


Learning and research environments in academic campus context are undergoing fast changes. The changes are occurring both on the level of technology implemented to the environment and the space itself as the traditional cellular offices are increasingly being replaced by open work environments. Knowledge workers, such as the researchers, are at the core of creativity and innovation. The ideal working and learning environments support both creative thinking and collaborative interaction. This article explores the current understanding of the requirements of high quality research and learning environments, and it aims to examine the link between creativity and space. In doing so, I wish to highlight how the architecture of the workspace can respond to the requirements of a successful working environment and how immaterial elements, such as lighting for instance, can induce creative thought,  achievement, and innovation and importantly enhance the well-being of the occupants of the space. Furthermore, I will look into how the architecture and technology of the space affect the dissemination of tacit and explicit knowledge amongst individuals and within groups. As part of my research project, aimed to provide new scientific information of the real user needs in academic working and learning environments and create concepts of hybrid multi-spaces, I will discuss in this paper how architecture and lighting design can support knowledge sharing, peer-to-peer interactions, creativity and innovation, which are imperative for success in knowledge work. Hence, the findings could inform the design of new learning and working environments suitable for both user expectations and knowledge production.


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How to Cite
Markkanen, P. (2014). Knowledge Work in Campus Environment - Opportunities of New Technologies in Working and Learning Spaces. Proceedings of the Annual Architectural Research Symposium in Finland, 255-267. Retrieved from
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