Walk around any university and find what are essentially pop-up collaboration areas. It could be in a food court, a library, a park bench or under a tree—it’s where a group of students decided that this is where they’ll collaborate on a project while glancing at each other’s phones or peering at a tablet.
Many schools are figuring out that, since that’s the way students ingest information, they might as well help facilitate it with technology. That’s certainly the case for the University of Kansas which recently wrapped its $70.5 million Capitol Federal Hall School of Businesses.
The building design called for large open spaces and interconnected common areas that, by design, promoted a greater level of serendipitous interaction between all building visitors, according to a press release by video display manufacturer NanoLumens.
The school wanted an “anchor” for that over-arching focus on collaboration. That came in the form of two NanoLumens NanoSlim Engage LED displays appropriately set near a coffee bar in the building’s main atrium.
Gensler worked on the project with full-service architecture firm GastingerWalker&. The digital signage results are stunning.