Communications in Collaborative Spaces (HSW)
More and more clients are requesting the collaborative spaces from designers. This includes both collaborating with each other within the same room, and collaborating with peers across the globe. Sometimes this is a flexible-use space that allows users to mobilize and have group discussions, and other times it is more of a lecture-style space that must also accommodate for group discussions from the audience. These rooms not only have technology requirements to house, but also have acoustic challenges that need to be addressed in order to make these rooms successful. Acoustics, noise control, room size/shape, and thoughtful AV design greatly enhance the professors’, students’, and distant learners’ experiences and, in many instances, make the difference between a favored room and an unused room. We will describe what those requirements and challenges are and give you some tools to help create a space your clients will enjoy using. Numerous project examples will be shown, along with demonstrations of online collaboration tools.