Thursday, February 12, 2009

Day 43: Halls of Learning

Day 43: Halls of Learning, originally uploaded by susanvg.

A meeting today at Concordia University. I was struck by the atrium - several stories high - letting light in to a place for enlightenment. Are universities meeting that goal? I would think some students leave just starting on their path to intellectual enlightenment, having obtained some tools that will help them.

We need these buildings, places where people can learn face-to-face. This atrium reminds me of the agora of Greek times where people could gather to hear speakers and talk about issues.But there were few places to sit and few people discussing. Too much of what happens here is the search for marks not understanding.

This building is full of straight lines and stairs that move up in an orderly fashion. Learning isn't like that. Disorder, recursive - not straight lines to truths and understanding. But I guess not all buildings can be designed by Frank Gehry.

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