“Student Zone” as a New Dimension of Learning Space. Case Study in Polish Conditions

  • Klaudiusz Fross
  • Dorota Winnicka-Jasłowska
  • Agata Sempruch
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 600)


With the quick development of Information Technology, there occurred changes in the ways of knowledge acquisition. Its expansion influenced the new methods of studying and learning. It modernized the tools to support it as well. Students are looking for greater practical cognizance and experience. Progress of information network and work means related to flow of the information, carried weight on its simple acquisition. Activities, connected with the use of network and new forms of work, are forcing new functional and spatial relations and interactions in the university buildings. Nowadays, the process of gaining knowledge is taking place in different locations - not only in lecture rooms, but also in social links and electronically. With the support and through access to digital resources and mobile devices, learning can take place anywhere in many ways. These new trends have their reflection in the architectural spaces of universities. The paper describes a way to create a modern and innovative student zone on Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology in Poland. There were presented the following steps: an idea, schedule of the task, surveys carried out among students, student competition for interesting thoughts, creation of project team involving students, accomplishment of the project financing and implementation. Zone for student of architecture has a chance to become a model for the other faculties.


Higher education University building Students’ space Learning space Teaching space Participatory design Qualitative research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaudiusz Fross
    • 1
  • Dorota Winnicka-Jasłowska
    • 1
  • Agata Sempruch
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ArchitectureSilesian University of TechnologyGliwicePoland

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