A Space of My Own
The space that I find the most engaging, the most conducive to my own creativity is the school where I currently work, the Cayman International School.
The exterior architecture of CIS carries with it an expansive, modern feel with its sweeping lines and tall, white columns amidst the gentle climate of the Caribbean.
But it’s the wide variability from one end of the campus to the other that really makes this a space where I can feel challenged:
on a physical level
or an intellectual plane,
At the same time, it’s the children who help keep me playful,
while the ubiquitous tropical flora keep me grounded in nature.
and in the lab,
a place of motion
and of peace.
And, within that space, I feel free to create.
For me, the key take-away from reading the article, “Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century: A Room of their Own” by Mishra, Cain, et.al. would be that the best person to ask about how to design a space is the person who is actively using it. Architects, designers and other planners can do their best to prepare a space to be useful, but it is practical day-to-day use that represents the real proof of functionality. From a personal perspective, as we moved into a new technology lab at Cayman International School this past November, the Tech department was afforded the opportunity to redesign some of its layout. The new lab had been planned by last year’s tech faculty to identically match the layout of the old lab, albeit transplanted to a different location within the school. However, within the limits imposed by the already installed network and power infrastructure, our current department members chose to scrap the old design for a different one that better fit our current goals and teaching styles. The old design was perfectly suited to teachers who are no longer at the school. Meanwhile, our new design suits us quite well indeed.