When I saw this inspiration on the OpenIDEO current challeng, it made me think of how a campus, especially in the city like NYU-Poly, should be open on the outside world. It also reminded me that what makes a place attractive is people, common goals and activities:
It transforms any wall into a whiteboard... At Poly, there are so many creative, interesting people, but everyone is sequestered away doing their own thing. Ideapaint is a way for students to get a sense of what other students at poly are thinking and dreaming about, even if they never meet face to face. having a central location covered in ideapaint would be a great way for people to have an open, shared, collaborative space.
This is my favorite Jerusalem cafe, Tmol Shilshom. It's a second-hand bookstore as well, and the menu is literary-themed. Everything is very worn-in and inviting. Books and good food, what more do you need? :)
All my life I have been quite a book junkie. Books imbibe knowledge and imagination and take you places far and wide.Surrounded by a gazillion books gives me solitude and calm. Strand Book store is one such place where I can plonk myself in a corner with a cup of chai and establish my place of zen.. The atmosphere is homey and vintage.
An interesting concept and space at Rochester Institute of technology: The center for students innovation.
Their Vision:An Innovation University characterized by innovating students and student innovations. Their mission: The Center for Student Innovation will recruit, foster, celebrate, and support student innovators and student Innovations through extra-curricular and curricular opportunities, facilities, events, training, and mentorship.
About the process
How interests become ideas and ideas become projects. (and how to get space)
Students come in with an idea, or an interest, or they're just curious. They get coaching, advice, offers of support and help making
connections by Center staff and fellows help. They join the community
and find collaborators talking to people, and by creating personal and
project pages in the NOVA site at nova.innovation.rit.edu. Eventually, they have an idea they want to pursue. Sometimes it's an
idea they walked in with. More often, its one that develops through
conversation and interaction.
For projects or ideas in which goals are not clear or focused, more
meetings are required to determine scopes and expected outcomes. A
vision of the ultimate goal and a sketch or description of a worthwhile
near-term objective is invaluable. A sketch or a paragraph on your
project page is often enough to define a project, give you a mission,
and give the Center an idea of what you'll need to succeed. If you think
you may patent your idea or want to keep it a trade secret, do not disclose it on the NOVA site. See http://nova.innovation.rit.edu/csi2/main/node/IP
Innovation is a team sport, even if you're a lone inventor. Ideas
become projects with help from students, faculty departments, alumni,
and businesses. We help fill holes, help you connect to resources, help
you develop your project. As the project warrants, concept
sketches, renderings, methods of manufacture, software, development
plans or marketing plans will be developed.
Planning is always good, even though plans are usually wrong. A plan
is just a list or a diagram of actions assigned to people in time. It
helps you and your collaborators "pull in the same direction", and be
accountable for what needs to be done. A tentative plan is required if you seek financial support or space in the Innovation Center. It lets us all know what you are going to need, and when, and what can be expected if you succeed.
Dedicated Prototyping Space
To build physical prototypes, dedicated space may be needed. CSI DOES
NOT OFFER DEDICATED CLUB SPACE, but rather dedicated project space for
students, groups, and clubs. If your project gets dedicated space, you must:
put a printed project page with contact information at your space
label any work-in-progress that is left (temporarily!) on a common work surface
blog your project's progress on a regular basis
Any unmarked objects may be discarded, dismantled, or re-purposed (after two weeks in "Purgatory"). When necessary, new and promising projects will displace older inactive projects.
Mini-grants are sometimes available for projects in good standing.
The project must have a Faculty Advisor, and a Student Project Manager
manages each project. You can request funds using the form at http://goo.gl/DA2tH A faculty advisor or the Center Director can help you formulate a good request.
I was thinking of how the campus seems sometime closed with many people not knowing that there is a campus and that there are students.
I read about this innovation space at Virginia Tech:
"The InnovationSpace is a multimedia computer lab open to the students,
faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech, as well as the local general
public, with the mission of providing assistance through free and open
access to software, hardware, and specially-trained staff"
I like the idea that its a space open to all within the university but also to the local general public.
They even have students led workshops: http://spacecamp.is.vt.edu/!
When I was faculty at INSEAD, one of my favorite events was the National Week organized by the students.
"National Weeks take place throughout the year and are an INSEAD
tradition on both campuses. Arranged by participants of a particular
nationality, they showcase the country's culture, business, music,
food, and national pastimes. As these events are often sponsored by a
variety of companies from the country represented, they also provide
valuable networking opportunities for MBA participants."
Students will decorate the campus, share with other students and with faculty, different aspects of their culture. There is not more than 20% of any nationalities represented at INSEAD so there were opportunities for many different national weeks!
It was a great way to learn about other cultures and those organizing to share about their cultures...
What would be your national week? How would you plan it? What would you want to share?
"Not to be missed! On May 2, 2011, the Copenhagen Philharmonic amazed
commuters at the Copenhagen Central Train Station, as they created a kind of
orchestral "flash mob" – performing Ravel's famed Bolero, with the musicians
gradually assembling in place as the work progresses. The video – which
shows not only the assembling orchestra, but also the delighted faces of the
commuters – has generated overwhelming interest, and indeed has exceeded the
orchestra’s expectations. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! "
Check the video at: http://www.classicalarchives.com/feature/dont_miss_this.html
What I find inspiring here for this challenge is how the experience of the train station and the commute associated with it (which is not necessarily positive and / or exciting) is transformed by the performance of Ravel's Bolero by the musicians. The space here is inhabited by the performers but also create a new environment and experience to the commuters. What kind of activities (not necessarily performance, but art could be an option to explore) can create this new experience of the space?
One can think of the jazz concerts sponsored by BAM in summer at MetroTech: I am always amazed by the crowd that suddenly emerged (not that many NYU-Poly people - students, staff or faculty - though) and how the plaza can become lively...
This inspiration explores the space surrounding our own campus. In the hurrying hours of our own day, we fail to see the beauty that is so imminent, yet unnoticed. We can also notice that when a new installation is unveiled, it has a draw for the first few days. So how do we retain the interest? Thank you Laura, for this wonderful inspiration.