Multipurpose Spaces

Title Abstract Publication Date
A Divisible Auditorium/Boulder City, Nevada. Presents specifications and operation of Boulder City's divisible auditorium. The planners designed a wedge-shaped seating area divided first by an audiovisual core bisecting the wide end of the...
A Loft-y Idea for Learning A fourth-grade teacher describes educational uses of a loft he constructed in his classroom. After drafting a constitution, the children brainstormed possible uses as reading/writing nook, small-... 10/31/1995
A New Trend in Dining Design. Describes how to create additional revenue streams by designing campus facilities that are flexible and multifunctional and that satisfy student preferences. The college dining hall is used to... 03/31/1999
Acoustic Requirements for a Multi-Purpose Hall. This case study examines the proposed design of a new lecture/recital hall in Centennial Hall at Lynchburg College that will be used for lectures, public events, a film studies course, and musical... 08/31/2002
Acoustical Environment of School Buildings. Discusses results of a field study made of the acoustical environment of schools designed for increased flexibility to meet the spatial requirements of new teaching methods. Questionnaires were sent... 12/31/1962
Acoustical Treatments that Make the Grade. Discusses design features and electronic assist devices for improving classroom acoustics and sound absorbing features for reducing reverberation in large, noisy spaces. 10/31/2003
Against the Grain. Assesses the benefits of using synthetic surfaces as an alternative to hardwood flooring in multipurpose gymnasiums. Explores such issues as durability, flexibility, and ease of installation. 10/31/2001
Architecture for the Whole Child: Celebrating Change! Argues well-designed middle schools support the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional changes students experience. Promotes a design that is a hybrid of the home-based, child-centered elementary... 10/31/1997
Auditoriums and Performance Spaces: Planning Flexible Spaces for Students and Communities. Discusses the steps in preparing performance space in schools that can serve both students and the community, including its shape, the stage, and storage. Reducing background noise and considerations... 03/31/2000
Auditoriums with Rooms that Turn and Pools with Floors That Move Offer Wise Use of Facilities. Auditoriums that have areas with seats on turntables for easy conversion into classrooms and swimming pools with floors that raise and lower are examples of flexible facilities that offer schools... 07/31/1979
Balancing Multiple Needs through Innovative Facility Design. Designing buildings that incorporate and integrate a number of departments and functions is one way that colleges and universities are balancing financial challenges and facility needs. These... 03/31/2003
Becoming Versatile. Suggests creating mix-used parking structures that can accommodate teaching space, offices, and retail establishments. In whatever facility is created, it is important to keep the focus on the... 10/31/2003
Beyond Net-To-Gross: Analog Tools for Thinking with Non-Architects about the Design of Circulation and Other Shared Spaces. Uses the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Koch Biology building to demonstrate design solutions linked to substantive issues about the client's activities, strategies and goals. The... 12/31/2004
Building Blueprints: Auditoriums and Performing Arts. Profiles the performing arts space of West Aurora (Illinois) School District's Greenman Elementary School. The double-sided stage features one proscenium facing the gymn, for large events, with... 11/30/2006
Building Blueprints: Cafeterias That Perform. Reviews the design and detailing of cafeterias that also serve as performing or meeting spaces. 02/28/2007
Building Blueprints: Multipurpose/Common Areas Profiles Philadelphia's School of the Future auditorium, featuring two turntable sections that can be reversed to become classroom space. 06/30/2008
Cafeteria/Multi-Purpose Spaces. Highlights school cafeteria design criteria that creates dining facilities that are both social areas as well as eating spaces. Also examined are key design considerations for multi-purpose areas. 04/30/2001
Classroom Clusters Presents photographs and the floor plan of a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade school building that is designed with teaching and support areas arranged around a large, triangular room that serves... 12/31/1996
Commons Sense. Explains how a commons area can serve both the school and community by becoming a cost-effective, spacesaving asset to the school building. The commons area is examined as a place for interaction.... 12/31/1998
Community Use of Schools: Facility Design Perspectives. Today's education facilities are having to accommodate more than just traditional students and programs--schools often must provide access for night and weekend use, as well as serve as centers... 12/31/1994
Designing New Schools: The Race for Space Research shows that for effective learning to occur, children must be actively involved. They need space to work with a wide variety of materials, share ideas, and present their findings. Architects... 02/28/1997
Designing Space for Sports and Arts: Design Guidelines for Sports and Arts Facilities in Primary Schools for Dual School and Community Use. This guide offers general design proposal guidance for sports and arts spaces in England's primary schools, where these types of spaces can be used by both school and community members. It... 12/31/2000
Divisible Auditoriums. Reviews building designs which have been significant in the development of the divisible auditorium and theater and the fundamental concepts of the multi-purpose facility. The facilities range from... 04/30/1966
Educated Walls. Discusses the advantages for educational facilities of using movable walls, including flexibility, reusability, environmental responsibility, and improved features. 12/31/2002
Facility Focus: Athletic and Recreation Buildings. Discusses how to design athletic and recreation buildings that satisfy diverse student needs and enhance the facility's repeated use. Five building designs and basic floorplans are examined. 06/30/1998