Recognising our Student Accommodation as Enablers for Well Being
Greg Powers, Head of Capital Projects & Planning, Trinity College, Dublin
Students in Higher Education Institutions often spend more time in the accommodation building spaces than in the academic spaces on campus and socialising combined. Coupled with that, Student Accommodation is intended to be their nest for the term and may for some be the first time away from their home. From surveys, the Student Accommodation experience is also most likely to be the most memorable of a Student’s life in a University.
As more understanding develops of the spectrum of mental health difficulties young people can face, sometimes with tragic consequences, HEI’s, Commissioners, Designers and Operators of Student Accommodation have an enormous responsibility to create inexpensive and welcoming wellness and healthy facilities, programmes of activities, positive and safe environments and pastoral care.
Greg will share some of the findings of specialist groups in Trinity College Dublin, charged with sourcing/building 2,000 new bed-spaces for the University, to the latest wellbeing standards and with new models to reduce capital, carbon and running costs.
What Do We Mean by ‘Design Quality’?
João Bravo da Costa, Project Architect, Collado Collins
The current planning environment is stirred by political turmoil, shortages of funding and resourcing, ongoing changes in regulations, and increasingly fractious dialogue. Against this background, the housing crisis is proving as intractable as it is urgent. Planning complexity, land scarcity, and fierce competition are heightening the commercial pressures. How to steer new development past these increasingly challenging hurdles to deliver new housing with the best possible quality? Through a discussion of our experience with recent projects, this presentation will make the case for a focus on objective design quality – how we can keep design and dialogue aimed at consensual goals while avoiding unsolvable arguments.