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Interior Design honors for Brody Learning Commons

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

When Interior Design magazine named Brody Learning Commons an honoree in the 2013 Best of Year Awards last week, it honored a place that the Johns Hopkins University community has called home – and nicknamed the BLC – since its doors opened in the fall of 2012.

Designed as a complement to the Eisenhower Library, the open and connected BLC offers a range of study spaces, a quiet reading room, and a state-of-the-art conservation lab. Its beauty is more than skin deep, though: the BLC is ...[more]

Topping-off ceremony for Brody Learning Commons

Thursday, 19 May 2011


Johns Hopkins marked a milestone in the completion of the Brody Learning Commons with a May 9 topping-off ceremony. The symbolic last steel beam, bearing hundreds of signatures of members of the Hopkins community, was hoisted into place at the end of the event.

The library as a physical space for learning

22 March 2013

Harvard GSE Program in Professional Education, Cambridge, MA

Janette Blackburn, AIA, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch

A 21st century learning commons

26 June 2010

American Library Association annual conference, Washington, DC

Loretta Parham, Director, Robert W Woodruff Library
Gail McClenney, Deputy Director, Robert W Woodruff Library

New learning commons for University of Alabama

Monday, 11 January 2010

The University of Alabama today announced plans for an “extreme makeover,” implementing recommendations from Shepley Bulfinch’s recent library study to create a collaborative technology-rich learning environment for Gorgas Library. The redesign will integrate flexible seating, new lighting, and the creation of variety of individual and group learning spaces as part of the new Gorgas Library Learning Commons.

“We’re creating a communal space in a library where students and faculty come together to work, to do research, to get help from librarians, to get coffee,” aid Gary Wasdin, assistant dean for the Library’s access and information services.

The library’s first floor, which is currently closed for renovation, is expected to re-open in mid-February.

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An integrated learning commons for collaborative learning and academic support services

4 November 2009

Educause - Denver, Colorado

David Dodd, CIO. Xavier University
Robert Cotter, Associate Vice President, Xavier University
Kandi Stinson, Associate Provost, Xavier University

Building an experience

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Steve Erwin AIA, LEED APWe are at an interesting point in time when considering teaching and learning environments. On the one hand there is a fundamentalist movement in how we shape teaching and learning environments. There is a drive to get back to the basics. Bright cheerful and energized spaces that can adapt to a full spectrum of teaching (guiding) and learning (experiential discovery) are the new fundamentals for a successful space. Embedded technology and lecture based teaching walls are out the window. While this is happening, the biggest transformation in education since the ...[more]

Not just a pretty face: LEED Gold for Johns Hopkins

Friday, 3 May 2013

John Hopkins University, Eisenhower Library ExtensionThe Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins University, which has been packed since its doors opened last August, has something big to celebrate this week: LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. It’s the first new construction on the school’s Homewood campus to earn this distinction.

The Learning Commons’ sustainable strategies include:

Managing solar gain: Heat gain and loss from the glass curtain wall system was combated by high-performance glass, automated interior shades, and perimeter (hydronic) heating and cooling.
Energy efficiency: While the under-floor air distribution system ...[more]