Space Strategy Talk and Workshop – 29th November

On Tuesday the 29th November, John Worthington and Professor David Gosling will be coming to Plymouth to talk about their work and research into the history of education buildings, the history and future of university education and potential futurues for university educational spaces.

After these presentations we will engage in a short workshop to explore these themes and how they relate to our own experiences.

The event will run from 5pm-7pm in the Roland Levinsky Building of Plymouth Univerisity, in Room 209. Attendance at the event is free but space is limited and is based on a first-come basis. Please register your interest by sending an email to


Mapping Journeys

Last Saturday (1st October), some students from the Master of Architecture course took part in a workshop to consider and reflect upon mapping strategies both in terms of content and graphical communication. A retrospective look at past ways of mapping and emerging techniques was presented by a selection of visiting specialists including students from previous years. Small groups were then formed to explore, test and refine these strategies in the context of a live project.

Image by Plymouth University Master of Architecture Students

The University Space Strategy was used as the basis for the project, to explore external and internal spatial use and the student experience. This was titled ‘The mapping of journeys’ and each group began to map very specific subjects that were important to their own student experience and understanding of the campus. Some theoretical background was put to the group upon setting the task which begin to interrogate and challenge traditional methods of mapping and some of this is outlined below.

Traditional representational techniques presume stable objects and fixed subjects. But the contemporary city is not reducible to an artifact. The city today is a place where visible and invisible streams of information, capital and subjects interact in complex formations…In order to describe or to intervene in this new field architects need representational techniques that engage time and change, shifting scales, mobile points of view, and multiple programs.’ Allen, S., 2000. Practice – Architecture, Technique and Representation. Amsterdam: G & B Arts International.

We need to construct multi-dimensional analyses which, rather than imposing monological coherence and closure, allow parallel and conflicting representations to coexist in analysis.’  Shields, R., 1996. ’A Guide to Urban Representation and What to Do About It.’, in A. King (ed) Re-Presenting the City – Ethnicity, Capital and Culture in the 21st Century Metropolis. New York: New York University Press, pp. 227 – 252.

The mapping process…[is]…a fertile and powerful epistomology in knowing and representing the world. The map is at once empirically rooted and imaginatively liberated and liberating…The map has a powerful recursive quality; it acts as a memory device that is also the basis for projective action.’Cosgrove, D., 2003. ‘Conclusion – Historical Perspectives on Representing and Transferring Spatial Knowledge, in M. Silver and D. Balmori, eds., Mapping in the Age of Digital Media. Chichester: Wiley-Academy, pp. 128 – 137.


For the University Space Strategy Consultation Process, this workshop proved to be a fruitful and insightful view into a selection of post-graduate students and the way that they interpret the space that they work in. It also began to reveal some new techniques for graphically communicating this experience and their personal learning journeys.

Some interesting topics and pedagogical relationships began to emerge, such as the informal residual space around a design studio and the importance of non-allocated space in the formation of a creative working environment. Other subjects investigated the ideology behind the development of the campus throughout the course of history and the personal/institutional value of the campus buildings.

Image by Plymouth University Master of Architecture Students

As student experiences and personal journeys, all of these views are key to the consultation process and will contribute to inform both the understanding of space on the campus and new ways that we can present this information graphically. I would like to thank the students from this workshop for their investigation into the space strategy and for mapping their own learning journeys.

Survey now online

Our surveys are up and running on the website now. If you can’t make any of the roadshows or workshops, it would be great if you could give us your view of how spaces on the campus work for you. They shouldn’t take too long to complete (between 5 and 10 minutes) and it’ll be a great way for us to get your views.

Go to the ‘Have your say’ page for more information and to take part in the survey.

Hello all

Welcome to the Plymouth University Space Strategy Consultation website. Current news and upcoming events will be posted here along with regular updates on how the Consultation is progressing throughout the year.

This website is also intended to be part of the Consultation Process, with access to on-line forms to have your say and as a place to leave your anecdotes with regard to your perceptions of the relationship between teaching pedagogy and the use of space.