Knowledge/Idea Sharing (01-26-22)

Soares and colleagues researched which sorts of places people felt they were most likely to have shared knowledge/ideas in.  The team learned via data collected at two sorts of Dutch university campuses (inner city ones and “science parks”) that “locations of built environment features influenced creativity between people. . . .  ‘creativity’ or ‘creative encounters’ were represented by the act of sharing knowledge and the exchange of ideas with others. . . . At inner-city campuses, creativity was localized in one or two spots, and somewhat dependent on university buildings. This was different for SPs as there was a greater variety of creative encounters throughout the campuses, proving that creativity did not necessarily depend on buildings. . . . The presence of ‘third places’, such as cafés, restaurants, and canteens, have the power of facilitating a sense of community-gathering on campus and consequently communication between people from multiple backgrounds. . . . even though . . . natural features could be significant for creativity, in the cases of Dutch inner-city campuses and science parks, their presence did not necessarily play a role in the number of creative encounters.”

Isabelle Soares, Viktor Venhorst, Gerd Weitkamo, and Claudia Yamu.  2022.  “The Impact of the Built Environment on Creativity in Public Spaces of Dutch University Campuses and Science Parks.”  Journal of Urban Design, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 91-109, https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2021.1945433