Every day I come across a new learning space here at UBC – this one was in the Forestry Faculty – students looked comfortable and were engaged in solitary study, others in collaborative dialogue and a few relaxing and reading as if in their lounge room! All are necessary as if we are to be truly respectful of learning styles we need to make provision for diverse ways and diverse places for students to study. This space on the day I was there was quiet. People intent on their own work and doing so in their own way! The weather has forced people in doors this week with snow outside….I look forward to seeing students use the outside learning spaces….and there has been thought put into the design of this campus….many wonderful spaces …but I have also seen large buildings with very ineffective use of spaces…some are rather bland and lack any form of intimacy! Most of the cafes are a wasted resource with little thought given to design, comfort and effective use of the space. Many tables are occupied by one student with one computer……a wasted opportunity for dialogue and a wasted opportunity to have increased numbers use the space. I think with very little intervention there are many areas of UBC which could be designed to better utilise the area with significant increases in both function and capacity!