The NBBJ-designed Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University heralds a new era for medical education. The center, hailed at its dedication as a portal to a world of multidisciplinary thinking, was designed to be flexible. It provides intense engagement, interaction and hands-on learning with some of the most sophisticated training tools in the world while also allowing future caregivers to actually care for themselves.
Metropolis magazine’s issue on data-driven design includes the Center as an example of how the relationship between technology and design is continually evolving. “New ways of working appear virtually every day. The truth is, we’re still in the midst of a digital revolution that started about 15 years ago with a burst of formal expression that announced, rather self-consciously, ‘I am a product of digital software!’ What is changing now is our relationship to technology. We’re out of the playing-with-new-toys phase; instead, we’re engaging with our tools in increasingly sophisticated ways. This realization — that technology is an enabling tool rather than an engine for form — is the underlining theme for this issue.”