Geyer and Suters Architects are working with The University of Sydney on the Learning Network Project. The redevelopment of the Fisher Library and student learning hubs created in the Carslaw Building, PNR Building and other facilities will establish the beginning of a series of interlinked 'Third Space" hubs across the campus, improving the quality of facilities and integration of new technology, whilst maximising communication and collaboration across the University.
The Carslaw Learning Hub incorporates individual and interactive study, technology rich research and collaborative areas to enhance the student experience and support emerging pedagogical strategies for learning. Collaborative areas include technology pods integrating LCD screens, with a touchscreen overlay, for interactive peer to peer engagement; flexible creative lounge environments for adhoc student use, and reflective areas for individual study. Whilst the Carslaw Student Hub is positioned as an open and free accessed facility, it is supported by the University ITC group who are stationed on site to provide a Help Desk facility.
The iconic sixties campus building was architecturally modified to engage with the external student traffic flow created by adjacent Lecture Theatres and to engage with the surrounding parklands.
The Carslaw and PNR student hubs are the first of their kind to be completed on campus and spearhead the ongoing programme of University of Sydney to upgrade existing buildings to align with new learning paradigms.