Repurposing refers to the fact that spaces must be available for many different sorts of use. Lecture theatres are an excellent example of spaces that are difficult to repurpose.
The La Trobe learning room has been designed to maximise repurposing – using flexible furniture, adjustable lighting, and a mix of high and low tech affordances.
The North West Building at Harvard was designed to maximise flexibility in learning spaces. Listen to Katie Vale talk about the design of the basement of the North West Building and the overall design of the building.
Wallenberg Hall, Stanford, was designed to accomodate the inevitable changes in technology. Listen to Robert Smith talk about the principles behind the design of Wallenberg Hall, Stanford.
Stanford purchased flexible furniture in order to facilitate learning spaces being used for multiple purposes. Listen to Robert Smith talk about comfortable and flexible furniture at Stanford.