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Gen Z are demanding more from their university and college campuses

‘Lots of cultural changes have happened in the past decade. Students do their learning off-site and only come to campus for collaboration now,’ Tom Lloyd, co-founder of London-based design studio Pearson Lloyd, told LS:N Global. Together with Senator, the studio designed CoLab, a range of furniture that encourages collaboration and removes hierarchy from the classroom.

Outside of the lecture theatre, students expect campuses to uphold serious sustainability credentials. The Faroe Islands University’s new extension is due to be completed in 2026 and aims to cater for student wellbeing as well as the environment. Designed by Henning Larsen, the microclimate approach uses green façades to integrate nature and support vegetation. This innovative approach extends the outdoor season by 150 days per year, giving students ideal conditions in which to learn and socialise while respecting the surrounding environment.

Learn more on Gen Z’s new criteria in Redesigning Higher Education Spaces on LS:N Global.

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4 March 2024

Author: The Future Laboratory

Image: Dames, US


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#WeSawItComing : The Rise of Safety Fits

The Rise of Safety Fits

At New York Fashion Week, designer Peter Do presented his second collection for Helmut Lang and reflected on the protective nature of clothes and the tension between armour and adornment. The result is a strong visual lexicon that evokes strength and fragility; bubble wrap used as a fabric, plaid, balaclavas. ‘I feel like living in New York a lot can happen in a day. I want to provide a tool for you to be ready for whatever it takes,’ said Do after the show.

Back in March 2023, in our Safety Fits microtrend report, senior foresight analyst Marta Indeka highlighted how emerging designers such as Dames, Mother Goods and Italian start-up Cap_able were merging functional gear with activism to turn clothes into modern-day armour.

‘Power dressing is taking on a new literal meaning – empowering the wearer with added functionalities shielding them from external threats’
Marta Indeka, Senior Foresight Analyst
New York Botanical Garden. Identity by Wolff Olins, US

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