How the spaces for learning are conceptualised requires some thinking about the possibilities in schools for learning in the 21st Century. So often those involved in the design process look at other schools which, more often than not, are bounded by existing concepts of school and schooling.
What if …
- Our concept of school was bounded by a view of the school as a studio rather than the factory?
- Those involved in the design process visited other sites of learning, such as museums, art galleries, workshops, studios and kept away from schools?
- Students were actively engaged in the design process and conceptualising what spaces designed for learning might look like?
- Our school sites were conceptualised as villages of learning?
- Students worked with designers in exploring the challenges of designing spaces, developing concepts and engaging in following-up on the development of the learning spaces?
Some interesting work has been occurring in England by the Sorrell Foundation through a project called joinedupdesignforschools.
These following links from TeacherTV are worth checking out.
This series features six schools which have successfully participated in the Joinedupdesignforschools project. Pupils have the major say in how an aspect of their school's environment is improved.
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Architect Phin Manasseh works with pupils at Mounts Bay School in Cornwall to create an inspirational space with a social purpose but where learning takes place too.
Involving pupils in this way is a key part of the Joinedupdesignforschools project.
The brainchild of The Sorrell Foundation, the project gives pupils a major say in how an aspect of their school's environment is improved. The pupils are the clients, briefing designers who produce designs for their approval.
Phin Manasseh spoke of the success of the project. He said: "If all clients were like this, we?d have very different results."
The Joinedupdesignforschools project follows a four stage pattern:
- The challenge
- The brief
- The conversation
- The concept
A follow-up then looks at the school's success in finding the money to turn the creative designs into reality.
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