Type: New Educational Model
The Environmental + Digital Playscape: Transforming School Design through AR, Gaming and Sustainability
A key research project for our studio is exploring the future of learning environments and how this may look with an integrated approach between design, technology and pedagogical developments.
Architecture is a facilitator for education and has historically been an allegorical codex of how knowledge is transferred in each society. It is therefore the responsibility of architecture to accommodate for todays changes and also instigate a way for new knowledge of education to be manifested in a physical form.
Primarily we see the physical concept of a school as having a civic responsibility to both fulfil our human needs and create a leading example for it’s community both physically and mentally. At the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy is physiological needs of which, without fulfilling this primary need, we cannot survive. We see schools of the future as environmentally sustainable hubs where children can experience, learn and develop innovative ideas about what truly sustains them. Every school will be linked regionally, nationally and globally and their Environmental ranking can lead them to winning the annual Environmental Olympics, which would be the most coveted prize for Schools.
Another important element for our proposed model for a future learning environment is to counteract sedentary lifestyles, anti-social behavior and short attention spans through making the learning environment more interactive and more physical. We imagine educational playscapes, created with physical, mixed reality + virtual reality (for less mobile students). Aristotle stated “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all,”
Future proofing the design through lessons learnt from designing contemporary art galleries and installation is paramount to keeping up with this unprecedented rate of change.
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