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  6. “Nursery Fields Forever” Reconnects Early Childhood Education with Nature

“Nursery Fields Forever” Reconnects Early Childhood Education with Nature

  • 12:00 - 21 February, 2016
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“Nursery Fields Forever” Reconnects Early Childhood Education with Nature
“Nursery Fields Forever” Reconnects Early Childhood Education with Nature, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar

Winner of the AWR International Ideas Competition to design a new nursery school, “Nursery Fields Forever” reimagines what nursery schools could be like. Designed by a team from Italy, composed of Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, and Davide Troiani, the entry refutes the modern notion of shaping a child’s perception of the world based solely on urban environments, accepting children as being inherently curious naturalists. This trait is stimulated and guided to create a unique educational approach, holistically combining nature and food cultivation into its curriculum.

Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar
Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar

Game, nature and technique are combined with the nursery to create three approaches to learning: learning from nature, learning from technique and learning from practice. The development of children is encouraged through interaction with animals and plants, also encouraging their self-esteem and social interaction with the introduction of tangible goals in their education.

Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar
Interior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar

Traditional learning environments and more experimental spaces combining learning and farming are integrated, creating a rotating routine for groups of children to experience and learn about the cycles of nature. From teachers, children are taught how to respect and domesticate animals and plants, seeing the way those things affect their lives.

Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar
Diagrams. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar

Even passively, infants can benefit from the environment of Nursery Fields Forever. Contact with animals like donkeys promote relaxation and curiosity in babies, as well as developing their immune system against common allergens and bugs.

Axonometric and Section. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar
Axonometric and Section. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar

Nursery Fields Forever reclaims the nursery as a place for children to not only be raised, but “to raise and construct themselves.” 

  • Design Team

    Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, Davide Troiani
  • Project Year

    2015

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Cite: Eric Oh. "“Nursery Fields Forever” Reconnects Early Childhood Education with Nature" 21 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/781867/nursery-fields-forever-reconnects-early-childhood-education-with-nature/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Jonathan Lazar

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