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Mae Sot

8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like

08:00 - 10 April, 2017

If we think about how the educational system worked in the past, we can quickly see that both the teaching style in schools as well as the school’s infrastructure were very different from the current system. The educational model of the twentieth century could be defined as being similar to the "spatial model of prisons, with no interest in stimulating a comprehensive, flexible and versatile education."

However, we are now at a time when social, economic and technological developments have created a more global society and where information and learning are becoming more affordable. This radical change has transformed the societies in which we live, leaving the current educational model based on a rigid and unidirectional teaching obsolete. 

As such, there are schools that have not only broken the mold of traditional teaching but have formed new educational standards, exploring new paradigms and opening up new possibilities within the design of educational spaces. Since architecture and educational models often reflect the ideology of a society, how is the school of 21st century defined? 

Vittra Telefonplan / Rosan Bosch. Image Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop. Image Cortesía de Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Kwel Ka Baung School / A.gor.a Architect. Image Cortesía de Agora Architects Farming Kindergarten / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki + 31

Kwel Ka Baung School / a.gor.a Architects

01:00 - 21 October, 2014
Kwel Ka Baung School / a.gor.a Architects, Courtesy of Agora Architects
Courtesy of Agora Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Mae Sot, Mae Sot District, Tak 63110, Thailand
  • Project Year

    2014

Moving Schools / Building Trust + Ironwood

01:00 - 2 October, 2013
Courtesy of Building Trust International
Courtesy of Building Trust International
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mae Sot, Tak 63110, Thailand
  • Architect in Charge

    School 4 Burma competition winners Amadeo Bennetta & Dan LaRossa and Building Trust international Design Team
  • Project Year

    2012

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Medical Training Center of Mae Tao Clinic / a.gor.a Architects

18:00 - 4 October, 2012
© Franc Pallarés López
© Franc Pallarés López

Architects: a.gor.a Architects Location: Mae Sot, Thailand Architect In Charge: Albert Company Olmo, Line Ramstad, Jan Glasmeier Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Franc Pallarés López

© Franc Pallarés López © Franc Pallarés López © Franc Pallarés López © Franc Pallarés López + 19

Temporary Dormitories / Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad

00:00 - 27 June, 2012
Temporary Dormitories / Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad

Temporary Dormitories / Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad Temporary Dormitories / Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad Temporary Dormitories / Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad Temporary Dormitories / Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mae Sot, Provincia de Tak, Tailandia
  • Project team Students

    Marta de las Heras Martínez, Luis Rodríguez Carnero, Alejandro Buzo, Maria Nuñez and Eduardo Novo
  • Construction

    Ga Yaw Ga Yaw
  • Area

    72.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012

School 4 Burma Design Winning Proposal / Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa

23:00 - 13 December, 2011
Courtesy of Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa
Courtesy of Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa

Building Trust International recently announced that designers Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa, of Berkeley, California have won the School 4 Burma Design Competition. The winning design, for a modular school for migrant and refugee children in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot, beat entries from all over the world as the competition generated progressive, contemporary design solutions. Over 800 designers and academic institutions expressed interest. More images and description on the winning proposal after the break.