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Schools of the Future: How Furniture Influences Learning

It is a student's right to be educated in a safe, healthy, and even aesthetically appealing environment, especially young students for whom these factors are even more important. For example, it has been shown that when the ergonomics of chairs are inadequate, they can greatly affect levels of concentration and the development of skills such as calligraphy. At the same time, the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods is increasingly being questioned and the quality of alternative methodologies increasingly being considered. In other articles, we discussed in more detail the design of Montessori schools and the atmosphere of Waldorf interiors.

Today, we will cover the importance of choosing furniture and address some aspects to consider when organizing them in classroom design for the schools of the future.

Itoi Elementary School / Atelier BNK. Image © Koji Sakai Nursery School in Berriozar / Javier Larraz + Iñigo Beguiristain + Iñaki Bergera. Image © Iñaki Bergera Ledeer Daycare Center / Credohus. Image © Hong Li MRN Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio BAUHAUS + 17

How to Design Schools and Interiors Based on Waldorf Pedagogy

Introduced by Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf pedagogy draws on the principles of anthroposophical philosophy. One of the theory's foundational characteristics is its holistic approach to the human being: feelings, imagination, spirit, and intellect are considered unique to every individual, and thoughts, feelings, and actions are understood to always be linked.

Thus, the focus of the philosophy is to cultivate individuals who are capable of relating both to themselves and to society (inter and intrapersonal intelligence) - fundamental skills for overcoming the challenges of the 21st century. This kind of learning takes place in schools that follow Steiner's method, introducing families to the school environment and bringing them into the community. Below, we review the operations and implications of this pedagogy. 

Yellow Train School / Biome Environmental Solutions. Image © Vivek Muthuramalingam After-School Care Centre Waldorf School / MONO Architekten. Image © Gregor Schmidt Marecollege / 24H Architecture. Image Cortesia de Boris Zeisser Escola El Til·ler / Eduard Balcells + Tigges Architekt + Ignasi Rius Architecture. Image © Adrià Goula + 19

Redbridge School / ARX Portugal Arquitetos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 66

Lisboa, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX Portugal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4564
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

No.1 Middle School of Xi'an Space City / XAUAT

Bird view. Image © Xiaoming Zhang Play field. Image © Xiaoming Zhang Architecture detail. Image © Xiaoming Zhang Atrium. Image © Xiaoming Zhang + 27

Xian, China
  • Architects: XAUAT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  76000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Secondary School Romanshorn / Bak Gordon Arquitectos + Architekturbüro Bernhard Maurer GmbH

© Rasmus Norlander
© Rasmus Norlander

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander + 26

HeFei Fei River Central Smart Garden Library / GEEDESIGN

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su + 25

Hefei, China
  • Architects: GEEDESIGN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1760
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Barclay & Crousse's University of Piura Edificio E in Peru wins the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

Barclay & Crousse Architecture’s Edificio E, University of Piura in Peru has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), recognizing the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents.

The project was selected from a shortlist of six finalists, joining SANAA’s Grace Farms, Alvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road as winners of the highly-regarded prize which was established in 2003.

© Cristobal Palma | Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma | Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma | Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma | Estudio Palma + 12

Between Square and Circle: Xinnan Kindergarten / Jin Niu

Quite and peaceful courtyard . Image © Chao Zhang Light coming from the wall. Image © Chao Zhang Integration between space and children. Image © Chao Zhang Small circular courtyard . Image © Chao Zhang + 26

Xiamen, China
  • Architects: Jin Niu
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3900
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Sandy Hook School Architect Testifies in Front of Congress About School Safety

Following up on the AIA's recent update of guidelines regarding school safety, architect Jay Brotman, designer of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, testified in front of the US Department of Education this week to urge the government to adopt safer standards for design. While not unheard of, it is not typical for architects to stand in front of Congress.

Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia

Slated to open in 2020, Benoy has released their design for a central academic building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will house the Global Business School, an educational hub that will attract Saudi and international business students through executive education programs in collaboration with Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School of Harvard University (USA), SC Johnson College of Business of Cornell University (USA), and Imperial College Business School (UK).

University of Arkansas to Construct America’s First Large-Scale, Mass Timber Higher Ed Residence Hall and Living Learning Project

University of Arkansas students are abuzz about the latest addition their university: Stadium Drive Residence Halls. Currently, under construction, the new 202,027 square foot residence halls are the nation’s first large-scale, mass timber higher ed residence hall project and living learning setting. The design collaborative behind the project is led by Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis, and Philadelphia landscape and urban design firm, OLIN.

Courtesy of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio, Mackey Mitchell Architects Courtesy of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio, Mackey Mitchell Architects Courtesy of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio, Mackey Mitchell Architects Courtesy of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio, Mackey Mitchell Architects + 9

C.F. Møller Wins Competition for Active-Learning School in Copenhagen

In May 2017, C.F. Møller and Tredje Natur’s interactive education design won the New Islands Brygge School competition. The new education facility sets up innovative, sustainable and active spaces for sixth to ninth grade students to participate in experience-based learning.

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