At a moment when Europe is re-questioning its education system, once again, we architects can contribute to the debate on how we can create better educational environments that stimulate a lifelong desire for learning. We question, at once, the larger motives behind our education systems, the hierarchy, the classrooms, the big building types, and whether these are indeed outmoded structures, or do they still prove to be adequate? Already in the late 1960’s, Architect Cedric Price saw that technology would have a great influence on our modes of learning and invented ATOM, an education facility (a town brain) that would be a network of information for a whole village, for people of all ages. How much more important is that today where young people communicate so adeptly via digital means but still remain as stilted and unsure of themselves as we were at their age.

 

We especially direct our energies to the spaces between classrooms rather than the nest-like module and are especially sensitive to how issues of social interaction and communication are linked to spatial perception.