Flexibility, And Teamwork Guide Our Recent School Design

1430 Words Jul 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Flexibility, and teamwork guide our recent school design. Each newly constructed school building is expected to serve its purpose far into an unpredictable future; therefore, the key challenge for designers is to attain flexibility (Copa & Pease, 1992; Dudek, 2000; Jilk, 2005; Nair & Fielding, 2005). This demand for flexibility applies to many different features of a school building, such as spaces and environments for different group sizes and learning styles, dynamic boundaries and the ability to change facilities. Open spaces, movable boundaries, as well as shared spaces allowing for interactions in flexible groups seem to be replacing traditional classrooms that ran along confining corridors. The original school, founded in the 1890s, was a solid, linear brick structure housing numerous classrooms linked by a single corridor. The structure of the original school house could not accommodate teachers today who work in open classroom environments and collaborate often. Teaching practices are also characterized by more opportunities for students to choose between tasks and enjoy more variation regarding group division and workspace arrangements. The purpose of design for the future, however, is not only to be prepared for some of the changes that might take place, but also to attempt to influence school processes. (Sigurdardottir, 2011).
Prior to the turn of the century, considerable scholarship and writing was devoted to the need for standard school buildings, in a…
Open Document