New school of thought: Education design takes a leaf from the workplace
The Educational Committee of the British Chamber of Guangzhou invited M Moser Director Dr Christine Bruckner, FAIA, to share her insights on the latest trends in Education Design.
Entitled ‘Optimal Learning Environments’, her presentation demonstrated the blurring of lines between Education and Workplace facilities. Activity-based workplaces and concepts like ‘wellness’ can now be adapted to educational facilities, while library and classroom settings may find new workplace applications.
As illustrated by the M Moser projects highlighted in her presentation, the impact of these trends can be seen in design features such as library and cafeteria spaces doubling up as discussion and activity venues, or in corridors and staircases designed to encourage students to circulate, socialise and share knowledge.
‘Wellness’ is emerging as a priority in educational design, as we increasingly recognise the need for environments that minimise interior air and noise pollution, provide good ergonomics, ensure access to clean water and nutritious foods and promote a healthy body and mind with opportunities for exercise, movement, and natural light.
“Health and wellness have emerged as crucial drivers in educational success. Even existing schools can be ‘future-proofed’ by redesigning them to support an active, engaging learning experience,” said Bruckner.