What does the Classroom of the Future Look Like?


Project: Bamboowood School
Design Team: Petr Kostner, Martina Sobotková and Soňa Huberová, Czech Republic
Partner/ Location: Antarastriya Yuba Barsa Lower Secondary School, Lakhanpur - Teksing, Kavre, Nepa

What does the classroom of the future look like? Architecture for Humanity wanted to find out, and held an open competition that attracted entries from everyone from school children in the Ukraine to Pritzker Prize winning architects, trying to answer the question: how can we create innovative, sustainable yet affordable and adaptable learning environments?

Project: Teton Valley Community School
Design team: Section Eight Design, Idaho, United States
Partner/ Location: Teton Valley Community School, Victor, Idaho, United States

Cameron Sinclair of AFH skyped us this morning to tell us "I'm so so so impressed with the contextual sustainability of many of the entries....from the $4K earthen structures in the desert to the sips modular for wisconsin!"


Project: House In The Wood
Design team: Built Form, LLC / Northwestern University Settlement House, Chicago, IL, United States
Partner/Location: House In The Wood and Rowe Elementary School, Delavan, Wisconsin, United States

Cameron writes in the Huffington Post:

Today, eight teams were honored as finalists of the international design competition 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom. More than 1,000 design teams from 65 countries registered for the competition. Over a four-month submission period hundreds of ideas were generated around the world. Finalists submitted designs ranging from an outdoor classroom for children in inner-city Chicago, learning spaces for the children of salt pan workers in India, safe spaces for youth in Bogota, Colombia and a bamboo classroom in the Himalayan mountains.


Project: Classroom for the saltpan community, Cohesion Foundation
Design Team: Rajesh Kapoor, Prashant Solanky, Bharat Karamchandani and Kiran Vaghela, Gujarat, India
Partner/Location: Cohesion Foundation, Kutch, Gujarat, India

Each submission was rated on feasibility, sustainability, innovation in learning and overall design quality by a team of 50 interdisciplinary online jurors. After four rounds of judging culled the designs a shortlist of 52 teams were judged at the Aspen Ideas Festival.


Project: Justified Architecture in a Landscape of Transformation
Design Team: Arquitectura Justa - Wolfgang Timmer, Fabiola Uribe, T. Luke Young, Bogota, Colombia
Partner/ Location: Corporación Educativa y Social Waldorf, Ciudad Bolívar, Bogota, Colombia

Out of this eight finalists were selected and represented teams and schools from Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Nepal, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States. Next month one of these teams will be announced as the overall winner and awarded $50,000 toward the improvement of their school. The design team will also be awarded $5,000.


Project: Blurred Classroom
Design team: Gensler, New York, United States
Partner/ Location: Future Leaders' Institute, New York, NY, United States

It is amazing how out of nowhere, Architecture for Humanity has become such a force. That they can attract a thousand registrations, fifty jurors, the money to build these things, and the quality and originality that comes out of all those volunteer designers. What a model for the profession and inspiration for the architectural community everywhere.


Project: Adaptable Hillside Classrooms
Design Team: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios & Architecture for Humanity UK
Engineering Team: Buro Happold
Partner/ Location: Bunyonyi Community School, Kabale, Uganda

And to top it all off, it is all open source.

Serving as a catalyst to build safe, sustainable and smart educational facilities around the world, the competition has ending up creating an online portfolio of design solutions, all licensed under Creative Commons and viewable at the Open Architecture Network. School districts, independent schools and social entrepreneurs from around the world (and especially the United States) can now download, adapt and replicate these ideas in their current and future learning environments.

Read more in the Huffington Post

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