A collaborative effort

Sian
26 Feb 2010

A symbol of the future and a celebration of cultural heritage

Both primary and secondary schools would be developed using the same base building module, allowing for ease of transition between the school types as the demand for education shifts based on demographics. A primary design driver was maximisation of efficiency and space so that every area within the building supports teaching and learning.

The architects believe there are two essential skills in the 21st century; creativity and collaboration. Without these elements, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving cannot occur. Education across the globe is transforming from a pedagogy that trains children to be information receptors to a pedagogy that trains future generations to be knowledge seekers. An environment that supports Howard Gardner’s 'multiple intelligences' theory is imperative; it must provide a diversity of teaching and learning spaces to support a wide range of learners. Flow and agility will be intrinsic in these spaces so that the knowledge sharing and relationship between teacher and learner is constantly enhanced.

Smart and sustainable cities are supported by a diversity of interconnected systems and infrastructure that enhance the human condition. These include entertainment, green spaces, housing, education, transportation, public safety, health, energy and technology. A city grows like an organism and as it increases in size it increases in efficiency. Furthermore, a city is a natural innovation hub that has the innate ability to self-organise and design creative, sustainable solutions that enhance human life. The Dharavi district redevelopment represents a core belief in sustainable city design, anchored by a new education model—sustainable foremost in its ability to educate future citizens of the world.

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