Hard working environments for future education

McCrindle Research, a leading Sydney-based social researcher, organise an annual Education Future Forum. At this year’s Forum James Ward and Andrew Duffin of NBRS+PARTNERS presented a study into Future Place Learning Environments.

FutureForum-FuturePlacesEver-developing technology and new insights into how we learn are part of the fast changing world and have increased the demand for responsive educational spaces. With concerns for the environment at the forefront, sustainably designed facilities are also under growing demand.

Many assume that a sustainable building comes at a benefit to the environment but  a loss to the budget. Whole of life costing (sustaining facilities through 40 years) shows, however, that 20% represents capital and 80% represents operational experience. The statistics point to maximising efficiency and the effectiveness of education investment.

Learning spaces need to work harder to achieve the flexibility of environments that are responsive to changing needs.

The four responsive components can be summarised in FAPV:

Flexible:  hardware supporting systematic change

Adaptable:  software real time response

Portable:  mobile resources

Virtual:  online interactivity

Andrew & James also ran a ‘Buzz Group’ where the attendees had the opportunity to design their own school, based on their choice of 4 campus concepts. All were very excited by the prospect. The exercise, although seemingly simple at surface level, highlighted the difficulties of how spaces within a school environment relate to each other and the outside world. Those taking part were challenged to consider the complexity of layering & prioritising spaces and the need for learning environments to respond to more open access for out of hours use.

Read more about the McCrindle Education Future Forum 2013


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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