By: Shruti Bansal
Here are some design changes that schools should embrace to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of children.
School design plays a critical role in the student’s learning outcome. The pandemic has made us rethink and reimagine schools. Flexible designs with a holistic, whole-life approach that accommodates the required safety protocols, have become the new normal. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it abundantly clear that students learn from their built environment rather than merely through blackboard lessons. We must remember that actual learning happens beyond classrooms-in the intermediary spaces and outdoor pockets created as buffers and interactive zones.
“A progressive school emphasises learning through hands-on projects and activities, expeditionary learning – and new-age school design schemes should borrow from the same,” said Rachna Agarwal, Founder and Design Ideator, Studio IAAD.
“Studies have proven how incorporating bright colours in the kids’ immediate learning environment and exposure to variations in patterns of light and shadows help stimulate their mental development,” said Aman Aggarwal, principal architect, Charged Voids.
As we all know, for better learning, a robust relationship between school classrooms and the outdoors is very important. So, to understand the importance of infrastructure, even the small details of it in a student’s life, India Today spoke to a handful of experts from diverse fields.
Here are some design changes that schools should embrace to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of children:
1. FLEXIBLE AND OPEN-PLAN LAYOUTS
Flexible spaces can be reconfigured easily to serve multiple purposes in schools. For example, one can replace traditionally enclosed classrooms with flexible and experiential learning spaces to push the envelope and explore the outdoors, kindling self-discovery. Open-plan layouts provide the flexibility to conduct educational activities in different groupings and thus make a space multi-functional.