Head Of The Class: Architecture + Learning
Kindergarden in Velez Rubio
Education and success often go hand in hand, at least that’s what most of us have been taught in school. Unfortunately, job success is not often as closely tied to education as we would like to think. We are a generation plagued by troubles; the majority of recent college graduates are both over-educated and under-employed, the most popular jobs within the next ten years are not the focus of current studies, and rising student loans have the potential to cripple an entire age group. As education’s role continues to change, the architecture of learning must also evolve. Whether it be colorful primary schools with an emphasis on social interaction, studios that provide hands-on building experience, or technology that allows learning on-the-go, architects have proven themselves instrumental in shaping how we continue to learn.
As a part of the Architizer A+ Awards, The A+ “Learning” Award will honor the most innovative learning experiences (built or unbuilt) from the past three years. With 50 categories and a jury 200-members deep, the Architizer A+ Awards promises to be the biggest architecture awards program ever!
Swanston Academic Building at RMIT
Designed by Lyons
The 11-story building, one of the largest learning centers in all of Australia, offers a variety of classrooms, lecture halls, and community spaces to encourage social interaction between students. Plus, the three-dimensional, saw-toothed façade is sure fun to look at! Read more about this project on Architizer.
Binh Duong School
Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Situated in a tropical climate, the design of the Binh Duong School dissolves the borders between the school activity and surrounding nature, while also ensuring not to destroy the current abundant forest as much as possible. Read more about the project in the Architizer database here.