Designing for future generations

Envisioning ‘Schools Without Classrooms’ for open competition Two talented members of the Leslie Jones team have submitted an entry for an open international ideas competition, which hopes to establish more suitable and effective learning spaces for future generations.

Two talented members of the Leslie Jones team have submitted an entry for an open international ideas competition, which hopes to establish more suitable and effective learning spaces for future generations.

The ‘Schools Without Classrooms’ competition, organised by Archasm, asked for revolutionary ideas for a 8,000m² school building for 5-12 year olds at the former site of Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport. The aim of the competition was to create a school that challenges traditional ideas of classrooms and school buildings to create an entirely new schooling system.

Chris Holmes and Miriam Fenner submitted their design which aims to encourage learning through ‘Creative Automation’, a self-learning concept which nurtures the energy, imagination and creativity of the students.

Chris and Miriam identified five key criteria for self-learning and development – empowerment, freedom, play, environment and technology – enabling them to develop a facility which would promote integration and shared knowledge in a creative learning environment.

Chris, an Architect at Leslie Jones said: “In most countries, schools have maintained a very general, centralised and theoretical system of education based around a rigid curriculum.  This traditional ‘top-down’ approach disempowers the child and teaches them that their questions do not matter, and what matters are the questions imposed by the curriculum.  Our facility aims to empower the child to pursue their own interests, and to develop the skills to answer their own questions through the power of creative play.”

Miriam, one of the firm’s Architectural Designers added:  “By breaking down the barriers of the centralised school idea, our entry would allow students to share knowledge, resources and facilities across Berlin and create a fun learning environment.”

Chris and Miriam are now waiting for the announcement of winners on the 24th July… fingers crossed!