Educational Spaces Event
There is no doubt that education has an unfortunate legacy as far as built spaces for learning are concerned. For most of history, school buildings were designed to effect discipline and control rather than encourage adventure and discovery. The Co-design of Educational Spaces event held last week in Edmiston Jones GBB's Wollongong studio was an opportunity to share experiences from recent projects we have designed for teaching, exploring, learning and well-being. [caption id="attachment_3254" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Adam Selinger and Ian Brown spoke enthusiastically about Early Start[/caption] Presenters at the event were Ian Brown, Head of the School of Education at UTS; Adam Selinger from the Children’s Discovery Museum; Anthony Body and Anna Lay from the Department of Premier & Cabinet and David Fuller, CEO of WEA Illawarra, part of the community college network. The projects presented were:
- Early Start at the University of Wollongong, a revolutionary initiative that uniquely combines research, teaching and community engagement in the earliest years of life,
- a well-being hub at East Nowra Public School to improve attendance and bring community services into the school grounds, and
- the conversion of an industrial building to a learning space for Alesco at WEA Illawarra, an alternative education option for secondary students that don't fit easily into the high school system.