EAAE/ARCC 2024 Architecture into the Unknown

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Description

Future School Architecture - from ideas of The Future School to the space lived in school.
The research sheds a critical light on the making of Danish school architecture 2015-2020. It points to barriers in architects' practices and a discrepancy between the ideas of future schools and the conditions of real life in schools. The use of Henri Lefebvre's theory facilitates insights to overcome this gap through an investigation of how school space is socially produced (Lefebvre, 2016/1974). His theoretical concepts and anthropological approach provide a framework to analyse how ideas of ‘The future school’ emerge and materialise into school architecture, and how teaching practices and lived school life reflect and express these ideas. The analysis examines the political and societal drivers as well as the cultural terms and bodily perceptions of architecture from the research question: How does future school architecture emerge from ideas of the future school to the space lived in school? The documentation used to answer this question includes pedagogical and architectural briefs, architects' designs for schools, teachers' didactic practices in schools, and pupils' lives with the lessons in the built schools. The methods used are document analysis, field observation, interviews, ethnographic narratives, and a qualitative survey. The research shows that an ideology of ‘The future school’ suppresses the voice of teachers. It shows that teachers aren't allowed to communicate with architects in an architectural school competition at the most critical part of the design process. Findings from post-occupancy studies in three built schools briefed 2015-2020 show massive challenges for teachers and pupils. Pupils who were already challenged are challenged even more, which is in sharp contrast to the visions of the educational and architectural briefs. A further discussion is suggested on how to enhance new social practices in the making of the future welfare architecture that will foster social sustainability and promote care, community and belonging.
Period24 May 2024
Held atAarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Social Sustainability
  • Henri Lefebvre
  • Architecture