(Pedagogy + Place) & (Rhetoric + Reality) in learning space design: A decade of dialogue

“How to bring our schools out of the 20th Century” was the title of an article in TIME in December 2006. It featured a more recent take on the Rip Van Winkle fairy tale. After 100 years of slumber, Rip wakes in the first decade of the 21st century. As he walks the streets, observing the citizens of the dayContinue reading “(Pedagogy + Place) & (Rhetoric + Reality) in learning space design: A decade of dialogue”

Why do we continue to use 20th Century spaces for 21st Century learning/working?

The classroom is a relic, left over from the Industrial Revolution, which required a large workforce with very basic skills. Classroom-based education lags far behind when measured against its ability to deliver the creative and agile workforce that the 21st century demands. This quote is from Prakash Nair in a commentary in Education Week*. InContinue reading “Why do we continue to use 20th Century spaces for 21st Century learning/working?”

scil on the road – the staircase

The staircase – move than just a way to get from A to B I’ve been struck by the use of the staircase as a focal point, a meeting place and performance and gathering space. On this trip the scil team have visited Absolonskolon and Orested Gymnasium in Copenhagen and DOK Library Concept Centre inContinue reading “scil on the road – the staircase”