CLEVELAND DESIGN COMPETITION 2011

A NEW School Vision. A space that generates attraction, that evolves around a new, urban public-private space, which will generate student interaction with the urban reality and vice-versa. A new learning environment that encourages self-interest dynamics, initiative and self reliance. “A new system of education that reflects and reinforces the values, priorities, and requirements of the creative age. Education reform must, at its core, make schools into places where human creativity is cultivated.”The Creative Compact. An economic and social agenda for the Creative age. Richard Florida. The Campus-School vs. School In the realm of the creative age, our concept advocates education that embraces the idea of the CAMPUS-school where disciplines and interests converge in ‘vertical’ education. Here, the pupil may effortlessly sway into investigation interests and prepare in a very natural form for university life. The school is not separated into classrooms, but into investigation units, that interact with the other unit-faculties. Children are taught not just to think, but to do. The traditional school would typically be conceived as a hierarchical structure with the younger pupils housed on the bottom, and older pupils on upper levels: a hierarchy within the very premise of the building structure. In the new campus-school, pupils of different ages may come together in specific projects, and investigation groups can generate their specific spatial needs, which can be easily changed in a short period of time. Studies in the traditional school are normally self-contained in a specific educational structure. The new university campus pursues a broader view with an interdisciplinary approach enriching technological studies with dance or corporal specialists, or mathematical projects with artistic pupils. Educational SCHOOL_CAMPUS_ The Proto-building. The public bicycle track, that can be open or closed and that connects from Payne Avenue, evolves around the schools open core-playground-wood-square, and takes you into the different areas encouraging this mode of transport for the campus and city center, with a possible bike-stack-park close to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center. A strong image that will generate an understanding of how special the premises can become. A ‘filter’ that glows in the night. An attractive building that will be looked upon with pride by students, teachers, staff and the Cleveland citizens alike. What we care for, we support. The ‘searched-for’ school experience, where the students learn from the city and the city learns from the students and school-campus.