Building Future Learning Spaces, Dubai, March 2015
Exploring the future of school architecture
Consilium Education CEO, Andy Homden chaired Informa’s Building Future Learning Spaces conference held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai from March 23rd – 25th. Prakash Nair president of architects Fielding Nair International set the tone for the conference with an exhilarating address in which he challenged delegates to rethink their approach to the design of learning spaces in school. His plea was for flexibility in the use of space, which needed to open a child’s horizons rather than limit them with the traditional “box and corridor” design.
On Day 2 of the conference,the OECD’s Alastair Blythe examined the global evidence for the effect of architectural innovation on learning, presenting a convincing case for the kind of innovative practice advocated by Nair.
Other speakers focused on environmental issues, with a passionate plea from Sarfraz Dairkee, secretary to the Emirates Green Building Council, for the adoption of passive climate control in the design of all future learning spaces in the GCC and MENA region. This approach makes sense not only from a “green” perspective, but also financially as running costs can be dramatically reduced.
Award winning teacher and leader, Dr. Farooq Wasil energetically examined the Evolution of Learning Spaces, which reflected his work in his Pedagogy: from Perception to Perspective, recently co-authored (2103) with Hemlata Thawani.