Changing the face of learning
I think I’ve mentioned Studio H in the past, it is a not for profit design studio which is run my Emily Pilloton in Bertie County. A new initiative which I’ve just stumbled across from Project H is the Learning Landscape Network, this site is dedicated to an educational landscape design created by Project H to make classes for dynamic. From my time in uni I have been interested in the design and layout of schools, it began as a suggested idea for my honours project and the more I learnt about school design and the lack of response from the students the more I was sure that things needed to change. This company is my hero, bringing design into schools as a way to empower and make social change at the same time. It goes to show the power that a creative thinker can have in the worlds. Learning landscapes is not the easy or fast way to teach, it involves getting a class organised, taking them outside, setting up the game, “playing” as the children learn – it’s slower than sitting them in rows and rote-teaching, but what a benefit! What an amazing way to get children engaged in their learning, being active participants instead of passive sponges.
Ten points to Studio H and I hope you all take this on as an idea that just cause things are done one way, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
Enjoy and go slowly