Educational Spaces 21. Open up!
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Module 2. Introduction

In this module, we will look at the physical and architectural dimensions of education

You can expect both theory and practical implementations of particular schools that had to deal with problems similar to yours.

We are convinced that the case studies introduced in this section will inspire you to introduce changes of your own.


The space in which learning takes place has an impact on its quality. But even the most modern, elegant building is not sufficient to ensure best quality, innovative education. Similarly to a school equipped with new technology, an architecturally modern school can use outdated teaching methods.


The main challenge is therefore to organise the physical space of the school building in a way that makes full use of the potential its students, teachers and parents have.

Educators should be the decision makers here, and architects, artists and designers working on the school architecture should base their work on educators’ opinions. We should also be willing to change what has already been designed.

Students have to be included in such projects. They are the principal hosts of the school spaces.