High schools are not only institutions that provide a learning environment for students and staff but also function as a bridge to further studies or employment. Current education models are learner-centered and have an increased focus on the use of digital technologies. In this project, we have studied and researched the principles of contemporary learning environments with a focus on years 11-12 as a transition environment.
This prototypical design could be applied to any of the 6 new Victorian Government priority precincts and embrace the key principles: 1. centered on situated learning, 2. supported by science and technology, 3. vertical campuses, 4. sustainable development, allowing students to participate in a variety of learning activities and the freedom to choose from a variety of learning spaces to form different learning styles.
Arden, a recently designated urban renewal precinct in North Melbourne, Victoria was chosen as a location to implement our campus organisation principles. Our priorities were to establish a campus in a very sticky community, develop and design a new learning environment, and facilitate communication between the school and community institutions to achieve a process that naturally integrates the community and the campus.
It is hoped that our design will make the concept of a new learning environment more accessible to the broader community. In this space, students will be able to use the space in their own personal style and some spaces will change and evolve with it. This adventurous, fresh design of learning environment spaces can make students feel that learning is open, exciting, and full of possibilities.