This proposed campus, located in Parkville (an inner-city suburb of Melbourne), is strongly integrated into the community by providing infrastructure that will be shared with the residents and local organisations. The project focuses on year 11 and 12 students with an objective to design learning spaces that support the development of a diversity of skills that will transfer into further study and employment.
Through a series of experiments with ‘learning street’ prototypes, we came up with a strategy that links innovative pedagogies to physical space using design to promote new teaching practices and foster more effective learning. We established 4 campus and learning environment principles that can be adapted to all campuses. These are placemaking, well-being & sustainability, innovative pedagogies, and indoor & outdoor integration.
We have been informed by aspects of Assemblage Theory including self-organisation and self-regulation resulting in a shared learning environment that is flexible and adaptable. The design pays close attention to the social aspects of education and privileges highlighting a transformational flow within the space that highlights emergent potentials.
Located in the Victorian Government’s priority precinct Parkville offers a unique opportunity to engage with the nearby biological and biomedical institutions. The campus is an important conduit to participate in and engage with the precinct and provide a new relationship between the school, students, and the community.