Creating intelligent learning spaces
Team D’Studio listens. To the school management and teachers. We observe, the children at work and play. We research more about MI and even delve into child psychology, not forgetting parent-teacher needs and dynamics.
Let’s take a look, at this room with a view, for instance. A library.
Vibrant colours and casual seating establish that this is a 21st century learning space. The lighting is a case in point - designed by a specialist, all lights are embedded into the surfaces - walls, ceiling et al. Mobiles and artwork lovingly put together by the kids and Teachers come alive - just as the tree of knowledge stands tall. Here, multiple intelligences are at work and play.
The large window lets in natural light with a view of the Pallikaranai marshes and lake. Can there be a stimulus more conducive to learning or creativity? Please note the open step- racks at the right height, offering storage and comfortable seating space.
The curves and circles soothe. The niches and alcoves provide privacy even as the round table and smart low chairs invite interaction and communion. Technology vies for attention as plug and play devices are available for the tech savvy children of today. The good old book rack serves to store treasures and classics even as it acts as a partition to utility spaces that are out of sight.
When the creative brief goes beyond what just a typical set of school rooms would be, but transcends to include the needs of the child, the educators, caregivers and discerning parents, we know we are onto something that’s going to stretch our collective capabilities. The buzz was about ‘multiple intelligences’ - and how no child is alike and each has multiple strengths and intelligence that’s unique to them. What Howard Gardner called MI - the eight intelligence