Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom

During the next 6 years, 10 million new classrooms need to be built and 10-15 million more need to be upgraded just to provide basic access to education for children around the world. In response to the escalated need for learning spaces worldwide, 2009 brings the Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom - the world's first large-scale design initiative to improve the design of educational facilities around the world. It is a unique opportunity for faculty and students to partner with design professionals to create a safer, healthier and more sustainable learning environment and win funding to build or upgrade a classroom in their school.

The designers are invited to work with students and teachers to design the classroom of the future for a specific school. The design should address the unique challenges the school faces in trying to provide smart, safe and sustainable learning spaces. Interaction with students and teachers is encouraged and architects and designers are expected to work one-on-one with students to translate their needs into better classroom design.

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