Architecture of Learning

Magazine / Jan - Feb 2017

Architecture of Learning

Form-making is not much discussed in the world of Green design. But it should. The deft handling of surfaces and volumes, the thoughtful arrangement of programme and functionality, can lead to several outcomes that are valued by the punditry.

Then, there is the question of cognition, the building as a facilitator of learning. Buildings engage or mimic the natural world. And if these were made visible, the building becomes a way to illustrate and interact, a cognitive tool for learning.

Lastly, space outside the classroom is a building block of community. And schools are in part about induction, students interacting with and learning from their peers. Planned inefficiency is not an oxymoron; it is seeing the value of spontaneous encounters between students and teachers, in having lines-of-sight that let everyone feel part of a community.

The architects Morphogenesis explained the Institute for Integrated Learning in Management Campus in India as a sort of deconstructed Rubik’s Cube. Form-making is the simultaneous engineering of social space and climatic response. In parallel, there is a resolution of the needs of a modern school with the typology of a traditional chawl, the social template of choice.

The building of Hoang Thuc Hao’s Sentia School in Vietnam snakes around itself, creating two courtyards that will be its social heart. The International School in Kuala Lumpur is a spine-and-ribs configuration with a series of courts between teaching blocks. Both projects empower the roof as a space for greenery and social activity.

The Net-Zero Energy Building at the School of Design and Environment in Singapore encapsulates the power of form as an arbitrator between climate and energy, social space and pedagogy. Contrary to what we have been led to believe by critics and cynics, Green is not a choice of performance over quality. It can be both.

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Table of Contents
MAIN FEATURE
Aspirations Versus Realities of Utopia in India

SHOWCASE
Charles Correa Now

YEAR-END FOCUS: CARBON
A Case Study from China
Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong
A Singapore Perspective

HAPPENINGS
Special Focus: Reimagining the Future at IBEW 2021
Indonesia’s Progress Towards Carbon Goals
FuturArc Readership Survey 2021
Milestones
Products

FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Jason F. McLennan

COMMENTARY
Brazil’s Favelas

PROJECTS
Heron Hall
Climate Pledge Arena
ASHRAE World Headquarters
HMTX World Headquarters and Materials Innovation Center
Singapore Zero Energy Cases
Green Shore Residence Phase II
Tianheng Bayview

MAIN FEATURE
How Can We Design Cities to Be More Equitable?

SHOWCASE
Tebet Eco Garden

CITY PROFILE
Hoi An
Kandy

HAPPENINGS
Special Focus: World Cities Summit
In Conversation With Anupama Kundoo
Milestones
Products
FUTURARC INTERVIEW
James Shen

COMMENTARY
Why All Cities Should Prioritise Green Walking

PROJECTS
Shi Ban Qiao Mixed-Use Development
Zhuhai Xiangzhou Green Connector: Jing Shan Trail
Matsubara Civic Library
Porte de Montreuil
Main Feature: Intersectional Feminism for a Sustainable FutureKotchakorn Voraakhom
Yasmeen LariGanga Rathnayake
Serina HijjasChing-Hwa Chang
Sonali RastogiMilestones
Maria Warner WongProduct Advertorials

THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Hossein Rezai; Lee Chin Wei; Serina Hijjas
A Carbon Neutral Skyscraper: Arthaland Century Pacific Tower
Reaching Energy Targets: Singapore Institute of Technology;
The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation
In Conversation with Jan Glasmeier
Sky GreenSteering Clear of Catastrophe: Solutions from the Built Environment
Integrated Production Facility for Organic IndiaWater Becomes the New Crude and Other Things
SMU ConnexionMilestones
Product Advertorials
MAIN FEATURE
Landscape Architecture Is Our First Line of Defence
The Next Paradigm; Where We Go From Here
The Future of Cities: Sustainability’s Deceptive Dreams
Rethinking Sustainability: Form Follows Systems
Moving Beyond Sustainability
THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Anna Heringer
HAPPENINGS
Milestones & Events
Product Advertorials

MAIN FEATURE
Adaptable Spaces
Cities and a Circular Economy After the Virus
Density versus COVID-19: An Indonesian Case Study
Landscape through the Lens of Pandemic
Reclaiming Immaterial Spaces
THE FUTURARC INTERVIEW
Prof Dr Lou Yongqi; Liak Teng Lit; Sameep Padora

HAPPENINGS
Milestones & Events
Product Advertorials

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT 2020
Information on FuturArc Prize & FuturArc Green Leadership Award
Jury & jurors’ comments
FuturArc Prize 2020 winning entries
FuturArc Green Leadership Award 2020 winning entries

Main Feature
Frontlines of Ecological Practice

The FuturArc Interview
Yu Kongjian (Professor for landscape architecture, Peking University; Founder, Turenscape) and
Lou Yongqi (Dean, Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation in Shanghai; Founder, TEKTAO and Design Harvest)

Futurarc Showcase
Shanghai Houtan Park & New Jindai Elementary School

Projects

Commentary

  • Anti Net-Zero Energy Building Policy In Malaysia

The FuturArc Interview

Books

  • Positive, Timely and Engaging: A Review of Paul Hawken’s Drawdown

People

FuturArc Interview

Commentary

Happenings

Milestones & Events

Product Advertorials

Projects

The FuturArc Interview

Special Supplement 2017

Projects

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