Inside the box – Devise a classroom upgrade kit

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The in-classroom learning in the past few decades have seen significant changes, but not like the one it saw a few months ago. Online learning and offline learning have different value propositions and levels of acceptance in our day to day life. But the year 2020, the scale of change has turned so huge that it brings the entire offline way of tuition under serious doubts. When entire academic institutions were resistant to change, the times have moved the most resistant teachers to deliver lectures online tells a lot about these times. And similar stigma which was held earlier, mainly of students learning everything ‘digital’ or ‘technological’ are now being appreciated and rewarded in many ways. What does this mean for our existing classrooms?

The design of existing classrooms (K12 Systems) is based on the antiquated means of book-based learning. They arrange pupils in rows and columns as a way to efficiently deliver a static way of learning courtesy to our past from the world over. Not everything about this structuring is bad, but the limited options to education are visible due to not embracing technology earlier phases of life.
But instead of being a rift, the way online learning embraced every academic class – can the reverse happen to prepare students for this rampantly shifting? Can old school designs be upgraded more than a projector screen by giving more personal control to children on what and how to learn, using current and upcoming technologies to build more cohesive delivery models?

The problem statement looks at a classroom upgrade kit that includes new furniture design, classroom layout methods, the inclusion of taught and DIY learning, with equipment that will help deliver a more robust and fun way of learning than today. The budget is not a constraint, but the size of the classroom is. Will it involve expert installation? Or it can be set up manually by the class itself? What devices or teaching systems are possible in this kit? What age group are you designing this for? What safety precautions may arise with such changed new teaching apparatus?
The solution finding looks at traditional schools and its classrooms at large all around the world as target sites. The user group looks at 30 students and 2 teachers in any (one or multiple) of the K12 classes. You can pick an average classroom size for the problem and choose a single class or multiple based on your design.
Ensure you communicate these choice level details especially the minimum applicable area of your kit and maximum area on your sheets. Assumptions and choices similar to these will be crucial in evaluating the designs received.

Multi – Utility: How many types of learning methods your new furniture design can support or take into account? How well does it deliver on those features?
Design/Universality: How well does the design span varying classroom demands across various regions universally?
Material/Safety: How does the design strategy take into account material safety and child safety in general.
Setup/Updating: How does the bus stand reflect the space it has been placed in or the city it belongs to?
Sections like packaging efficiency, portability, convenience, etc. are fundamental but are expected to be met without emphasizing as an objective.

You can pick the size of the classroom on a base average of thumb rule or a standard of your choice. But the size you choose will have a maximum and minimum limit area for your kit. The height of the available space is restricted to 3.0m. For classrooms higher than this limit can be assumed at this height only.

The entries will be judged by an international jury of the competition on the following criteria:
-Presentation: The fundamental to a good entry is a visual delivery of ideas.
-Concept/Idea: Quality of thought and intent in the pre-design phase.
-Spaces/Programme: How the spaces are calculated and ordered.
-Design Outcome The final architectural outcome of the solution.

The judging panel can also add other criteria based on their internal discussions – which will be in line with the problem statement. Participants are advised to fulfill the above-given criteria first in their design. Names of the jury panel will be announced soon.

Winners of this competition will get annually published with us in our e-yearbook and annual publications.


Registration Closes: 30 Nov 2020

Submission Deadline: 1 Dec 2020

Result Announcement: 28 Jan 2021