In his article in Education Week (2011), futurist, architect and president of Fielding Nair International, Prakash Nair, provoked the architectural and education communities by suggesting, “The classroom is obsolete”.(www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/07/29/37nair.h30.html)
When designing schools that meet the needs of today’s learners, Nair suggests the following universal education design principles be included in the design, and as drivers for discussion:
(1) personalised learning; (2) safe and secure environments; (3) inquiry-based learning; (4) student-directed; (5) collaborative; (6) interdisciplinary; (7) rigorous and hands-on; (8) embodying a culture of excellence and high expectations;(9) environmentally conscious; (10) offering strong connections to the local community and business; (11) globally networked; and (12) setting the stage for lifelong learning.
For more of Nair’s publications: http://www.fieldingnair.com/index.php/publications/