Are Classrooms Obsolete?

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Nair International, Prakash Nair, provoked the architectural and education communities by suggesting, “The classroom is obsolete”.(

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.

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