CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Educational Architecture – Education, Heritage and Challenges is intended to be a forum for discussing the most recent innovations, trends and concerns in this area, as well as the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the planning and design of new and existing child-centred educational environments. It will discuss the current challenges and requirements faced by educational environments, focusing on different perspectives and scales of analysis, such as the role of the educational space within the local urban fabric, its impact on the local community, and the design of informal and formal educational spaces (spatial, functional and environmental quality; spatial organisation; furniture and equipment; etc.). It will also provide an interdisciplinary platform for leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholarship holders, as well as for educators, practitioners and, policymakers from different geographies and backgrounds, who will enjoy opportunities for discussion and mutual understanding, in the pursuit of common research goals.
The aim of this three-day conference – Educational Architecture – Education, Heritage, Challenges is to provide a forum for knowledge sharing in order to understand:
1) where specific individual and collective visions/policies originate from. Do they come from architects, pedagogues, head teachers or politicians?
2) design strategies, trends, values and problems, whose different experiences can inform current challenges.
The conference will include, but is not limited to, the following themes and their relationship with educational architecture:
The urban and public dimension
New spatial and functional organisations
Interiors and furniture
New educational typologies
These are, however, merely suggested themes based on current research trends. Papers will also be welcomed that deal with other research topics, providing that they contribute to a better understanding of the educational and child-centred environments emerging as a result of our new social and economic demands, environmental constraints and the technological developments taking place in a highly diversified cultural milieu, as well as reinterpretations of past discourses and practices.
The submission of papers about projects and case studies, which can demonstrate the impact and the significance of successful and innovative solutions in the field of educational architecture, is also encouraged.