Key architecture and design firms share thoughts about “new humanism.”

A unique glimpse into the mind of leading architecture and design firms across the country is shaping the educational landscape of the future. A Metropolis Think Tank series is tackling key issues surrounding human-centered design. The series of conversations is digging in to the “new” humanism that proponents hope to inject into every design project. Take a glimpse at some of the views gathered by Metropolis:

“Children need play. If you nail down the desks and use a factory mode of educating, you’re going to fail because children need to be mobile, they need to assemble, disassemble, work alone, and work together. All of that requires a very fluid design that allows them the freedom to do this kind of learning.”

“At a mechanical level there’s the need to be multimodal and multi-spectral—different people learn in different ways and we can’t rely on teaching in one way anymore. Education shouldn’t be all about someone standing in front of a classroom of 30, 60, or 100 people looking at them, that just doesn’t work anymore.”

“We are biophilic creatures who relate to the natural world and have an innate love and understanding of nature’s processes, whether we know it scientifically or not, we instinctively feel it, so our buildings really need to reflect that too.”

“New humanism” is helping reshape education spaces, readjusting approaches to education, technology and community building. In creating more collaborative spaces to allow time for unstructured learning, this people-centered approach might just upgrade the conventions of learning for the better.

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