The present article describes Finmere Primary School (1958-59), by the architects David and Mary Medd, which belongs to the Development Projects in Great Britain. The methodology of the article responds to Herbert Read´s theses in his book Education through Art (1943) and influential professionals, Christian Schiller and Robin Tanner, who together with the Medds, supported his theories about the importance of the Arts in the personal development of the individual. The article focuses on describing how the spaces of the school, and the school as a whole, lend themselves to the development of the theories raised by these thinkers, to analyze the validity of their approaches in the present. The description of the project strategies helps to understand the architectural space in relation to some theoretical concepts that understand the human being as creative in a community environment. In the first place, the school will be explained as a single learning space without classrooms, promoting learning that integrates several disciplines. Next, as a place that absorbs the simultaneity of activities, a built-in variety school designed for specific activities. Finally, the school will be interpreted as a workshop that facilitates learning through experimentation and forces students to participate actively, building their own working corners. The article is limited to the study of a school in the British territory, as a particular case that allows us to see, through its evolution, how the educational and architectural discipline could jointly make a significant advance in the post-war schools. Finmere Primary School´s project adapts to the pedagogical concepts still in force today, so we can learn from it fundamental strategies for the design of educational spaces.
|Translated title of the contribution||The dissolution of the classroom: Finmere primary school (1958-59), an integrative, specific and active learning|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2018|
- Active learning
- Development projects
- Learning spaces
- Mary Medd