It’s evident that innovative learning spaces aid in the delivery of modern pedagogy. The needs of instructors, as well as the needs of students with various backgrounds and learning abilities, are the building blocks of these futuristic spaces. Digital learning and new building configurations have defied the traditional education model, and those in charge of school planning must reflect that shift in their ideas and implementation. Collaboration between experts such as educators, architects, state officials, design consultants, and many others is key to meet the new demands of modern Australian schools.
Creating 21st century learning spaces while tackling a tremendous population change has not been easy. These circumstances have put strain on school infrastructure, as well as state governments, and it’s in the best interest of the governments and greater communities to invest in school building projects. This will ensure sufficient school spaces are available for current and future student populations.
The desire for a stronger education system is clear, with the 2018/2019 budgets surpassing previous budgets with record breaking funding pledges. Queensland has designated $800 million through its Building Future Schools Fund (BFS), Victoria has invested $3.8 billion – including tech schools and funding for planning projects, and NSW has committed $6 billion over four years to deliver 170 new and upgraded schools.
Whether they are new or refurbished, urban or regional, private or public, Australian schools in 2019 will strive to set the bar for excellence and innovation.
Dr. Benjamin Cleveland
Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Associate Director, LEaRN, Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, University of Melbourne
Architect, CLEAA Claudio Lucchin & Architetti Associati
Managing Principal, FJMT Studio
Co-CEO, Marshall Day Acoustics
Executive Director, Infrastructure, Department for Education
Simon Le Nepveu
Partner, ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects
Dr. Fiona Mayne
Lecturer in Technology Education (Early Childhood/Primary), The University of Western Australia
Principal, Claremont College
Headmaster, Saint Stephen's College
Partner, The School Transformation Group
Teacher, Education Queensland
Manager, Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit
Principal, Bannockburn P-12 College
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