The Government of India, education sector and educators emphasised on the role of library in schools as a necessity. Educators called it the “Vidya/ Knowledge” centre where we saw a real design need. The schools were also not willing to spend on complete school infrastructure and were open to the idea of spending on a smaller space of design to pilot the “idea of investing in learning infrastructure”. So we looked a combination of library, a lab and a learning space as a design approach. We emphasised the idea of active learning in a knowledge centre experience, versus classrooms that are currently as a passive learning spaces. We also designed an indoor and outdoor space for knowledge centre with adaptive space options across scale. We also included learning concepts with the furniture to make the space more fun at an low/ affordable cost.
The main goal was to keep the space interactive, creative, collaborative and reiterate learning as inspirational.
- Our furniture units had to be adaptive in sizes, easy to transport, maintenance friendly, can be assembled easily and scalable in production to be cost effective.
- Our space and experience design had to be adaptive in layout, dynamic furniture arrangement and not depend too much on sturdy walls.
- The library design focused on requirements such as display, closed storage, accessibility, space optimization, room partition.
- The lab design focused on requirements such as storage, teamwork, working space, experimentation, modularity. We also considered ideas such as seating/comfort, display/ recognition, local knowledge, creative corners.
- We designed our centres that were cost effective in execution and created furniture in low, mid and high range in production cost.
- Design: Research & conceptualization of designs of knowledge centre.
- Prototyped: One design unit each for two product collections.
Project Potential Impact:
- Knowledge centre’s impact on child is to focus on active learning rather than passive learning (lectures, only listening or reading).
- Active learning include children’s learning skills improving by :
- 90% by teaching others/ peers
- 75% by practicing
- 50% by open discussion in groups/ pairs
- 30% by demonstration
- 20% by audio visual
- 10% by reading
- Improvement in learning outcomes through visible thinking tools, collaborative learning approach and activity based learning.
- Teacher motivation to teach beyond the textbook and interact more with students to support student’s learning capacity, excitement and performance.
For execution of knowledge centres, we would be happy to connect further for project queries.