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The scattered school: beyond the classrooms

 

The scattered school: beyond the classroom.

Translation by Emilio Campagnoli, Samantha Broker and Rosa Serena Tetro

Versione in italiano:
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My classroom en plein air. Giuseppe Campagnoli 2013

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Research on architecture for learning and on what are called education facilities or school buildings is growing. But not all that glitters is gold and in my experience I have noticed that, as Manfredo Tafuri said, at least 9 books out of 10 must be read diagonally. I have not found anything actually new and groundbreaking in literary essays and experiments carried out in Europe or elsewhere in the world.

Change can start from an idea that is already described in my book The Architecture of School published by Franco Angeli, Milan, 2007. In the book I suggest an innovative idea of learning spaces. It is time to start a wider debate and, hopefully, put the ideas into practice.

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“The Architecture of School

An idea for culture and learning spaces

 “The Architecture of School, to paraphrase the title of the famous book Architecture of the City by Aldo Rossi, is the result of more than thirty years’ experience in the field of culture, art, school, architecture and public administration. It is neither a handbook on the theory of design, nor a technical essay. On the contrary. It is partially an auto-biographical reflection, a “poetical” proposal addressed to designers, administrators and workers in the field of cultural heritage and education. It aims to finally build and strengthen the idea of learning spaces and the exhibition of culture beyond fashion, clichés and the lack of expertise of many -maybe too eclectic – professionals.The first part of the book, after a short theoretical introduction, contains an historical-architectural digression and a summary of the functional and formal evolution of the places in Italy where culture, pedagogy and didactics are created and shared.

The second part which consists of many chapters regarding many compositional and planning aspects, presents the concrete proposal for a new architectural style for buildings which are usually neglected.  The only exceptions are the rare “white elephants” and “monuments” to administrators, to sponsors or to “famous architect divas” of the time. At the end there is a series of pictures, as well as the author’spersonal thoughts and experiences, which conclude the topics discussed in the book with an open view.