Supergarten – Developing a relevant kindergartens of today
Our children are sent to kindergarten with the best intention, believing that formal education is what kids need to become productive happy adults.
Education begins at playschools, a place that handles these blooming minds and their first interaction of out of home learning with their peers.
While education curriculum varies from place to place how can built form itself can be a great teacher of various elements of life?
Kindergartens offer a lot of opportunities to teach children about basic spheres of life, yet most utilize rooms and surfaces only.
How can the architecture of the kindergarten boost exploration and curiosity while creating a safe enclosure for the children?
How well are we managing these shoots of imagination especially in changing times of today?
There are several elements in a school that can introduce life that is not with a blackboard. Be it staircases, corridors, trees, soil, walls, floors, materials, and possibilities just begin. From natural to man-made, every element in nature can be a teacher to a specific aspect of life.
Yet we are mostly restrained to classrooms, and now rely on video screens to absorb knowledge.
Unarguably, screens are the gold standard of providing a convenient audio-visual format of learning without much effort in a world full of free content.
However, when 90% of our lives will be spent in front of screens, how can Kindergartners be a space where children begin to learn without it? How can we switch classrooms or blur their boundaries so that the outdoors and indoors become one and offer new learning spaces without hassle every day? What can a model school-based on life skills learning will look like?
The design challenge is to conceive a Kindergarten for 75 children + 75 children in an expansion plan – based on the design theme above. The problem not only expands to the spatial of the Kindergarten but explores new learning models/frameworks that help teachers to employ a different type of teachings in day to day life effortlessly.
The problem looks at opening up classrooms either partially or completely by creating smaller pockets or blurred borders promoting openness and learning from either peers or the environment.
The site for this competition is located in Wellington, New Zealand. The place is known to be the capital of the country of New Zealand and has extremely pleasant outdoor weather during most parts of the year. The brief looks at manifesting the model school ideas on a site like this, where new aspects of learning can be demonstrated via architectural experimentation for children of today.
The design challenge is to conceive a Kindergarten for 75 children + 75 children in an expansion plan – based on the design theme above. The problem not only expands to the spatiality of the Kindergarten but explores new learning models/frameworks that help teachers to employ a different type of teachings in day to day life effortlessly.
Link to Competition
Link to Registration form
Prize pool of worth 24,000$
First Prize: 6000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1400$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention: 12 x 600$ Each
Type of Competition
Open to the public/Minimum requirements (Open to anyone that complies with the requirements), Single stage (Winners selected immediately)
Who can Participate
The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
The maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.
Dates and Time Frame
Registration Closes May 10, 2021
Deadline to Submit Project May 11, 2021
Winners announcement Date July 8, 2021
Location of Competition