CLTH Proposes Adaptive Design for Schools post COVID-19 | ArchDaily

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(CLTH) envisioned a new classroom design method when the school reopened due to the relaxation of the British confinement measures. London's architectural practice released an innovative concept "to help ease the restricted circulation routes within the school and maintain the necessary social distance between students and staff."

With the announcement of the British government's plan to reopen elementary schools from June, CLTH has addressed the challenges of social isolation and safety in these institutions. In fact, the proposed proposal is a temporary vision aimed at "helping to liberate the existing internal school space, reducing the burden on students of the circulation area, and at the same time increasing the airflow that contributes to personal well-being."

Considering how the school will return to normal after our children are locked, my partner Marianne Christiansen inspired me to consider outdoor learning. Danish schools have adopted a tent-like structure for classroom teaching. — CLTH Director Wayne Head

In order to propose an architectural response, CLTH’s concept was based on preliminary research and analysis conducted by its team, and generated “a series of pop-up structures similar to tents, each of which follows the two-meter social distance rule and is adapted to different classroom settings. Adaptability".

Then, under the leadership of my colleague Simon Bumstead, our educational design team conducted a series of studies and proposed the use of large tents usually used during festivals to transfer part of the teaching resources to temporary structures In the idea. […] This is by no means our answer to the appearance of the classroom in the future. We want to use this as a catalyst for further discussions and rethink how to design and use schools.

. -CLTH Director Wayne Head

The project uses tents and portable bathroom facilities as well as renewable energy sources (such as PV arrays and solar vacuum tubes) for hot water heating, with the goal of using existing resources that were not used during the pandemic. In addition, faculty, staff and students will be encouraged to establish a clockwise movement inside and outside the building to avoid crossing. This simple and adaptable concept can be applied to different outdoor environments, thus encouraging new practice in public places. In fact, the concept suggests opening streets to people, maximizing the use of residential areas, and encouraging safe community integration.

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