Sunday 4th March.
Back to my old elementary school on such an important day for the future of Italy, I found myself wandering through my memories while walking through those old corridors and I realized that nothing really changed after all. Same old, white walls, occasionally mid-height painted with clear but soft shades. Same cold, academic atmosphere of all time. No sign of brilliant colors, innovative lighting; no smart spaces that spark unconventional learning strategies. Due to professional tendency, I instantly understand that the importance of the intellectual development of all human beings but do not allow for efficient growth of the student mind; instead those spaces remain still and ruled by outdated structures. I found myself stuck in a nostalgic mood, thinking back to that little desk where I used to spend so many hours everyday. I am firmly convinced that nowadays more than ever, on the threshold of the third millennium, schools should be organized with a smarter approach, in order to promote a better way of learning with the intention to push creativity, collaboration and an open dialogue between teacher and student. I imagine that the student of the future will be welcomed by an open-space area, where duty is strictly linked to the functional aspect and that will offer to everyone a great opportunity of being creative and open to each other. The development of an idea should be stimulated by a cutting edge environment with light and shadow effects, smooth shapes and bright color details that would further motivate someone who is now progressing and facing brand new situations and challenges. A contemporary concept of education that moves towards a cooperative and creative future with a keen approach, by maintaining the standard curriculum and academic framework.
My phone is ringing; I have to to put aside this fresh, conceptual chapter for now and face my new project in progress.
Photo by Alessandro Cinque