Tour 12

Theme:   Now & Next - Reimaging Space

Site:        The Learning Project, Caulfield Grammar School

Designers:   Hayball

As a single stop tour, this visit will provide delegates with the opportunity to explore the site in depth through interactive discussion and presentation involving educators, designers and students.

In 2013, a collaboration between school and architect began at Caulfield Grammar School. Through master planning three of the schools metropolitan campuses, it became evident that a new pedagogy was emerging, strongly grounded in research and developed through extensive staff visioning and professional learning over a period of many years.

Questions were asked about what learning would look like at Caulfield Grammar School in the next five, 10, 20 and even 50 years, and how the spaces might evolve beyond the existing classrooms and collaborative areas to support this. This questioning lead to the development of The Learning Project: a series of prefabricated, relocatable buildings that would enable exploration of the theory, practice and settings that can support multi-modal learning. The project was done as a prototype space prior to the implementation of a Master Plan of capital works.

A series of highly connected and varied settings create learning and working spaces for up to 90 students with 6 staff – who work and learn together collaboratively.

The project is influencing the way new building projects are approached at the school. As a prototype, The Learning Project is a vehicle for change, enabling the school and design team to evolve spaces and settings whilst conducting research and post-occupancy evaluation.

This in-depth site visit will explore the development of the project brief, settings, spaces and construction methodology. Additionally, the rigorous research and evaluation being undertaken by the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), at the University of Melbourne as part of the Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments ARC Linkage Project will also be explored, providing participants with insights into the new learning environment evaluation techniques being developed by the research team.

This page last updated: Sunday 14 February 2016