Sabine Storp and Inigo Minns
Sustainable Hotel School, Casa Blanca Havanna by Jens Kongstad Oelsen
School projects in London and Havanna
School + more, back to learning again!
It is January, 1961, two years after the Cuban Revolution. Two of the most improbable golfers in the history of the game, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, tee off on the 18-hole Championship course at the Havana Country Club. As Che and Fidel play their round, they talk about the future of the Revolution and what to do with this fancy golf course. In a curious twist on Plato’s Gymnasia, a place of recreation was recognised as a place for learning:
"We will turn this playground for the rich into a wonderful school.
We will build schools for the arts—art schools for the people!" Fidel Castro
Typically, schools are structured around rigid timetables, fixed activities and assessment though quantifiable results. However current thinking suggests that if you live in a world where every lesson is 40 minutes with the emphasis placed on fixed outcomes, you immediately interrupt the flow of creativity and loose potential for a student’s spontaneous expression and, with this, a crucial phase in self discovery.
Jens Olesen Kongstad