Studio 4

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.

Sustainable Hotel School, Casa Blanca Havanna by Jens Kongstad Oelsen

Details

Course BA (Hons) Architecture

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 Sustainable Hotel School, Casa Blanca Havanna
Sustainable Hotel School Casa Blanca Havanna Jens Kongstad Oelsen 2

Jens Kongstad Oelsen 

 Salusbury Primary School, Clay workshop
Salusbury Primary School Clay Workshop Jens Kongstad Oelsen

Jens Kongstad Oelsen 

 Salusbury Primary School, Clay workshop
Salusbury Primary School Clay Workshop Jens Kongstad Oelsen 2

Jens Kongstad Oelsen 

 Salusbury Primary School, Clay workshop
Salusbury Primary School Clay Workshop Jens Kongstad Oelsen 3

Jens Kongstad Oelsen 

 Music school Malecon, Havanna
Music School Malecon Havanna Nancy Bodson

Nancy Bodson 

 Construction School, Malecon, Havanna
Construction School Malecon Havanna Claire Beard

Claire Beard 

 Costruction school, Malecon, Havanna
Construction School Malecon Havanna Claire Beard 2

Claire Beard 

 Salusbury Primary school: Outdoor structure
Salusbury School Outdoor Structure Alex Nacu

Alex Nacu 

 Salusbury Primary school artificial forest
Salusbury Primary School Artificial Forest Francesca Miles

Francesca Miles 

 Salusbury Primary school artificial forest
Salusbury Primary School Artificial Forest Francesca Miles 2

Francesca Miles 

 Boat making school on regents canal London
Boat Making School Regents Canal London Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor 

 Science school, Regents Canal
Science School Regents Canal Migle Pikelyte

Migle Pikelyte 

Amir Afshar
Claire Beard
Nancy Bodson
Shadi Farivar
Anastasia Glover
Richard Hardingham
Francesca Miles
Alex Nacu
Jens Olesen Kongstad
Migle Pikelyte
Jack Taylor
Tomohiro Sugeta

Emu Masumaya
Ian Maxwell
Lucy Paton
Mariana Pestana
Geraldine Holland
Patrick Weber