studioFive is a site for researchers and educators to examine the principles and practices of the arts in education, generating pedagogies to meet the needs of 21st century learners. The design brief required a response to the following:
SPACE / PEDAGOGY / ARTISTRY / COMMUNITY / ENGAGEMENT
The challenge to provide diverse multifunctional environments to meet the needs of studioFive originated from research investigating the role space plays in the implementation of pedagogy. This research necessitated the development of new ways of using briefing and design documentation to act as a shared vocabulary between architects, designers, educators and academics, leading to the ability to co-create new outcomes from old problems.
This methodology defined new ways of using space to allow for connectivity and flexibility, positioning the student at the center of the design.
From its early inceptions the project took as its underpinning a need to design for a future that is not yet known. The key paradigm was to establish the pedagogy, and challenge the preconceived spatial associations as a component of the learning. Environments merge between highly detailed bespoke resolutions to generic and reconfigurable spaces, easily allowing for intuitive uses and ongoing flexibility.
studioFive is a space that supports, enriches and expands by:
- Allowing for multiple modes of educational experiences, from large group to one-on-one teaching and learning, from the experimental and experiential to the didactic;
- Integrating active research into the teaching and learning space;
- Facilitating visible learning, collaborative teaching, shared pedagogies, and communal learning;
- Containing smart furniture, smart storage and smart materials systems, which encourage flexible learning and teaching, allowing for broader engagement with partners and the community;
- Acting as a ‘third teacher’, a space that generates enquiry, discovery and learning solutions through visible learning in situ, remote demonstrations, and exhibition of learning outcomes;
- Providing a technology-rich environment which facilitates and extends creative learning and teaching;
- Encouraging multi-disciplinary practices in arts teaching, learning and research.
studioFive is one of seven international UNESCO Arts Observatories and is now undertaking research, education, partnerships, community participation and acting out its intention to be an engagement center.