Free thinking

Reimagining Victorian school buildings for free-school conversions for an RIBA Symposium

The cyclical re-invention of school procurement, design and pedagogical management along with historical but serviceable and often beautiful building stock, particularly in Sherlock Holmes’ “beacon” board schools leave a trailing wake of latent slippage, where experiment and reinvention is often dissuaded by the apparent and real immovability of bricks and mortar. Not so in the world of animation or even in the free-running of school children and their ability to adapt and to similarly adapt the spaces they occupy or are temporarily corralled in by teachers. The triple decker Victorian board school is a palace of learning with chamber, anti-chamber and gallery.

Service: Creative Discipline

Location: UK

Client: School children

Cost: £tbc

Dates: 1820-

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