The Edgeless School: Design for Learning exhibit at the Center for Architecture

IMG_7487Many thanks to Judith Seidel for gathering folks for a guided tour of The Edgeless School: Design for Learning at The Center for Architecture with the curator of the exhibit, Thomas Mellins. Judith is the Lower School Technology Coordinator at Friends Seminary in New York City, and she knows a million people. It was a pleasure to hear Thomas tell us how he researched, visited, and gathered information from the schools to populate the exhibit. Something to note is that these are a collection of new constructions rather than renovated spaces. The designs included reading rooms flooded with light, central stairwells that guide waves of students to expansive open lobbies, manicured outdoor spaces where the entire community can group in a giant circle around the perimeter, boardroom-like tables where collaboration and communication is fostered (a la Harkness), and classrooms with intelligent multipurpose spaces.

A highlight for me was this glorious, windowed classroom with a tiered library/reading/performance space at Rodeph Sholom in NYC (@RodephSholomNYC):


Photos of the 25 schools included in the exhibit are in the gallery below:

There were cool 3-D models and a really lovely interactive section populated by Steelcase chairs, an Eno 2 board, original artwork created by pixelated images of the schools from the exhibit, and audio portions from Katie Salen, James Paul Jee, Henry Jenkins, Howard Gardner, and Dale Dougherty:

Here’s an interview with Thomas Mellins uploaded to YouTube by Curtis Callaway:

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