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Challenging The Education RetrogradeSouthwark, UK
This project began as an education facility which could be shared between two existing overcrowded schools in Southwark - the borough with the highest number of overcrowded schools. This has since developed into a new type of mix-use school, where the boundary between the city and school are purposefully blurred. Shared spaces accessible to the general public feature heavily; this calls for a pedagogical overhaul where a new cohort of students, along with the existing students and community members, will integrate through the permeable edges of the school in a choreography of new, reenergised, urban learning. In inner-city London in particular, there is little freedom beyond the school gates. The London teenager is something the city both fears and controls. In this project, young people are at the forefront, and can begin to take ownership of both their city and their education, as the community becomes their youth centre, their school, and their freedom.