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Lewis Shannon

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Neurodivercity


In architecture, education studies and other human sciences, recent years have seen a renewed interest in the ‘dispersed’ model of education. A dispersed school is a geographical scattering of learning sites where education is divorced from a physical, single institution. Pedagogically, it draws comparisons with a ‘deschooling’ of learners, whereby education flourishes through networks of expertise and engagement in your local community. This project is a dispersed secondary school in Southwark with an aim of integrating the school with the community. The two aims of introducing the school to the city, and inviting the city into the school, involve a desegregation of educational topographies which utilises underused pockets of land and existing community facilities to create a network of relationships for educational purposes. I am finding ways to meet the issues of overcrowded and under-resourced schools to create radical educational opportunities in inner city London; 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. The pandemic has proved an even stronger argument for sharing educational and spatial resources – this project has inadvertently become a draft policy for resilience.

Glasgow, UK



Lewis Shannon

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