When completed in 2014, Singapore’s 4th publicly funded university will be able to adapt to the shifting paradigms of education, writes Janice Seow.
February 8th, 2011
New realities brought on by globalisation and stiffer economic competition have led to discernable shifts in Singapore’s education system in the past few years.
One of the more recent developments taking shape is a university that is being designed to facilitate a new flexible, interactive mode of learning.
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) – the country’s 4th publicly funded university when completed in 2014 – aims to offer a forward-looking, multidisciplinary education with strong emphasis on creativity and innovation.
“The pedagogy of today is non-linear; the way we broadcast and receive information is constantly shifting. We of course realise that the traditional model of innovative institutional buildings has to be able to adapt to its ever-changing needs,” say DP Architects and UNStudio in their joint statement.
“We sought to remove constraints on both instruction and student development, and create a building that not only supports the need for flexibility on an institutional level, but which also celebrates the broader community of the campus,” they add.
The university will blur boundaries by doing away with individual buildings for different disciplines; classrooms, laboratories and meeting rooms – which can adapt to ever-evolving school requirements – will be distributed and overlapped across 4 blocks.
Academic facilities will connect through a seamless non-linear network of organised spaces and paths, facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration and incidental interaction, and will converge at a highly visible multipurpose space at the centre of the campus.
The school, which will boast environmentally sustainable features such as passive solar design, aims to achieve the highest BCA Green Mark (Platinum rating) in Singapore.
The new campus will be located in Upper Changi. The interim campus will be at the former ITE Dover campus with the first student intake to take place in 2012.
Images courtesy of DP Architects and UNStudio
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