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Indesign #77

Make way for the alphas: Early learning spaces for digital natives

Make way for the alphas: Early learning spaces for digital natives

The ‘alpha generation’ has never known a world without smartphones. How do we design early learning environments to nurture these digital natives on their own, new-age terms?

Dramatic Statement: John Wardle Architects’ Caulfield Library, Monash university

Dramatic Statement: John Wardle Architects’ Caulfield Library, Monash university

A Brutalist 1970s library building provides the bones for a Renaissance-like redevelopment at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. The outcome is a dynamic hub that serves a complexity of 21st-century needs. “It was about opening the library up to the central village green of the campus and bringing light into the building,” says John Wardle Architects’ Jasmin Williamson.

When Kennedy Nolan does a co-working space: 25 King Collective

When Kennedy Nolan does a co-working space: 25 King Collective

Could your office headquarters double as a collective workspace? When Excelon Group acquired an ageing office space they had big ideas, and a very loose brief. Kennedy Nolan overcame distinctive heritage features (that staircase!) to vividly imbue the historic 19th-century building with modern functionality.

Navigating practice: Branch Studio Architects

Navigating practice: Branch Studio Architects

In just seven years, Branch Studio Architects has established a strong and resonant design ethos that has captured the loyalty of education and residential clients alike. But running a practice demands agility and foresight, as Branch has discovered first-hand.

Colourful brise-soleil: Henning Larsen’s French International School of Hong Kong

Colourful brise-soleil: Henning Larsen’s French International School of Hong Kong

Rather than relegating learning to only classrooms, Henning Larsen’s Hong Kong studio has designed the entire French International School of Hong Kong as a playground for exploration, education and eco-friendliness.

Creating a village square: Green Square Library

Creating a village square: Green Square Library

Tipped to become Australia’s most densely populated precinct, Sydney’s Green Square required a truly memorable gesture for its community hub. The Library and Plaza redefines the meaning of architectural literacy with its incredibly visual and graphic structures. And it also happened to snag INDE Gold in The Learning Space category, partnered with Living Edge.

Rising expectations: The rise of vertical schools

Rising expectations: The rise of vertical schools

Vertical education. It’s a fact, but is it also a fad? Paul McGillick looks at how education is reaching for the skies.

Knowledge capital: Workplaces for creativity and thinking

Knowledge capital: Workplaces for creativity and thinking

Idea generation, creativity and mental stamina: this is the currency of the modern-day knowledge worker. What sort of environment is required for the people who innovate through ideation?

Hidden treasure: Cadogan Song School by Palassis Architects

Hidden treasure: Cadogan Song School by Palassis Architects

Transforming a crypt-like space into a vaulted vessel of sound, Palassis Architects re-creates the exultant musical qualities of a cathedral in Perth’s oldest architectural precinct.

Great expectations: Joyce Wang

Great expectations: Joyce Wang

Since founding her practice in 2011 Joyce Wang has carved out an international name for herself, establishing studios in Hong Kong and London. She’s a jet-setting mother-of-three, but she is not interested in world design domination, rather her focus is on upending the status quo.

Object-based learning and exhibition design with Jake Barton, Local Projects

Object-based learning and exhibition design with Jake Barton, Local Projects

Principal and founder of New York-based Local Projects speaks to Leanne Amodeo about creating memorable interactive exhibition experiences.

Innovation in education at Penrith Public School

Innovation in education at Penrith Public School

Students at the newly-upgraded Penrith Public School, Sydney now have the opportunity to be part of a multitude of innovative learning environments.

A new era of education at Longyuan School

A new era of education at Longyuan School

Architects Zhubo Design-AAO and interior designers H Design were tasked with creating a campus-like school tailored to modern teaching methods in the heart of Shenzhen.

It has landed! <em>Indesign</em> #77 – The ‘Knowledge Economy’ issue

It has landed! Indesign #77 – The ‘Knowledge Economy’ issue

The latest issue of Indesign magazine is hitting the streets, and as our education special, #77 will look into the ‘knowledge economy’ and how today’s student-centred learning models have cannoned us into an era of non-traditional learning environments.