Design for Enhanced Learning in Modular Classrooms through Biophilic Design

Roos, Phillip, Wang, Rui, Jones, David S., Walker, Arlene, Sadick, Abdul-Manan and Bartesaghi Koc, Carlos 2019, Design for Enhanced Learning in Modular Classrooms through Biophilic Design, Live+Smart Research Laboratory, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic..

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Title Design for Enhanced Learning in Modular Classrooms through Biophilic Design
Author(s) Roos, PhillipORCID iD for Roos, Phillip
Wang, RuiORCID iD for Wang, Rui
Jones, David S.ORCID iD for Jones, David S.
Walker, ArleneORCID iD for Walker, Arlene
Sadick, Abdul-MananORCID iD for Sadick, Abdul-Manan
Bartesaghi Koc, CarlosORCID iD for Bartesaghi Koc, Carlos
Publication date 2019-05-27
Total pages 47
Publisher Live+Smart Research Laboratory, Deakin University
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Keyword(s) Biophilia
Biophilic Design
Classroom Design
Landscape Design
Architectural Design
Design for Health
Sensory Architecture
Research statement This research aims to identify a range of architectural and landscape design principles, based on the values of biophilia. Biophilia, advocated by North American biologist and theorist Edward O. Wilson, suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, and thus as humans we seek “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”. This research therefore involves understanding the physiological and psychological sensory responses of primary school students, in responding to their surroundings, and considering ways that can enhance effective pedagogy in school indoor and outdoor classroom environments. In particular, guidance will be developed to enable the practical embodiment of these principles, in the design and modular construction practice of school building structures. The main goal of this research is to produce architectural and landscape design guidelines and performance criteria based on biophilic design principles that can serve as a guidance for modular classroom design and construction practice. The primary benefit is to provide healthy, sensory enhanced classroom spaces that promote improved positive learning, as well as supporting the wellbeing of students and teaching staff. To achieve this goal, the research followed a process of enquiry by conducting a detailed literature review and assessment, and using the findings to develop key design principles and concept design proposals. The principles were tested in an augmented reality (AR) / virtual reality (VR) laboratory to validate their reliability and veracity.
Language eng
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
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