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Design for Enhanced Learning in Modular Classrooms through Biophilic Design

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posted on 27.05.2019, 00:00 authored by Phillip RoosPhillip Roos, Rui Wang, David Jones, Arlene WalkerArlene Walker, Abdul-Manan SadickAbdul-Manan Sadick, Carlos Bartesaghi Koc
This research aims to identify a range of architectural and landscape design principles to inform classroom design, based on the values of biophilia.The outputs from 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.

History

Pagination

1 - 47

Publisher

Live+Smart Research Laboratory, Deakin University

Place of publication

Geelong, Vic.

Language

eng

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.

Publication classification

A6 Research report/technical paper