EDUCATIONAL VILLAGE: Vidyalankar Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.
New York, USA.
15th Aug '07.
WOW. Wild, crazy, funky. I like this project. Its a big feeling inside: lots of variety of space, color, light–very kinetic architecture. I am encouraged by the Educator narrative–there was good involvement in the design process that drew out the need for informal and collaborative space. - Jeff Lackney
Yes, WOW, indeed. An impressive educational narrative, providing a real feeling that the educator’s openness unleashed a boatload of ideas from the team of architects – a true fireworks display of creative thinking. Delightful interactions between educators and architects. - Beth Hebert
I like this project from an architectural standpoint. An interesting design response that took some very specific steps towards making it sustainable. - Tim Dufault
So thrilling to hear these educators’ openness to a “fresh approach” of incorporating clearly understood values. This kind of imagination is rare in educational circles. The courage and conviction in philosophical beliefs that makes this kind of building possible is palpable. - Beth Hebert
The planners and designers for this school have truly pulled off a dynamic learning environment, providing educators much to work with. I really appreciate the creativity in design that is coming out of new schools in Asia. Educators in these regions are looking to re-engineer the system and are allowing design of the learning environment to play a big role. There is a strong lesson in these schools about the ‘realm of possibilities’ in educational design. - Peter Brown
Feeling positive about the use of ‘alcove’ space, the very cost-effective nature of the overall project, and the focus on “progressive” education. Huge fan of how they pulled off the “Learning Street” — especially given the way the eye is allowed to wonder as it wanders. Particularly appreciate the ’suspended ampitheatre’ that looks over the learning street. I deeply appreciate the way they allowed imagination, humor, and fun to remain front and center. - Christian Long