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Inventing Schools

Inventing Schools | a School as big as the world

Project proposals for the nursery, primary and secondary schools in Milan

"Inventing schools" is a platform for teaching experimentation focusing on the topic of schools. It is open to coursesworkshops and degree theses and aims to encourage discussion between the City Administration and the AUIC School, offering the many teachers who are working on the subject of schools the opportunity to work in a more co-ordinated way on a number of case studies agreed with the school buildings of the Municipality of Milan.

The areas of action, aimed at experimenting with reuse, recovery and definition of new categories in relation to the existing public spaces, concern four main interconnected actions (replace - update - adapt - integrate):

  • replacement of existing buildings with the creation and design of new schools
  • renovation and upgrade of existing schools
  • adaptation of technology, structure and energy
  • integration of public educational spaces and open urban networks with parks and green systems

Course profile Laboratorio di Progettazione Architettonica 2

The "Inventing the School - A School as Big as the World" catalogue is online by 13.3.2023.
At this link on the LetteraVentidue website you can purchase the volume.

"Inventing schools |A school as big as the World" is a testing platform dedicated to the theme of public schools. Participation in workshops and degree theses creates a common ground for discussion between public administration, students, tutors and teachers to explore scenarios of innovation and modification for the delicate system of educational spaces. The program's purpose is to encourage dialogue between the School Building Department of the Municipality of Milan and the AUIC School-Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano, offering teachers who deal with the topic the opportunity to work coordinated on agreed case studies. 

The replacement of existing buildings, the regeneration and updating of school complexes, and the integration of neighborhood public spaces through urban circuits open to relationships with parks and green systems characterize the design action of "Inventing schools". The working methods are those typical of research in architecture, in which drawings, sketches, models, and formal suggestions are interwoven with technical verifications and multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological contributions, feeding off each other.