Our Gallery at One Market just set up twelve new exhibits that come under the heading of Design in the Public Interest. These exhibits feature products, places, and processes where design is used for common good instead of monetary profit. In a series of twelve blog articles over the next few weeks, I thought I would pick them off one at a time. The first one I covered was:
Our next one is Laboratory to Learn.
- Architizer: Architects, You Can Help Save The World! See 5 Remarkable Projects From New Autodesk Exhibition
There is, quite possibly, no social issue that makes more headlines, creates more controversy, and worries the average American more than education. We discuss academic standards, the quality of teachers, and funding ad nauseam, but how often do we consider the impact of the school buildings themselves on students’ capacity to learn?
Here are two sobering facts:
- It is estimated that nearly 15,000 U.S. schools have air that is unfit for children to breathe.
- This leads to more sick days and lower student achievement.
Project Frog, creators of component buildings, is on a mission to raise America’s standards of what an education facility can be. Their "frogs," as they are affectionately known, are flexible, supporting teachers’ creativity, free of chemical pollutants known to be harmful to children, and can be built in just six months — 50% to 70% faster than traditional construction.
Not only are "frogs" built to be environmentally sustainable, but they are learning laboratories for students. An interactive dashboard tracks the building’s energy performance and allows students to analyze how their actions impact energy resources. In this way, a modern-day manufacturing solution mirrors Sophocles’ ancient pedagogical wisdom: "One must learn by doing the thing."
Thanks to Global Content Manager, Matthew Tierney, and Brand Marketing Manager, Grace Hom, for content contained in this blog article. This is just one of the many exhibits in the gallery at One Market in San Francisco. The gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 5 pm, and admission is free. Visit us.
Education is alive in the lab.