Tear Down This Wall

[Michael Horn has been a leader in the move to blended learning as a disruptive technology. In this Edsurge article/ interview he looks at an example of a learning space that is designed for 21st century learning. Michael interviews Larry Kearns, an architect responsible for the design of Intrinsic Schools in Chicago.

At the recent ISTE Conference I had a chance to work in a similar style space. We really need to rethink how we provide small and large group instruction with places for individual learning and reflection.]

Michael B. Horn
Columnist

Jun 29, 2015

To maximize the benefits of blended learning, we’ll need to rethink not just the system architecture of schooling, but also the physical architecture of schools themselves. Heather Staker and I tackled this topic in chapter seven of our recent book, Blended, but it is clear that we still need more designers and architects thinking about how schools should change their physical design, clarifying the principles underlying these changes, and illuminating the path to move from today’s egg-crate boxes to designs fit for the future.

Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to connect with Larry Kearns, an architect at Wheeler Kearns Architects, who focuses on projects with ambitious social, economic and environmental goals and worked on the design for Intrinsic Schools in Chicago, a cutting-edge blended-learning school.

What follows is a Q&A addressing the issues raised above. The interview appears in two parts: the first focuses on the design behind Intrinsic Schools. Part Two, which will come next week, will focus on a higher-level discussion about the history and future of school design.

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