The school of the future, participatory and sustainable. The guidelines

The recovery, development and growth of a country cannot be separated from the proper functioning of the education sector. For this PNRR includes one action plan under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education in connection with a project called Futura – The school for tomorrow’s Italy. That Guidelines for the proper design of the school building heritage was presented yesterday at the Milan Triennial with the participation of Minister of Education Bianchi.Design of the school of the future: the guidelines presented at the Triennial


The conference was attended by, in addition to the Minister of Education Patrizio Bianchi, some members of the group responsible for the preparation and editing of the document: Arch. Stefano Boeri, Andrea Gavosto, Director of the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation, Arch. Cino Zucchi and Arch. Luisa Ingaramo, Company of San Paolo.-

“A new way of thinking about school buildings leads to a new way of making a school. The document outlines principles that govern the design and construction of new schools, but also the behavior of those who live there, female students, students, school staff, families and communities. – declared Minister Bianchi -. I thank all the members of the working group for their contribution: an important act of courtesy. PNRR is a collective action for the present and the future of the new generations. After weeks of work, I can also announce that we have increased the resources available for the offer, from the originally expected 800 million. to about 1.17 billion.

Futura – The school for tomorrow’s Italy

Futura – The school for tomorrow’s Italy utilizes national and European resources to create one innovative, sustainable, safe and inclusive school modeland aims to create a new education system that involves not only students and teachers, but the entire neighboring community.

Guarantee the right to education and develop one new education modelbased on digital skills, on the participation and involvement of all 5 senses, allows useful and necessary tools to meet the challenges of the future and breaks down all types of barriers by welcoming ethnic, cognitive and cultural differences, not only for personal enrichment but also for the country’s strategic growth.

Why should the school be rethought?

Rethinking school it is a functional action not only for students and teachers but for society as a whole. To act at school means to perform a civic act that looks to the future f define the development of our country in the coming decades. The question to ask is therefore: what does the school and the community need?

Across PNRR that school building park will be the main character in one widespread renewal which has no side in recent Italian experience.

The design and construction of school buildings is defined using a decalogue presented yesterday during a press conference held at the Milan Triennial, which will lead to the creation of efficient and functional buildings and learning environmentssuitable for accommodating new methods, new experiences and new values.

The guidelines for planning the school of the future

That Guidelines presented at the Triennial is the result of the precious work of some great architects and forms the basis of the design competition for the new schools planned by PNRR with the aim of creating a new school not only from a teaching point of view, but also from an architecture, space and interior design.

The guide is called “Designer, builds and lives in the school” and provides useful information to the planners who will be involved in the construction of the schools of the future, starting with those funded thanks to the resources of the National Recovery and Resistance Plan.

The guidelines define:

  • A quality schoolcharacterized by an integrated architecture that allows everyone to recognize its civic role in the territory and by an ability to mutually adapt between the container and the spaces:
  • A school with low consumptionwhich minimizes the environmental impact and requires limited maintenance needs, which promotes the achievement of national energy conversion targets;
  • A sustainable schoolbuilt with eco-compatible materials, locally sourced or recycled, and able to last over time without losing its effectiveness;
  • An open schoolthrough the design of permeable and inviting spaces also for the community that will be able to use them after school;
  • A school between inside and outsidebased on the concept of porosity, where outdoor spaces, such as patios, terraces, hanging gardens, become training environments;
  • A school to learn betterwhere the classroom is the focal point of a flexible system capable of hosting different configurations and expanding into neighboring spaces, depending on the needs of the teaching;
  • A school for those who work therealso sensitive to the needs of teachers, where staff environments are reconsidered as resources for pedagogical action and favor co-planning;
  • A school for the five sensesaimed at promoting learning that consciously involves the body and movement and that is sensitive to various cognitive modalities and abilities;
  • An equipped schoolwhere the device can be made functional according to different needs from time to time;
  • A connected schoolwith new technologies in all environments, stable, fast, secure, protected and widespread.

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