On the themes of the classroom, the gathering space and the relationship to the context, 3 videos from the CRC-ACME put into debate teams from the 5 competitions organized by LabÉcole for new elementary schools in Quebec. Produced by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence, this set of 3 videos presents excerpts from 3 roundtables recorded in January and February 2021 with design teams of the projects submitted to the 5 competitions organized by Lab-École. These winning projects, finalists or submitted in the first phase of the competitions for the sites of Saguenay, Shefford, Maskinongé, Rimouski and Gatineau in 2020 were presented in the exhibition Devoirs d’architecture at the Centre de design de l’UQAM from September 2020 to February 2021. The pandemic did not allow the general public to discover these 160 projects for new elementary school in Quebec. These debates allow us to take the measure of the richness of the proposals.
Architecture in the primary school environment. Three seminars on new elementary schools in Quebec.
Architecture plays an important role in the education of young people. For example, the spatial configuration of a classroom can strongly influence the diversity of educational approaches. These themes were discussed during this round table with the teams of the 5 competitions organized by LabÉcole.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CLASSROOM
The round table on the theme of The Classroom and Collaborative Spaces presents different physical and spatial devices imagined by Quebec architects to rethink spaces dedicated to teaching and learning.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE GATHERING SPACE
The round table on the theme of The Gathering Space presents a few variations and the dilemmas faced by the design teams become evident. Between spaces dedicated to very specific activities and “all-purpose spaces”, architects must harmonize proposals. The versatility of spatial devices has its qualities, but it can quickly demonstrate its limitations.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE SCHOOL AND ITS CONTEXT
The roundtable on the theme of The School and its Context shows that a standard cannot satisfy the complexity and richness of a given site, and even more so that architectural programs need to be always adapted to their context.