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.

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.

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.

  • Panelists

    Étienne Bernier, Christian Bisson, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Andréanne Dumont, Jérôme Duval, Bechara Helal, Sergio Morales, Alexandra Paré, Hubert Pelletier, Nathaniel Proulx Joannisse

  • Special thanks to

    Bechara Helal

  • Organization

    Jean-Pierre Chupin et Alexandra Paré

  • Video editing

    Julien Bouthillier

  • The organizers thank the three main partners of the exhibition

    Lab-École, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle

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.

  • Panelists

    Randy Cohen, Katarina Cernacek, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Virginie LaSalle, Marie-Hélène Nollet, Alexandra Paré, Charles Laurence Proulx, Geneviève Riopel

  • Special thanks to

    Virginie LaSalle

  • Organization

    Jean-Pierre Chupin et Alexandra Paré

  • Video editing

    Julien Bouthillier

  • The organizers thank the three main partners of the exhibition

    Lab-École, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle

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.

  • Panelists

    Philippe Ashby, Martin Brière, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Thomas-Bernard Kenniff, Guillaume Marcoux, Catherine Milanese, Lucie Paquet, Jessy Paquet-Methot, Alexandra Paré

  • Special thanks to

    Thomas-Bernard Kenniff

  • Organization

    Jean-Pierre Chupin et Alexandra Paré

  • Video editing

    Julien Bouthillier

  • The organizers thank the three main partners of the exhibition

    Lab-École, Centre de design de l’UQAM, Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle