29 Jun SPARK 2020 06/12: SPARK and the art of knowing nothing
“One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing” –Socrates
We encourage SPARK staff to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes to improve learning, this is not just related to architecture and design as we think the making of cross-connections between industries with a degree of invention is the hallmark of great designers like Achille Castiglioni.
Plato created the Academy in Athens to teach how to think like Socrates. “The Socratic Method” was born, a habit of questioning in the manner of the master who’s life’s philosophy was to find someone who knew more than he did, as though he knew nothing. Asking questions helps draw one’s own conclusions, to think critically of the information learnt and to reassemble it in perhaps a unique way rather than regurgitating it by rote.
SPARK Rochester Park Executive Adult learning centre: outdoor auditorium
It was worrying to read recently in the Economist that educators in Hong Kong are being “encouraged” to strike critical thinking from the curriculum, the basic prerequisite of a child’s education that provides them with the foundation to problem solving in favour of a more robotic form of learning. You could argue that the idea of critical thinking is needed more than ever in this “age of disruption” when the majority of jobs of this fledgling generation will work in have yet to be invented.
The projects illustrated below are places we have designed that hopefully are places that gladden the heart, work well, and shows thought, imagination and dedication in its design to make educational environments that are fun and stimulating to be in. Even if design had no measurable outcomes, students of all ages should have access to good learning environments that stimulate positivity and critical thinking in smart classrooms that take advantage of new technologies to improve learning and progress questioning in the spirit of Socrates.
Shaoxing Primary School
Client: Shaoxing government
Façade studies for Shaoxing primary school
Local culture a source of inspiration
Aerial perspective showing sports hall, outdoor sports field, administrative and classroom blocks
Workshop at Faifah Prachautis
Transformation: combining two shophouses into a community school
Night Perspective, façade and colourful interiors
Transformation: Façade screen to unit two disparate shophouses
Collaborative design process between SPARK, the client and the community
Children and community volunteers at Faifah Prachautis
Section illustrating new “utility stick” and yellow staircase
Pudong Living Room
Client: Kerry Properties
SPARK Kerry on Living room: Parents and kids learn together at this new social space in Pudong, Shanghai.
Conceptual sketch : Enchanted forest
SPARK Kerry on Living room: isometric
SPARK Kerry on Living room: Stadium seating and storage
SPARK Kerry on Living room: a treehouse and fence entrance
SPARK Kerry on Living room: Library and terraced seating
Rochester Park Executive Learning Centre
Client: Perennial Real Estate
Programme distribution in Master plan
Lobby and shared space
Client: ITE West
Aerial perspective, sports facilities and linear court
Concept sketch: classrooms around a central green space
Perspective: water court
Aerial perspective” Street fronting façade and auditorium