School without classrooms | Berlin: alla ricerca di idee per un nuovo concetto di classe

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iscrizione entro il 29 giugno 2017 | consegna entro il 30 giugno 2017

Archasm lancia un concorso di idee per la creazione di una scuola media per ragazzi con età compresa tra i 5 e i 12 anni che nega completamente le idee contemporanee di banco, sedia e lavagna e regolarizza la tipologia costruttiva della scuola.

La competizione intende radicalizzare il sistema scolastico attraverso l'architettura non soltanto in termini di miglioramento della qualità dell'ambiente di studio, ma ammodernando il sistema, rompendo tutte le divisioni fisiche e metaforiche della classe e creando un nuovo unico sistema scuola.

I partecipanti dovranno proporre idee per creare un ambiente costruito divertente per una scuola che comprende i bisogni individuali di ciascun ragazzo e che crea nuovi spazi pedagogici frutto di un design basato sui bisogni umani e sulla necessità di interagire e usare quegli spazi stessi.

We seem to have forgotten that schools are the real 'Temples of Innovation' that shape children of the future. Schools are supposed to be 'fun' places that inspire wonder, creativity and innovation through the teaching and learning. Schools should offer welcoming environments that instil in us confidence to pursue our dreams and interests. Pedagogy i.e. the art of teaching faces a real test in today's times for it has remained very stagnant and rigid in its discourse. Innovation in methods and practices of education has been slow and very limited. In most of the countries, schools have adopted a very general, mechanical and theoretical system of education that minutely focuses on problem solving, practical and experimental methods and most importantly, personal interests of children. Schooling environment, since the industrial revolution has done very less to revamp their gloomy, colourless, isolating and lifeless spaces.

The competition seeks the creation of a middle school (age group 5-12) that completely negates the present day 'bench-table-chalkboard' idea of a classroom and a regularized building typology of a school. The competition seeks to radicalize the school system through architecture not only in terms of improving the quality of study environment but revamping the system and breaking all the physical and metaphorical class divisions into an entirely new school system. The competition seeks ideas from participants to create a fun built environment for a middle school that understands the individual needs of each child yet being very collaborative in nature. The school should strive to create a new pedagogical space that emphasizes on people-oriented design in behavioral terms as they interact and use spaces.

Berlin is the 21st century contemporary world's ideal capital. The city left its torrid history behind to quickly grow and cement itself into the intellectual and cultural core of the world. Berlin is the epicenter of any new movement that starts to demolish the old world order. The site for the competition is located in Templehof, Berlin and aims to create an exemplary prototype for all the new world schooling systems to follow.


  • Early Registration: From 1st April 2017 to 31st May 2017
    For Indian nationals: INR 1500 (per team)
    For Foreign nationals: EUR 60 (per team)
  • Standard Registration: From 1st June 2017 to 29th June 2017
    For Indian nationals: INR 1800 (per team)
    For Foreign nationals: EUR 80 (per team)

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website

Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students. Send us the required details at to avail the offer.


Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:

  • First prize: INR 1,00,000 + Certificate
  • Second prize: INR 60,000 + Certificate
  • Third prize: INR 40,000 + Certificate
  • 10 Honorable mentions

Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm's website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.


  • Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st April 2016
  • Early Registration ends: 31st May 2017
  • Standard Registration starts: 1st June 2017
  • Deadline for Questions: 10th June 2017
  • Standard Registration ends: 29th June 2017
  • Closing day for Submissions 30th June 2017
  • Announcement of Winners: 24th July 2017

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