IUAD Academy addresses the issue of space for children. It must be flexible, transformable and attractive

A new research theme proposed by Accademia IUAD entitled Design for Children: Between Education Spaces and New Living Scenarios aims to explore new horizons in the creation of stimulating environments that are adaptable to children's needs in order to foster meaningful and engaging learning.

New scenarios for educational spaces: rethinking the school concept

The IUAD Academy's approach is clearly expressed in the research theme proposed by lecturer Ornella Formati and developed within the Design III Course of the three-year Interior Design and Architecture Course, where students immerse themselves in concrete design projects aimed at creating new sales scenarios and product lines. In particular, the course addresses a delicate but fundamental area of research. The school is no longer just a place to provide a service, but a social catalyst and a centre where urban life actively participates in knowledge. Designers, educators, psychologists and pedagogues are called upon to interpret the needs of children to create environments that foster their growth and awareness of their future.

An approach centred on play and interaction

The design theme "Design for Children: between education spaces and new living scenarios" stems from a fundamental reflection: rethinking the classroom as a space that can be transformed and adapted to different educational activities. Instead of focusing exclusively on functionality, the projects proposed in the Design III course seek to interpret the real needs of children, adapting each time to different educational requirements and thus improving the quality of learning.

Flexibility at the centre

A key parameter in the design of furniture elements is flexibility. The proposed furniture lines are designed to reconfigure the space and create a direct interaction between the child and its environment. This allows the child to personalise the furniture elements through play, adapting them to his or her specific needs and stimulating learning that involves the body and all sensory channels. This approach is inspired by Montessori pedagogy, which places the child at the centre of the project and accompanies him in discovering the world around him. The products selected and shown below are mainly intended for spaces that welcome children from Nursery School and Primary School.

Future-oriented design

In addition to applied teaching methodology and continuous experimentation, the Academy is also dedicated to scientific research to understand and reinterpret issues ranging from architecture to design and product communication. The main objective is to train professionals capable of anticipating consumer needs, using new materials, cutting-edge technologies and promoting environmental sustainability.

The school concept by design

The Design III course at the IUAD Academy aims to open up new avenues in the design of educational spaces, enabling future designers to create environments that are true places of learning and growth. Through innovation, flexibility and interaction, the IUAD Academy is helping to redefine the very concept of school, making it a place where children can explore their potential.

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