|Monday, June 22|
In Canada, as in other countries, schools built in response to the post-war baby boom have reached the end of their first life cycle. Poor air quality, deteriorating buildings or demands for additional space all point to the need to renovate these older schools to make them more sustainable. There is a need not only to repair these schools, but also to adapt them to social and educational realities for which they were not originally designed, in order to support students' educational success and the well-being of all. Several initiatives - regional, provincial or national - have been established in different countries to guide decision-making with scientific evidence and an in-depth knowledge of school buildings in place. This intensive session will focus on research and knowledge transfer through innovative processes mandated by various government authorities to architectural researchers from three countries to inform the modernization of primary and secondary schools. In addition to IAPS delegates, close to 75 key actors and decision-makers involved in Quebec the ongoing school renovation process in Quebec at different levels of governance have been convened to this event, including members the minister of Education office. The program is organized in two sessions of 90 minutes each, with generous exchange periods with the audience reserved at the end of each session (in French and English). The first session reports on the Portugal national secondary school renovation program which is now completed and evaluated. Two professors-researchers from Lisbon, Teresa V. Heitor (architect) and Luisa Veloso (sociologist), will present the planning and outcome of the high school renovation program. The second session will focus on ongoing elementary school renovation programs, first, the one in the Brussels metro area, second, the one in the province of Quebec. Marina Berbal from the firm "+ ReseARCH" in Brussels will present the process put together to produce user-friendly guidelines to inform the renovation of elementary schools, as well as discuss its application to this date. Carole Després, professor of architecture from the research consortium Schola will present The ABCs of School Renovation produced for the ministry of Education. In reporting on major school renewal processes, each of which involving research and the participation of concerned communities, researchers will be invited to share some lessons of wisdom from their experiences.
"My school, a quality space": A guide on quality spaces for ordinary basic education schools in the Brussels-Capital Region, Brussels (BE)
* Marina Berbel, +reseARCH, Belgium
In this session, we will go through the different stages of the elaboration of the guide "My school, a quality space". This guide is a design aid tool developed by the Service École de perspective.brussels, commissioned by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region to work on the issue of the quality of school infrastructures. The document provides a common reference framework that supports dialogue between the actors of the school context in Brussels in order to guide interventions and investments and to promote the transition to action. The main objective of the session is to give a panoramic overview of a complex analytical framework in order to have more tools to better identify opportunities and areas for improvement in the school context. The guide "My school, a quality space" and the study that preceded it will be the guiding thread throughout the presentation. The presentation will be illustrated with a series of exemplary Brussels schools in each theme. A digital version of the guide can be downloaded at: https://perspective.brussels/sites/default/files/documents/mon_ecole_un_espace_qualite_0.pdf Biographical note Marina Berbal is an architect and urban planner (ETSAB, UPC and TU Delft) with 10 years of professional experience in sustainable architecture (in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain), particularly in the context of school projects (primary schools, nursery schools, higher conservatory of music, etc.) and public facilities as well as in the renovation of heritage buildings (Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, UNESCO). In 2016, together with Maruxa Touceda, she founded the Brussels-based architecture firm +reseARCH which combines professional practice with academic research, with a special focus on the development of decision support tools around the sustainability of renovation life cycle. + reseARCH prioritizes reflection on existing buildings: renovation, reconversion, reorganization, redevelopment for updating to current and, above all, future needs. Among their studies and publications are the guide "My school, a quality space" (Perspective.Brussels, 2018) and the inspirational guide for classroom design and school construction ("INSPIRATIEGIDS voor klasinrichting en scholenbouw", Acco, 2019).
The ABCs of School Renewal. Guidelines for renovating Quebec's public schools to support educational success
* Carole Després, École d'architecture, Université Laval, Canada