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Architecture for Pedagogy and Urban Renewal: Designing the Future 

Andrew Cortese, Partner


Domains: Learning, Toolbox, Context

Course Level: Expert

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A706

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 11:30 am


The integrated redevelopment of Arthur Phillip High School and Parramatta Public School is a paradigm setting education and urban renewal project for the state of New South Wales and Australia. At seventeen stories, it will be the state's first truly vertical high-rise school and a spatial prototype for future-focused learning pedagogies. The project is an instrument for learning, for community engagement and services, and which establishes a contiguous public realm within the CBD. It introduces a wholly new building typology; six unique stacked learning communities or 'homebases', designed from a repetitive spatial module and providing maximum flexibility and re-configurability. The design also incorporates formal and informal project based & STEAM learning spaces intersecting at base and middle and circumscribed by outdoor learning spaces. Its unique typology also prioritises environmental performance and sustainability within an expressed prefabricated steel frame and modular services. Our presentation will demonstrate how the building will also function as a piece of social infrastructure, servicing one of Sydney's most socially and ethnically diverse populations. In this way, it is a vital part of the urban renewal of Parramatta, offering an expansive, landscaped open space with retained heritage fabric and recreational, learning and hospitality facilities, Combined, these facilities will establish a new community of learning for the future.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. How vertical high schools contribute to urban renewal 
  2. Embedding project based, future learning models within building design
  3. Understanding the 'homebase' building typology & flexible learning spaces
  4. Environmental performance & sustainability within vertical schools