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AARO Education Environments

AARO Education Environments

Within the Education Environments programme the Fund is supporting research into the emergence of the recent surge in Regional Community Colleges (ROCs) and into learning environments for manufacturing industry and trades. A second line of research concerns the interaction between the changes in vocational training for youngsters in relation to their surroundings. The pivotal question here is to what extent practices from the creative industries might contribute to thinking about the significance of creativity in vocational education and the requirements that the educational environment ought to comply with. The goal is to improve the quality of the learning and living environment by involving designers.

Open Calls are used to put specific issues on the agenda and bring together multidisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners and landscape architects to carry out research into a topical assignment. Creative Industries Fund NL supervises the teams, initiates collaborations, organizes meetings for the interchange of expertise, experience and the presentation of results.

Two Open Calls have been issued within this programme:

Onderwijsomgeving voor uitvinders, denkers en doeners – Education environments for inventors, thinkers and doers (2014) (in Dutch)
Open Oproep Onderwijsomgeving – Open Call: Education Environments (2014) (in Dutch)

The two Open Calls resulted in the following projects: (All project descriptions are in Dutch)

Je eigen gang gaan – Going your own way
School Around
Werkplaats Centraal – The Workshop as Crux
Playgrounds & Building conversation
Hack the Brain
Teacher Maker Camp
De Ambachtsschool Revisited – The Technical School Revisited]
The New School Collective
De Mediawerf – The Media Wharf
Makersschool – College of Creatives
Stad als school – City as college
Flex Test ROC
Ruimtelijke strategieën voor een zelfbewust beroepsonderwijs – Spatial strategies for self-confident vocational training

sharing knowledge

publication (in Dutch): All the information about the selected projects, selection procedure and meetings organized within the Education Environments programme has been compiled in the Voortgangsrapportage AARO programma’s OCW (Progress report on OCW’s AARO programmes).

website (in Dutch): The Fund shares all the expertise, research and experiences that are amassed within the supported projects on its Education website.

Action Agenda
The Action Agenda for Spatial Design 2017-2020 is the successor of the AARO policy 2013-2016 and to what was formerly known as the ‘national architecture policy’. The crux of this agenda formulated by the Dutch Ministries of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and of Infranstructure and the Environment (IenM) is to strengthen the social position and quality of design at regional and local levels in the Netherlands. Creative Industries Fund NL is involved with three programmes: Innovative Forms of Commissioning, Healthcare Accommodation and Education Environments.

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