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Modular eco-class: an approach towards a sustainable innovative learning environment in Egypt

By Ahmed Elseragy, Amira Elnokaly and Mohamed Gabr


Today, Egypt suffers from deterioration of education quality as a result of\ud deficient learning spaces, insufficient governmental expenditure and funding, and lack of\ud proper research in education developmental strategies. Additionally, 21st century learning\ud requires innovative spaces that connect school, home, and community. Therefore, new learning\ud spaces should increase flexibility, support hands-on and outside-class learning activities in\ud order to motivate learners. Furthermore, they intend to encourage extra-curricular activities\ud beyond conventional learning times. Undoubtedly, comfortable, safe and creative learning\ud spaces can inspire and motivate users, while ugly/unsafe spaces can depress. Therefore, welldesigned\ud learning spaces are able to support creative, productive and efficient learning\ud processes on one hand. On the other hand, ecological design measures became an increasingly\ud major keystone for modern sustainable learning-spaces. Thus, learning-spaces’ design process,\ud form, components, materials, features, and energy-saving technologies can yield well-educated,\ud environmentally-literate, energy-conscious, and innovative future-generations.\ud This paper represents a preliminary phase of an ongoing research project that aims to create\ud a framework for an Innovative Sustainable Learning Environment (ISLE) in developing\ud countries, the Middle East region, and Egypt in particular. This project aims at encouraging\ud constructive relationships between users, buildings, ecosystems and to improve quality of\ud learning through intelligent and ecologically well designed learning-spaces. The paper\ud proposes the concept of modular Eco-Class as a framework of learning spaces and a stepforward\ud in the direction of ISLE. Moreover, this Eco-Class aims to educate and provide\ud balance between building’s environmental sensitivity, high performance, initial cost, and\ud lifecycle costs without harming the surrounding ecology. The Eco-Class not only intends to\ud promote a positive environmental impact to improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency, it\ud also provides on its own an environment that educates learners and elevates environmentalawareness\ud between future generations. Finally, the study and the ongoing research project of\ud Eco-Class aim to provide validated design-guidelines for sustainable educational buildings, and\ud to achieve the optimum innovative and sustainable learning environment in Egypt for effective\ud and creative future-generation learners, parents, staff, and communities

Topics: K100 Architecture, K130 Architectural Technology
Year: 2009
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