Modular Design: Innovative Learning Environments
The 8th Annual Modular Construction & Prefabrication Australia Conference was held on the 23rd and 24th of August 2017. Over the two days a range of experts in the field spoke about the future of modular construction and the benefits of prefabrication and their applications in the design, architecture and construction fields.
NBRSARCHITECTURE Director, Andrew Duffin, spoke on the second day of the conference. His presentation ‘Modular Design Innovative Learning Environments’ discussed how modular can support new agile learning spaces. Through understanding not only the way the education landscape of Australia has changed but also the way in which our population is changing allows unique insight into the way we should be designing environments for our future.
First touching on the last population boom of the 1960s, the landscape of the ‘baby boomers’ school yard was vastly different to a contemporary campus. The introduction of demountable classrooms to the educational sphere allowed for schools to expand with the growing population but also fundamentally changed the landscape of Australian schools.
By transitioning thinking from semi-permanent demountable classrooms to a modular system of master planning we also give the schools a sense to grow and shift with their demographic and students changes.
The future is modular, not only due to the versatility of the design but also due to the efficiency and financial integrity of this alternative method. Due to the prefabrication element and standardisation the overall process from design to construction can be around 50% shorter due to streamlined processes.
We thank the Annual Modular Construction & Prefabrication Conference & IQPC for having us and organising this engaging and educational event.