Educational environments and schools have been designed from ages in India. From Grukuls, to Monasteries, to the present times the concept of educational environments (Schools / Institutes) has remained same. We have the very first Institute built in India (Nalanda University).

The first university classroom in the world.

The first university classroom in the world.

 

In India, education has undergone a sequence of changes at many levels over the many centuries of development in the sub continent. Knowledge has been a very important force in the life of human beings, playing an important role in the development of human civilization. Every child goes though the experience of schooling and it has some influence on his life. I realized that though the institution of school is the same for all but, still there are differences between institutions and style of education. Various factors are responsible for this but the main factors are the environment and the way of learning. This environment is related to physical space, and way of learning is related to why they learn and how they learn. It is a built factor of our civilization. Still student’s entire development is unnoticed in our modern culture. Today, the schools and colleges are serving the information of modern knowledge. The architecture itself reflects the ideology of those institutions. Common for all, the environment is built in a formal way, all the classrooms, library, workshops, administration have organized in C, E, I, L, or U shape building. Such institutions are becoming more and more universal.

The text books of international schools talk about the environment of educational institution. Today, learning methods and curriculum are becoming more and more universal all over the world. The required space are more or less very specified and organized. Still all international schools are not same; we can find differences in the overall built form. It is not just a material deference but it may differ by the regional influence. It also gives the individual identity with making it universal.

By learning our origins deeply we can understand the relationship between the building and its users.