- Lisa Toms
Children's Meditation Facilitator and artist,
Transferable Modular School Design
Under Accommodation Review Committees (ARC) in N. America, there is a pandemic in that schools are being shut down due to school board accounting + economics, low and projected low populations, amalgamated to larger populated schools and re-built for 15M+ only to be targeted to close 10 years down the road due to low projected numbers again.
An idea that would step us into and flex with the unknown of this 21st century and where education will be going is Transferable Modular Schools.
A main hub to accommodate every school: library/resource, administration office(s), bathrooms, gymnasium, staff room and then with a common corridor surrounding this 'pie-shaped' or flowing design allowing modular classrooms to connect to the corridor (Think Lego meets octopus). Each hub will then have enough modular classrooms connected to satisfy the current school population and when it is determined that numbers are low then the modular classroom is removed and delivered to another school with like system for their population growth. If that school needs more or less they add on or remove. The school board that implements this innovative system continues to work economically and maintains a current line of tightening their bottom line. No more bricks and mortar buildings but a system that flexes with the school community population, will not break down a community due to a school closure, allows for local business to support the modular design and encourages sustainability for education and environment. A second life for this design if it reaches that point could be for nursing homes or short term job-sites. Please offer any thoughts or ideas.