In the Center for Architecture’s double height gallery space, a grid of traditional school desks hang above a new, more flexible interpretation by Steelcase. There are also listening stations where visitors can hear the voices of 21st-century thinkers such as Katie Salen, James Paul Gee, and Howard Gardner, juxtaposed with key 20th century progressive educators whose contributions are listed behind.
Edgeless Schools takes into consideration how best to educate digital natives. “All these kids are growing up knowing they can access at a very young age the information of the world on a hand held device,” Mellin says. “What does that mean in terms of formal education? One thing that is agreed upon is that while no one knows how this will be played out, there is a great emphasis on flexibility, and being able to use spaces in a variety of ways.” Photo courtesy the Center for Architecture.