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Do classrooms and a playground suffice for the needs of a school? Why can we find such diverse designs in the schools of Hong Kong? In fact, like any other architecture, schools have to keep pace with time and education needs by way of constant evolution. This evolution records a school’s progress in improving its learning environment for students. The millennium schools commonly seen in new housing estates today are examples of such multiple evolution of an educational space.
Using interesting animations, valuable photographs and onsite filming, this video made by Jockey Club “How Memory Sticks” Arts Education Programme: “Series on the Memory of Educational Space: Memory of Rooftop to Millennium Educational Spaces” reviews the various educational spaces developed in different periods in post-war Hong Kong, including “rooftop” schools on resettlement buildings during the 1950s, “annexe” schools in public housing estates during the 1960s, “matchbox” schools located outside public housing estates during the 1970s, "standard-design" schools and “interlocking” schools which emerged during the 1980s after the implementation of “Nine-Year Free Education”, and finally, millennium schools built at the end of 1990s to foster the use of information technology in education.
Want to learn more about the unique features of these six types of educational space? Click the link below to enjoy the video (in Cantonese):
For more details, you can visit Jockey Club “How Memory Sticks” Arts Education Programme: