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Harriet Stride — The School with Roots

 

Graduation year — 2022

Email — harriet.stride@the-LSA.org

Tutors — Jesper Henriksson & Akari Takebayashi

Location — St Monica’s Primary School, Hoxton, Hackney

Size — 6,715sqm

 

Objective

‘Rewild’ the urban experience of childhood, reintroducing children to the outside world.

 

Motivation

Nature deficiency is harming children’s mental and physical health across the UK, and detaching them from their freedom, imagination and ecological connection.

 

Strategy

Condense the spatial experience of nature to form a new school typology, providing the same adventurous and therapeutic sensations in an everyday urban setting.  Architecturally determined spaces will prompt undetermined, playful activity to enrich the National Curriculum, entangling play and learning as a one continuous condition of childhood.

 

Impact

Re-establish children’s right to play and be wild within the city, nurturing a resilient, independently-minded and ecologically-connected generation to grow up facing the climate crisis.