The Wonder Years
Posted on July 17, 2013
Sunny Nyssen explores schoolyard architecture and the psyche.
Recently I have wondered: what effect does school architecture have on a student’s psyche? What did it have on mine? For me, education at the high school level was about containment and following rules. My remembered experience is wearing a uniform and being lectured to in drab and banal surrounds — banality that I was almost oblivious to by the end of my high school years. No doubt, the six-hours-per-day, five-days-a-week over six years had an effect on me. I’m sure it succeeded, counter-intuitively, in expanding my imagination.