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TOKYO T-HIGH SCHOOL (unbuilt)
Japanese high schools are planned by administrators. We designed our proposal with the students in mind. After much heated debate with the official in charge, we were dismissed from the job. Our idea was to create a place where students could study on their own rather than in a supervised setting. We also thought classrooms should be arranged in different ways depending on the nature of the class instead of having them all face a blackboard. As the use of computers expands, schools will become more like enormous libraries. We proposed a "learning center", a space much like the reference area in a library where students can study on their own. In this project, students study not just in the classrooms as in conventional schools but in spaces throughout the building. The building is made as low as possible to make it easy for students to use every facility. We conceived the spaces as practical, straightforward spaces much like sculptors' ateliers. They should inspire creativity and permit freedom. We proposed installing architecturalized furniture ("archi-furniture") that would facilitate student activities and be larger than furniture though movable. The point of our proposal was not to divide the facility into so many rooms but to explore the relationship between small spaces, where students can have their own places, and large spaces, which can be freely changed depending on the educational content, and to develop movable "archi-furniture" for controlling those spaces.


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