self-construction workshop, transfroamtion of educational spaces
The project to transform and improve the exterior spaces of the Montseny School has been carried out in two phases. The first was a participatory process (year 2018) where the work was done to diagnose the problems and needs of the entire educational community for the overall design of the different environments in outer space. The second phase (2019) has been focused on the one hand, in the preparation of a technical document of previous studies that serves as a roadmap for a reform of the outer space faithful to the will of the school and on the other hand, in the installation of a game structure built between them.
The participative process of the first phase was divided into three parts: a first diagnostic work with the Fil a l'agulla collective, a second design proposal from the most global transformation to small-scale intervention; and finally a collective construction.
During the diagnosis, we worked to collect all the voices of the community, families, teachers and children, from a gender perspective, to know what cohabitation is in the courtyard: what spaces are the most used, detect inequalities and which ones are the dynamics of relationships between students. The opinion of families was also collected through surveys and observations were made on the yard activities by teachers and facilitators.
The design part was structured in different sessions with two groups, the adult motor group (teachers and families) and the children's motor group. Through different dynamics with plans and models of the courtyard, the main objectives of the transformation and the areas of intervention have been reached. This phase has ended with the production of a base plan with the spaces where to act and some ideas of the proposals for change. The different actions that the project includes are based on three key concepts: accessibility, nature and diversity. The actions respond to the following main objectives: