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Vertical Schools to feature at Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017

With the recent approval of the Victorian Government of a $43 million Richmond Vertical Secondary School project in Melbourne, construction of vertical schools is proliferating across the country.

Benefits of vertical schools range from the ability of students to access a greater variety of facilities and proximity near transport networks, as well as an increased capacity for a high concentration of students.

This comes off the back of the recognition of the South Melbourne Primary School project, currently underway on Ferrars Street, awarded the Future Project of the Year Award at the 2016 World Architecture Festival in Berlin.

The vertical government primary school is set to accommodate up to 525 students upon completion. The Fishermans Bend community will also see integrated community facilities on site including a community learning centre. It is the first vertical school in Victoria but mirrors trends taking off across the country.

Among other vertical campuses on the horizon around Australia, a vertical school has already been completed in Perth’s CBD and the NSW government has committed to four new vertical schools.

While vertical schools have long been a feature internationally, they challenge traditional models of learning and education in Australia. Looking towards the future of integration between learning environments and high-rise urban construction, the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017 will feature an in-depth exploration of the issue.

Education Specialist Peter Lippman will interrogate the issue of whether vertical schools are merely a passing trend or rather a representation of a greater paradigm shift in the Australian context.

With a career based in researching, writing about, designing and creating activity-based learning environments for the future, Mr Lippman is the founder of Places Created for Learning, an evidence-based design practice. PCL specialises in creating activity-based learning environments, consulting with schools and design firms nationally and internationally.

Mr Lippman will examine the key educational affordances and constraints for building vertical schools. Finally, the Summit will highlight key lessons learned historically and internationally from vertical high-rise schools.

Urban Melbourne is a media partner of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017.

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