ROAR re­leases de­sign white pa­per on schools

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A re­port by Dubai-based in­te­rior de­sign firm ROAR looks at how the de­sign of schools could be over­hauled in the wake of the pan­demic.

A to­tal of 135 re­spected ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als were sur­veyed for the new re­port, ti­tled 'Seven Per­spec­tives: How COVID-19 Will Trans­form the De­sign of Ed­u­ca­tion Spa­ces.'

Long-term changes in­cluded a shift away from the tra­di­tional class­room to cowork­ing spa­ces, with pri­or­ity to those not avail­able dur­ing home-school­ing, like such as gyms and science lab­o­ra­to­ries.

De­sign pri­or­i­ties in the short term are to re­duce the 'den­sity' of chil­dren in each space and the re­port notes that some schools have al­ready be­gun re-pur­pos­ing sports halls, can­teens and cor­ri­dors into makeshift learn­ing spa­ces.

Re­in­forc­ing of so­cial dis­tanc­ing could come through graphic on floors and walls. New el­e­ments in­cludes touch­less toi­lets; anti-mi­cro­bial ma­te­ri­als for desks and door han­dles and HEPA air fil­ters.

UAE schools are yet to re-open (file pic)

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