ROAR releases design white paper on schools
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)