Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Somebody values education

Posted in education by ruthslavid on October 9, 2010

I listened to Robin Lustig’s report on the radio last night about how Medellin in Colombia had become a much safer place, as the drug barons were driven out. How did they do it? One of the big drivers was education, and he cited the construction of  a new modernist school in one of the poorest areas.

It might not be my choice of architecture, and the policeman is a little worrying, but the argument was that the school became a beacon for the neighbourhood, that children felt valued, and that older learners who had had their education disrupted were returning to catch up. One former drug dealer was now teaching algebra.

Eat your heart out Michael Gove.

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  1. bredstik said, on October 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    That is an *ugly* building, but I’m assuming they were going for durability/longevity over aesthetics. The outside seems more “school-like”. Hope it has air conditioning or some skylights or something to make it …less stifling?. Why is it on stilts? Flooding concerns?


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