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The right to adequate education is nowadays considered an accepted fact. Our society expects however, with less funds, better results. Not only in the quantity of students that have to be prepared to a (higher) minimum educational level, but also the quality of the courses has to be up to the expectations of society in general and the business community in particular.

Cultural, social and technological changes of our society guide the necessity to change the theoretical and practical approach of education. The last two decades especially the O.E.C.D. has intensively been promoting these new approaches. Learning how to learn, team work and life long learning are the new philosophies.

Local traditions, climate but especially the level of economic and political  development dictate the course of educational architecture.

The school building is the first collective  building that our children experience in depth. It is important for the development of their awareness of spaces and for the process of socialization. Considering that the average school buildings last over 50 years, its impact on the future of our educational system and its flexibility to adapt to changes is of the utmost importance. Furthermore due to budget constraints educational facilities must be combined with other public services, like sports, apprenticeships to the benefit of the neighborhood and cultural activities.

All these aspects require a considerable different design for the educational building complex (village) compared
to the barracks of the recent past. A combined effort as such is needed of educators, organizational experts,
architects, engineers and contractors to develop tomorrow's educational institutions.