An aesthetic movement from “class transformation” to “educational system reform” pioneered by Taiwanese designers

TAIPEI, June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “Design Movement on Campus” is a collaboration between the Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI) and the Ministry of Education (MOE), with the aim of helping high schools/vocational high schools, colleges and elementary schools across the country to select professional design teams to transform the school campus together, and innovate educational thinking and solutions through design thinking to reconsider the meaning of educational sites. Since the launch of “Design Movement on Campus 1.0” in 2019, the project has transformed 55 schools into aesthetic demonstration schools over the past three years and won major international and national design awards, such as from Japan Good Design Award and germany iF and German Design Awards.

Top: Zhongxiao Elementary School before and after the transformation Bottom: Nanhe Elementary School before and after the transformation

This year, “Design Movement on Campus 3.0” is working with 25 schools and selecting 21 design teams to enter teaching sites and execute the transformation task. The design teams not only carry out the spatial transformation of various themed classrooms, such as the music class, the art class or the carpentry class, but also carry out functional and environmental experiments in different areas of the campus, such as the cafeteria, the signaling system and the outdoor multifunctional area. .

Zhongxiao Elementary School in Taichung originally had insufficient space in the food and agriculture classroom. Teachers and students had to move furniture down the hall for lessons, and the storage and planning of food ingredients was also less than ideal. The design team, “Office AAA”, introduces situational design imagination through the service design flow, and greatly expands the classroom space by exposing some kitchen furniture, connecting the outdoor space through large window frames and creating various arrangements of desks and chairs. , allowing teachers and students to use the classroom with greater flexibility. It is one of the best case of classrooms with organic units created by the flow of service design.

Nanhe Elementary School in Miaoli County, on the other hand, raised a design need the design teams had never encountered – the renovation of the chicken coop. Originally, there was no clear boundary between the chicken coop and the leaf composting area, which made it difficult to use the chicken coop as a site for education. “Whispace Studio” uses a smooth, winding white metal fence to create an “Ω”-shaped ecological food and farming site under the Taiwanese oak, connecting and creating an uninterrupted flow of traffic from the chicken coop, the tree, food and agricultural garden, and composting space. Each hen has its own name tag and egg tray, introducing lifelong education into student learning; teachers and students can also closely observe the behavior and life of the hens. In addition, the project creates an educational site on ecology, food and agriculture where teachers, students and citizens of the community can grow and learn with the hens.

To make this wonderful project seen and joined by more people, “Design Movement on Campus 3.0” launched the online exhibition “Design Movement on Campus” (website:, by overcoming the barriers of space and distance. present all the achievements of the project over the past three years; Also, by continuously accumulating cases over the years, the project hopes to provide an open platform for learning about aesthetic transformation, calling for more professionals to Taiwan educational sites, designers and businesses to join the project and provide design ideas and resources, laying a solid foundation of aesthetics in the education environment for Taiwan future generations.

SOURCE Taiwan Design Research Institute