Two great community centers by FP Arquitectura in Columbia show a well integrated resolution to the kind of issues we face here at Integrus in designing public schools- how to skillfully weave together community use and education. Added to this a commitment to bring programs to develop skills for youth in the poorest communities.
Our JUST ONE THING this week is community use. Part of a program to build 80 such facilities in the Medellin region of Columbia, each educational park is conceived as “a public space for the gathering of the citizens in the 21st century. An open space for the whole community…public education of quality, science, technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and culture, … that allow combating social inequalities, violence and the culture of illegality.”
Each project combines very well developed, connected open public spaces with classrooms and meeting rooms, making them well connected to the communities they serve. There is a welcoming presence that provides an array of public amenities with enough open space that also allows spontaneous uses within each community.
In Venecia, four very well daylit multiple use spaces open out into the well articulated outdoor spaces in the courtyard that looks like a natural gathering place for kids outside of school..
The Uramita project provides a large, shaded two level plaza that can be used for many community functions.