Diverse Horizons – Reconfiguring Government Schools in India: Ashish DALAL

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela    

In a country like India with a large population and rich cultural heritage, how does one picture a School where this co-existence and diversity permeates into a way of life? This constant question is what slowly started to take form into a design proposal. Looking back, ancient educational system in India included spaces for active public interaction leading to layers of interconnected gain which in turn formed a sense of ownership within the community. It incorporated spaces such as open arenas, cultivation lands and collaborative workshops that could be utilised for the needs of the immediate community around the vernacular concept of the ‘GURUKUL’.

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