Architecture: AT 103
In collaboration with: Row Studio, Esrawe Studio, Ariel Rojo Design Studio, Entorno Taller de Paisaje, Cadena + Asoc. Concept Design
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
Compound word derived from the Nahuatl kokone (children) and kali (casa).
Kokokali, the children’s house, achieves an emotional connection between the educational space, its community and its users.
In words of Sir Ken Robinson, the contemporary model of education is teaching people to relinquish their creative capacities at an early age. Therefore we have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model which is based in linearity and conformity and batching people, to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture; we have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process.
When a child starts school, he works with many colors and materials; by his last year of high school, he only has left a couple notebooks and a black- ink pen. Where did the rest go? When did he lose the capacity to be creative? When did the line break? That line, which not only represents the simplest and purest form of expression but also the most dynamic and diverse one; the line—in time—which represents our life and each step ahead of us, which is always out of sight, but we nevertheless imagine at all times.
This school is a line that shall be a life story for each child. Children shall follow this line, which will switch dimensions and become a wall; after it has traveled a certain way, it will in a sense become space—a space to travel through life that will never limit you or restrain you, but will protect you and show you the way.