This School In India Will Teach Students How To Be Happy

This School In India Will Teach Students How To Be Happy
Design

The Riverbend School wants to emphasize life lessons before enforcing a typical academic curriculum

Ivanha Paz
  • 5 march 2018

A newly designed school with an innovative concept of what constitutes learning and a different set of skill priorities will be coming soon to rural India, near Chenai. The Riverbend School, designed by the architecture studio Kurani, will emphasize teaching students how to be happy rather than simply enforcing a typical academic curriculum. The campus will be surrounded by farmland and set close to the ocean.

“According to the school’s founders at the SPI Incubator, great lives and great achievements are built on personal happiness and emotional intelligence—both of which are overlooked in traditional education,” reads Kurani’s project description. When coming up with the architectural design, Kurani was inspired by the longest-running happiness study, published by Harvard University, which found that the key to happiness lies in healthy relationships. As Kurani described in its website, “Personal relationships, anthropologists have found, are strongest in villages. So, to help students build the relationships that are key to happiness, we designed the campus like a village.” The school will hold up to 400 students and every aspect of it will encourage socializing, from intimate walkways and outdoor pavilions to traditional courtyard housing.

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Farming will also be a big part of Riverbend. To develop empathy, students will be in charge of taking care of small animals like goats and chickens as well as tending to vegetables. The campus will also have a meditation deck and lake, pavilions, a zen garden and a Center for Education Excellence, where researchers will monitor the effectiveness of this unconventional approach to education. The institution will be a weekly boarding school built in the traditional Hakka Tulou style (rural Chinese dwellings created between the 12th and 20th centuries.) Construction will start later this year.

Kurani

A newly designed school with an innovative concept of what constitutes learning and a different set of skill priorities will be coming soon to rural India, near Chenai. The Riverbend School, designed by the architecture studio Kurani, will emphasize teaching students how to be happy rather than simply enforcing a typical academic curriculum. The campus will be surrounded by farmland and set close to the ocean.

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+india
+sport & fitness
+wellness

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