Learning Spaces

Learning in Motion

The Frederiksbjerg School in Aarhus, Denmark is built for play: an experimental, standout innovative desisgn to create active learning spaces. In this school, walking is the least common form of movement. Aaron Hathaway explains why.

The promise of rain rides on the breeze that is blowing the autumn leaves into the gutters of Ingerslev Boulevard in central Aarhus, just beyond the brick façade of Frederiksbjerg School. A steady stream of young students run into the heaps to gather brittle handfuls of leaves, with the evidence of previous salvos still tangled in their hair. As they chase one another through the school’s multi-tiered playground, they traverse spheres of age and activity: Early teens in a spirited game of basketball, grade schoolers chanting along to a jump rope routine, six-year-olds inspecting the ground for noteworthy bugs. Under a cool gray sky, the clamour of play announces the school from several blocks away.

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