By Princess Ventura | 6 May 2017

Schools are the foundation of our future – they nurture the future workplace and drive the economy. They are crucial in creating liveable cities and are where our young populations learn, grow, and develop. 

As the population of our cities continues to grow rapidly, placing increased demand on essential facilities, so too does the need for appropriate education facilities. Schools are a core component in the life of our communities. They are a key driver for productivity, economic prosperity, and global competitiveness.  

How well we provide for our younger populations and the opportunities to access high quality education facilities are key to developing the ‘human capital’ of the ever-expanding population. A well performing school system is essential to achieving this outcome.

However, the growing demand for schools is not being met across Australian cities. Existing schools are at capacity and temporary measures such as demountable classrooms are undermining high quality education outcomes.

There has been significant systemic, policy and funding issues that have undermined the delivery of new school infrastructure. However, there are innovative approaches to mitigate these challenges including high rise schools, and co-located and shared facilities. 

This presentation will explore the challenges for delivery of education infrastructure in our cities, and lessons from best practice approaches around the world. The presentation will raise questions, and provide insight, such as:

  • Can we have school co-located with Shopping Centres? 
  • Can schools be integrated into University campuses and TAFEs? 
  • Can existing schools transform to provide more places within the same land area? 

Presented at the 50th Planning Institute Australia Congress  held at the Sydney International Convention Centre  3-5 May 2017

Download a copy of the presentation here.