Co-designing Intensive Learning Centres for NSW Maximum Security Prison

29 May

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On the 2nd April a new Intensive Learning Centre facility was opened at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre that is the result of a unique collaboration between Corrective Services NSW and the Designing Out Crime research centre at the University of Technology, Sydney. The collaborative project was to design and construct a learning centre for 40 inmates that would operate under a therapeutic model within the context of NSW maximum security prison. The brief challenged designers to create a prefabricated and furnished design model which was secure, offered a 21century learning environment, inspired integration and rehabilitation and could be fabricated by inmates in Corrective Services Industries vocational training programs. The project followed a unique process of co-design and consultation with inmates, teachers, correctional centre management staff, and senior managers in CSNSW.  This process realized a facility with the following features:

  • Architecture and materials to create an aesthetic and functionality consistent with co-operative relationships between educators and students, enabling a capacity for problem solving, creativity and social interaction required in modern work environments.
  • A flexible model of classroom design to support dynamic learning that is scalable for differing audiences and activities.
  • Integrated technology to support education delivery and dynamic learning opportunities including smart boards, laptops and audio-visual equipment.
  • Designation and design of spaces to support Aboriginal learning styles and cross cultural discussion.
  • Designed-in capacity for customisation such as interchangeable art panels that allow each cohort to build ownership and establish connection with the environment.
  • Interlinked indoor and outdoor spaces that create a unique sense of community and connectedness in the correctional environment.
  • A secure facility that embeds all the standard security features while creating a safe environment through the use of an open-plan community aesthetic.

The Designing Out Crime team is currently undertaking a post occupancy evaluation to assess the performance of the design and Tasman Munro is undertaking a PhD looking at the design’s  impact on interaction within the space.

Tasman Munro – Industrial designer                  Kevin Bradley – Architect

Rohan Lulham – Psychologist                               Douglas Tomkin – Designer

Lucy Klippin – Designer                                         Jessica Wong – Designer

 

Links

http://www.tasmanmunrodesign.com/blog/2014/4/Intensive-Learning-Centre-for-Maximum-Security-Prison

http://www.bradleyarchitecture.com.au

https://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n1/video/-/watch/22343745/back-to-school-for-in

http://www.macleayargus.com.au/story/2196124/16m-learning-centre-opens-at-aldavilla-jail/

http://newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2014/05/thinking-inside-box

 

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