Tag Archives: Prisoners

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

 

Contemporary Prison Environments for Aboriginal Prisoners

3 Apr

Contemporary prison environments

Authors:

Dr Elizabeth Grant, Senior Lecturer, The University of Adelaide

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: Wilto Yerlo

Centre for Housing and Regional and Urban Planning

  

Abstract

The issues of incarcerating Aboriginal peoples have been a matter of contention for prison administrations since colonisation. This presentation presents an overview of the types of places in which Aboriginal people have been imprisoned and how inquiries and people-environments research such as evidence based research and user consultation has influenced the design of contemporary prison environments. The paper will present current trends and examples of prison environments designed for Aboriginal people.

E – elizabeth.grant@adelaide.edu.au

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