Enrico Giori worked with students on a book that ideates the design of their school and taught them the basics of architecture along the way

What happens when a classroom of fifth graders is offered the agency to ideate the design of their school? Architectural designer Enrico Giori proffered this while studying architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). His research culminated in a self-published book, We Want a School!, which serves as a model curriculum for involving children in the production of space and recalls the importance of engaging a project’s stakeholders.

During the pandemic, Giori connected with an elementary school in Milan for his research. Through virtual sessions, he, the teachers, and a classroom of students conceptualized their aspirations for a better school. Before the project

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