May 6th 2-6pm
NYU Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
60 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012
2:00 - 2:15pm - Reception & General Admission
2:15 - 3:00pm - School Redesign Presentations
3:00 - 4:00pm - Guest Speaker Panel
4:00 - 6:00pm - Education Design Expo
The Edify Symposium is a student created, led, and executed conference that revolves around the presentation of architectural and curricular redesigns of a public high school created by teams of both undergraduate and high school students. This year’s symposium will feature redesigns of a public high school in rural Massachusetts — Monument Mountain Regional High School.
To expand the conversation around hopes for the future of learning, prominent guest speakers from a diverse set of fields will share their perspectives on significant topics in education during a panel discussion and Q&A.
This discussion will be followed by an expo session featuring work from notable institutions and groups related to education and design, including work from Yale School of Architecture, Terra Sustainable Technologies, UrbanStrong, KnitKnot Architecture, Edify Projects, and many more.
What is Edify Projects?
Edify Projects is an initiative to create a national high school competition in which students reimagine their schools’ physical and programmatic design — thinking critically about their own education and brainstorming innovative ideas for a future-oriented K-12 education system. This year the project will be piloted by NYU & Monument Mountain High School, and will then expand to more schools in 2020.
This year the NYU design team identified four key areas they feel are underemphasized in K-12 education: ecological sustainability, technological literacy, creativity & entrepreneurship, and human & life skills. These pillars will be emphasized both in the curricular and architectural designs showcased at the symposium.
The symposium would not be possible without the generous support of NYU Steinhardt and Terra - Sustainable Technologies. We would also like to thank Cath Milne, Mitch Joachim, Andy Romig, Peter Rajsingh and Sean Flynn for their guidance and support.
Last Year: The Paideia Project
The Paideia Project set the groundwork for this year’s symposium by redesigning Monument Mountain Regional High School as if it were possible to build the school on an open-ended budget. We designed a striking glass-walled ring as the second floor of the school to allow students to work amidst the natural beauty of the mountains surrounding them. The student center in the atrium is another open, naturally lit space that fosters a sense of community and productivity. The daily schedule was broken into several “blocks” indicating the type of framework for each class period. For example for the Problem Project block, students select a problem in their school, town, country or in the world on which to work for the semester — they collaborate in small groups under a faculty advisor to propose or implement a solution to the identified problem.
Though we are redesigning the same school for Edify Projects ‘19, the designs this year will be far more feasible and realistic under current budgeting restrictions. We are working closely with the Superintendent and the School Board in hopes of fully realizing this year’s student designs.