Design Proposal of Bahawalpur Children Complex
Why the Need of Children Complex?
- High dropout rates in public schools owing to lack of awareness and poverty
- Prevailing gaps/issues in physical space e.g. Library, learning space/facility, Outdoor and Indoor Facilities, etc.
- Early Childhood Education is pivotal for cognitive, socio-economic and physical development influencing readiness to learn in a school setting.
- Effectiveness of Existing Organizational Design
- Overall contribution to enhancing the learning experience
Bahawalpur children complex is designed for the capacity of five hundred children with the provision of accommodating 1000 children in the future. The design of the complex includes the Library and Learning Resource Center, Video Auditorium/Video Conferencing Facilities, Multi-Purpose Hall/Design-Building Activity room, Outdoor Activities, and ancillary operations. It also inculcates permeability, connectivity, and dynamically shaped masses, which sculpt partially and entirely covered green and hard landscaped spaces. Based on environmentally sustainable principles, the masses are oriented east to west for maximum utilization of sunlight and facilitating air-crossing. The complex design is heavily massed on the edges to inhibit heat gain, while the through puncture brings in the required cooling air. Farther, the street connects and permeates through the different programs and intersects with open and partially covered courts and green spaces. The multitude of green spaces terraces and the programs interwoven between them encourage maximum interactions, harboring safety, and playfulness for the children. The Children complex will act as a driver for change in making the learning experience meaningful ensuring the best possible conditions for a child’s growth and development  . In this regard, the Urban Unit requested to government to propose a suitable land of approximately 150-200 Kanal that can be allocated for this purpose.
Problems Identified in the Children Complex, Lahore
The above Interventions are proposed by observing existing shortcomings at the Children Complex, Lahore where physical space is compromised and inadequate in terms of utilization. Existing furniture is not children-friendly. Large swathes of spaces are left unused. No interaction offered with the environment such as engaging in investigating nature, caring for spaces, creative areas for building, etc. There are only limited extra-curricular activities, lack of interactive aids in the Museum, and availability of book/visual literature is not appropriate to children of desired age-groups. Similarly, the lack of attention to ergonomic design for children in terms of spaces, furniture, and outdoor facilities exaggerated the situation CLC.
The designing of the complex is based on these age groups:
i. Under 5 years
ii. 6-9 years
iii. 10-13 years
iv. 14-18 years
Age relaxation will be given to special children and separate programs will be designed for them.
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