Jonathan Ellis-Miller’s modular school pays tribute to the hi-tech era while presaging the dawn of a joyless flatpack future
It should come as no surprise that Michael Gove has few friends among architects. Since taking to the stage as education secretary, he has happily assumed the role of pantomime villain, launching a barrage of scathing attacks against the profession – from accusations of “creaming off cash” to decreeing that “award-winning architects” must never design schools again.
His latest ruse, the James Review – led by the head of Dixons, with Tesco’s director of property services on the panel – will soon report on a plan for flatpack educational buildings, airlifted in from above, against all the tenets of the government’s localism agenda. Gove’s vision of the future is one of cheap, mass-produced factory learning farms, assembled by numbers, in which the profligate whims of the architect will finally be outlawed, once and for all...
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Originally published in BD, 23 March 2011