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While on a Churchill Fellowship tour in
2009, I attended a week-long Reggio course
in Italy. It was very intensive and, as one
of only two architects at that course sur-
rounded by others from the totally differ-
ent discipline of teaching, I found it very
enlightening. The following seminal points
are what I gleaned from two talks, the first
given by Paola Cagliari:
Education is a right: to recognise some-
one's rights is to recognise their poten-
Everyone has the right to be a protago-
nist in their own experiences.
Education is a social activity.
School is a place where everyone is shar-
ing, discovering, inventing and partici-
pating; it is an exchange of ideas.
Children are the builders of a culture,
expressing important values.
It is important that children are able to
explore their own ideas and their own
Reggio aims to give visibility to children
and their expression.
A child has 100 languages.
Who is teaching whom?
There are two further seminal points I
gleaned from a talk by Carla Rinaldi:
Reggio is values-based education. To
listen gives meaning to the other person
and children are particularly sensitive to
this: 'I cannot exist without your listen-
The aim is to make listening visible
through the projects with a cyclical proc-
ess of observation, documentation and
Here, in photographs, is a glimpse of
what these seminal points, aka design
principles, look like at Loris Malaguzzi
International Centre in Reggio Emilia in
northern Italy. T
Pictured, pages 34 and 35 at left and
top right, interior of Loris Malaguzzi
Internation al Centre, photographs cour-
tesy Tullio Zini Architect Studio and ZPZ
Partners, Modena. Page 35 bottom right
and this page, interior open spaces, photo-
graphs Sarah Scott.
Sarah Scott is an architect and partner
in Scott and Ryland Architects, Sydney.
For the last six years she has specialised
in designing early learning c entres, and in
2008 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship
to explore the design of early childhood
centres across the world. Email
This is an edited extract from
Architecture for Children , published this
month by ACER Press.
w ww. ace r.edu .au/public ations
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