the american education system is sustained by the private sector. as a result, many colleges and schools have become, over time, ghettos for rich people, leaving a huge part of the students out of options. for this competition, that proposed the discussion of ideas for the roofs of the world, new york was chosen as a study case for an experiment. known as usa’s ‘educational capital’, it seemed pertinent the provocation: ‘what if suddenly the education would become the highest (and most visible) value of a society? what if one day all the skyscrapers would have a school on the top?’ assuming the will to fix, or at least to discuss, a biased system, it is proposed to offer public schools in places that are usually closed to society. using the yellow color from the school buses and new yorker cabs, and choosing very simple and abstract volumes pierced occasionally by simple geometries, the boxes would seem like a game for children. visually and politically, the school would be the highest value. ‘what if one day there would be schools in the sky?’ ((("rooftops, why not?" ideas competition /// honorable mention /// project team: architects filipe magalhaes, ana luisa soares and andré vergueiro)))

schools in the sky! diagram

schools in the sky! areas of influence

schools in the sky! skyline

schools in the sky! classroom

schools in the sky! courtyard

schools in the sky! references

schools in the sky! competition poster

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