Thinking Inside the Box -- THE Journal
Discover how New York City's iSchool transformed a 19th century space into a true 21st century learning environment
When we think of 21st century schools, we think of geometric modern architecture, sustainable building materials, and high-tech modular classrooms. It’s rare, though, that a district has the space or the money to build that school from the ground up. Instead, the challenge for most is the transformation of 20th century architecture to support a 21st century model of learning.
When iSchool Co-Principals Alisa Berger and Mary Moss were tapped by the New York City Department of Education to create a new high school whose curriculum incorporated technology and challenge-based learning modules, a 20th century building would have been a luxury. Yet, on the top two floors of a school built at the end of the 19th century in Manhattan’s SoHo, they worked within the building’s century-old limitations to develop a scalable model that rethinks what high school looks like in the 21st century.