Published in Architectural Forum, December 1971 | Photo: Leon Kunstenaar
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched a satellite into orbit, thus taking the lead in the “space race.” In response to the “Sputnik crisis,” the West set in motion an unprecedented educational offensive that soon came to feature prominently in the public realm.
Education Shock revisits the decades following the “shock” of the “Sputnik crisis” when the sphere of education expanded on a global scale. As the exhibition and its accompanying publication demonstrate, the rethinking and replanning of learning environments – due to demographics, technology, the Cold War and the social movements culminating in 1968 – permanently changed the educational sphere. In collaboration with artists, academics and architects, curator Tom Holert examines an era of experimentation that is about to be rediscovered as an archive and a resource, which may inform current debates.
Complementing the exhibition, the Education in Concrete project reaches out to eight Berlin schools. As they team up with artists, students will engage with their school buildings of the 1960s and ’70s and speculate about the learning environments of the future.
Exhibition with contributions from BARarchitekten, Elke Beyer, Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber, Evan Calder Williams, Filipa César/Sónia Vaz Borges, Inga Danysz, Christopher Falbe, Dina Dorothea Falbe, Gregor Harbusch, Claudia Hummel, Ana Hušman/Dubravka Sekulić, Jürgen Jaehnert, Jakob Jakobsen, Ana Paula Koury/Maria Helena da Costa, Silke Schatz, Street College, Alexander Stumm, Oliver Sukrow, Ola Uduku, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Florian Zeyfang/Alexander Schmoeger/Lisa Schmidt-Colinet, Francesco Zuddas and others.
Curated by Tom Holert
Part of The New Alphabet