Friday, 16 May 2014

Famous Individuals and the IB Learner Profile

I am doing a short online course for work, as the Middle Years Programme for the International Baccalaureate is changing next year. The first task I was asked to do was think about a famous person in design and talk about the ways the learner profile relates to them. I thought i would share some of the work I post while doing this course, as some of you might find it interesting and also so I can refer to it in the future. All my colleagues are doing a similar course, for their subject, so I thought this would be a nice way for them to compare work also. I found a lot of people are talking very formally on the course forum and have made a conscious effort to not do so.

IB Learner Profile




"Hello I am the Digital Librarian and Technology Teacher at a new school in central London.


I want to talk about the three individuals who created my favourite building and formed the architecture firm Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, Geoffry Powell, Peter "Joe" Chamberlin and Christoph Bon... Powell also created the Golden Lane Estate and they were influenced by my other favourite designer La Corbusier (who coincidently the Barbican had a wonderful exhibition on a few years back).

I have spent a lot of time at the Barbican, taking students on school trips, going to art exhibition and concerts, exploring the conservatory, visiting people who live there, taking photographs and even hanging out in a beautiful flat there when I was little. My mum and my boyfriend also have a lot of ties to the Barbican and I enjoy talking about the space with them, and hanging out there. I will never be able to afford it, but I do dream about living there - my boyfriend and I often window shop expensive flats there online!


Caring - They created fantastic social housing...which actually was social. Unlike council housing now, which is made cheaply, to fit the most amount of people for the lowest cost, their  spaces were well thought out and helped to create strong community bonds. They also knew that housing should not just be a roof and four walls, but put in spaces for people to enjoy into their buildings, like the beautiful conservatory in the Barbican, or the sunken walkaways running through the ponds at the Barbican (a perfect space for reading in the sunshine).


Risk-Takers - The Barbican complex was different in many ways to other buildings at the time, not just visually, but the philosophy behind the space was also radically different. Although many people dislike Brutalist architecture or find it a difficult space, the Barbican is one of the most treasured spaces in London and loved by a great deal many people. Powell is also a risk taker as he entered and won the privilege of designing the Golden 
Lane Estate.

Principled - Again creating social housing which did not just meet the minimum requirements, but thought about the emotional and social impact on the inhabitants lives, shows that they are principled..and basically 'rad dudes'."

Golden Lane Estate


The Barbican