Their solution is a total system approach that uses circular design principles to optimise every aspect of physical spaces, learning experiences, curriculums and resources for the children, teachers and communities of Aotearoa.
Good_Space is working to make that change happen. By purposefully bringing nature in, they aim to help absorb carbon, purify our air, soften loud spaces, stimulate senses and connect our children and society more closely with the natural world around us. But it goes deeper than that. Jade Hurst, Founder and Creative Director of Good_Space, believes the spaces we spend time in should enrich our wellness — and how we spend our time should regenerate our environment. That nature is intrinsic to who we are, but our ‘knowing’ has become ‘unlearned’ over many years. And it’s up to us as people of Aotearoa to open our eyes, to respect and renew the mauri ora of the natural systems that sustain us and our children.
At XLabs, Jade brought a team of experts together to explore ‘how circular economy principles might be applied to a childcare centre for the benefit of our communities and the environment.’
“We’re in the business of designing spaces to optimise human health. Wellness Architecture in collaboration with circular principles presents an exciting opportunity to create healthy and happy spaces for all. We’re designing a childcare centre model that sets new regenerative standards using these principles.”
— Jade Hurst
Designing physical spaces with smart materials and closed loop systems to harness the natural resources around us and reduce negative impact.
Weaving a circular curriculum across early learning at every point - from in the centre, to out in nature, to an online platform and into the homes of wider whānau and communities - all enabled by embedded intelligence, networked participation and a circular business model.
Guidance of Kaitiaki:
Creating a new and crucial role for the Nature Teachers that bring it all to life, the centre’s Kaitiaki. Illuminating regenerative behaviour and circular principles right across our spaces, resources and rituals.
Circular design features:
- The building itself will harness the resources of natural daylight, water and air for uses such as energy, light and thermal warmth.
- Rainwater will be a core element in the childcare centre and incorporated in children’s’ learning; used for everything from washing, flushing of toilets, water play, through to filtering the water for our green spaces, and of course, for drinking.
- The shelter will be made of smart and deconstructed materials, as will the furniture, educational resources and toys they provide.
- Teachers and Kaitiaki will benefit from a curriculum enriched by circular economy principles, with new ways to connect, grow and thrive. Outside of learning hours, they will also optimise the use of buildings as hubs for the wider community to learn circular behaviours.
As experts in wellness architecture, Good_Space is perfectly positioned to make this a reality. By placing people at the centre of the design process, creating spaces that optimize the health and happiness of humankind. They see children as the heart of their work, and our future — together with nature, representing a formidable teaching partnership.