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It used to bother me a lot that my children wouldn't want to draw or read when they got home. They talked about school as something negative and boring. That was really when I started to want to change things. I went to see my children's teacher and was told, "Well, I'd really like to change that, but I can't. I have 30 children, we're in the classroom alone and my problem is that, although I'd like to do some things differently, in a learning environment, when some students are talking, it distracts the others. And that's why we have to do more or less the same thing at the same time. There will always be some children who are bored". I thought that I could use my skills as a designer and artist to help them. I could change the physical environment of the classroom to be able to work with the children in a much more different way. That was the beginning. I wanted to save to my children, to help them hold on to their desire to explore.
Creativity is not something that we need to promote because it is something we already have. You're born with creativity, every child is born with creativity, it's not just artists who are creative, everyone is creative. What happens is that school dampens this creativity. It's a matter of holding on to this creativity, of stimulating and helping it to grow and to create opportunities within a school's physical environment, it's organization and its social context. Students should be stimulated and also feel like they're allowed to be creative.
Creativity comes from something very basic, of having the possibility of acting on your own desires, curiosity and motivation, which comes from inside. The problem is that, if we create classrooms as usage defined spaces, the teachers and children who use those classrooms will be controlled by them. In effect, the classroom will control the children. They won't be able to move around freely, go where they want or work on what interests them, like drawing while the teacher is talking, for example. What we do with design is, instead of thinking about it as a way to control a space, we focus on creating learning landscapes. And those landscapes of learning are built from accepting that each of us is different and we need different physical situations: different colors and different materials, depending on different scenarios we need to work.