This series of Generative Dialogues reaches towards an alternative form of schooling for the future, proposing a solution to the problem of modern education.
According to Immanuel Kant, the ultimate goal of the enlightened human being is to become cosmopolitan and eschew the limitations of national borders. However, systems of modern education have ultimately come to focus on the construction of the nation-state. Meanwhile, the current state of globalised life, of ontological migration, has laid bare the more disturbing facets of such Enlightenment ideals, among them the ubiquity of the refugee.
Architecture is not merely a method of building, but the mechanisation of human desire. What is at stake here is a line of questioning, asking why the Kantian project—i.e. becoming a cosmopolitan—has not worked out; why people so easily fall into refugee status rather than becoming ‘inter’-national beings.
Starting from this perspective, this series invites scholarly and creative groups to engage in a discussion of the ‘futurology’ of schools. The vision for these discussions arises from an experimental, imaginative embrace of the non-architectonic, and actively encourages rhizomatic movements of thinking. These future schools would dream of a new internationalism, of escape from the paradox of homelessness. The Futurology of Schools marks the arrival of the very future being named; as such, it is the only way we can overcome the deadlock of the present. What is crucial here is not the idea of the ‘school’, but that of ‘schooling’.