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Learning (to Live) Together: The future of Schools and the Architecture of Walk-Away Pedagogy

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Marie Lou Papazian (American and Armenian, b.1964) and Pegor Papazian (American and Armenian, b.1963) of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies (Armenia, est.2011) in collaboration with Bernard Khoury (Lebanese, b.1968) and Winy Maas (Dutch, b.1959)



The TUMO Center for Creative Technologies addresses the architecture of “walk-away pedagogy” and the future of learning. It explores physical environments where teenagers belong to a highly inclusive, evolving community of peers learning together while learning to learn, live, and work together. It features spaces that reflect a radical, new approach to education and its spatial expression across scales—from urban contexts and buildings, to interiors and furniture, to devices and software. The TUMO Center showcases learning environments in the densest of urban areas as well as remote villages and open fields, through various architectures: The Convergence Center in Yerevan and the Pyramid of Tirana by MVRDV; the TUMO Paris at the Forum des Halles; TUMO centers in Berlin, Beirut, and beyond; and the foundational learning environments designed by Bernard Khoury / DW5. The integrated interior and furniture designs include mobile and floating workstations, plug-and-play “umbilical cords,” and freeform bleacher spaces and learning boxes—physical reflections of the pedagogical platform.

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
The TUMO Center for Creative Technologies is a new kind of environment ushering in the future of education – Hyper-personalized, hands-on education that puts students completely in charge of their own learning. With the theme of “learning to learn together”, TUMO’s installation at the Biennale Architettura 2021 showcases the philosophy that ties together the center’s growing network around the world. 


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
At the centre of the installation is a forest of hanging lifelines, giving voice to teenagers from Yerevan, Beirut, Berlin, Kyiv, Moscow, Paris and Tirana. Learners enter into dialogue with visitors, talking about their hopes and achievements, showcasing their local realities and revealing the future they aspire to.

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