The World's Best Kindergarten with Takaharu and Yui Tezuka | Episode 5

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May 18 2020 57 mins  

I had such an awesome conversation with Takaharu and Yui, and you can easily get a feel for the passion they have for what they do and trying to create the best environment possible for kids.  They give us the 'why' behind many of the design elements of Fuji Kindergarten that I hadn't heard before, and I believe we can use many of those same principles in schools around the world, no matter the design. 

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Takaharu and Yui Tezuka have extensive experience designing spaces for children, such as Fuji Kindergarten, which was named the best school in the world by OECD(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) and UNESCO. They recently received the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from UNESCO. Takaharu`s TED Talk recorded 7th in the world for the number of views in 2015.  While their activity is based on architectural design, they hold lectures all over the world, receiving offers from OECD. Their theory on children`s environment is published as the "Yellowbook" from Harvard University. ( Learn more at

00:01:30 Takaharu and Yui's Story

00:07:15 Designing Fuji Kindergarten

00:15:00 School and Nature Interdependence

00:20:45 The Role of Sound in Education

00:30:40 Small Doses of Danger

00:37:00 Fuji Kindergarteners Move 4km a Day

00:44:15 Leaving a Legacy

00:49:00 Next Project - Junior High School


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