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Language of School Design


A completely revised 3rd Edition of The Language of School Design been released. With dozens of excellent reviews and thousands of copies sold, LOSD is a must-have resource for School Planners, Architects, Educators and Administrators.

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New Book from Prakash Nair


From the Harvard Education Publishing Group

The United States has about $2 trillion tied up in aging school facilities. School districts throughout the country spend about $12 billion every year keeping this infrastructure going. Yet almost all of the new money we pour into school facilities reinforces an existing—and obsolete—model of schooling.

In Blueprint for Tomorrow, Prakash Nair—one of the world’s leading school designers—explores the hidden messages that our school facilities and classrooms convey and advocates for the “alignment” of the design of places in which we teach and learn with twenty-first-century learning goals.

Buy the book through the Harvard Press website.

Or on Amazon.

Randall Fielding, Featured Speaker


Session Title:
Constructing Learning, Constructing Learning Spaces

This interactive presentation and workshop takes people through a series of activities to construct understanding about what learning is and how it happens, then segues into designing spaces/ future schools where that kind of learning can be supported. Concrete examples from Kindergarten through university campuses will be presented. Strategies for renovation, new construction, furnishings, acoustical treatments, lighting and technology will be discussed, offering participants a holistic approach to learning and design.

Hawaii Schools of the Future Conference
Honolulu, November 6 and 7, 2014

The 6th annual Schools of the Future Conference - convening all-day on Thursday & Friday, November 6 & 7, 2014 at the Hawaii Convention Center - is open to all public, private, parochial and charter school educators, as well as parents and students, and business and community members, with an expected attendance of 1,200 to 1,500 educators. More than 80 presentations by keynote speakers, featured speakers and classroom teachers will share best practices over the two days of the conference.

Link to the conference website with registration information.

Prakash Nair Keynote

Prakash Will be a Keynote Speaker at the Next Generation Learning Spaces Asia in September 2016

CONFERENCE THEME: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN PEDAGOGY, SPACES & TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES & INCREASED ENROLLMENT

– Pre-Conference Workshops: 26th September 2016

– Main Conference: 27th – 28th September 2016

– Post Conference Site Tours: 29th September 2016

– Venue: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Singapore

PRAKASH TALK – BLUEPRINT FOR TOMORROW: DESIGNING A SMART, AGILE SCHOOL FOR SMART, AGILE KIDS

Today schools must be shaped not only by the architects who design them, but also by the teachers and students who occupy them. However, a majority

of the learning in schools is still pre-determined by a design best suited for an industrial, mass-production model, signaling also an obsolete pedagogy. A well designed

school must move away from the rigidity of the static building to the agility of the Learning Building. Being an architect winner for CEFPI MacConnell Award who spearheads numerous innovative learning

buildings, Prakash Nair will walk you through the strategies to modify the learning spaces, reshape schools to represent true Learning Buildings, and to

manifest new and more powerful philosophies of learning. The presentation will also illustrate several international case studies to provide specific and

immediately usable ideas to transform learning environments.

For more conference info click here.

Join the FNI Team

FNI HAS POSITIONS AVAILABLE!

ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO DIRECTOR – BANGALORE, INDIA
Are you passionate about learning and design? Do you want to design the learning environments of the future all around the world? An exciting adventure awaits you in India. We are currently seeking an Architectural Studio Director with at least 5 years of experience managing and leading projects to head up our Bangalore, India Studio.

PROJECT ARCHITECT/PROJECT MANAGER SOUGHT IN BALTIMORE
We are currently seeking a Project Architect or Project Manager with at least 5 years of experience managing and leading projects to work in our Baltimore Studio. The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated out-of-the box thinker with strong project management, communication, and leadership skills. A passion for design and a curiosity about learning and the world is a must.

INTERN – ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER Are you passionate about learning and design? Do you want to design the learning environments of the future all around the world? We are currently seeking an Intern Architectural Designer to work in our Minneapolis Studio, located in the heart of Uptown. The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated out‐of‐the box thinker with strong design and communication skills. A passion for design and a curiosity about learning, and the world is a must. This is a full‐time summer position, and may turn into a full or part‐time position in the fall. Starting compensation will range from $2,800 ‐ $3,200 per month, depending on qualifications.

See more details here.

FNI School Video


Student-centered learning is Individualized, community-based, experiential, and collaborative. The FNI Learning Community model supports students in all four of these defined areas, as demonstrated by Norma Rose Point School in Vancouver, British Columbia. This new video from Fielding Nair International shows how successful innovative spaces can be through the voices of the school community.

View the video here: https://youtu.be/yBFc_3apnZ4

New Article by Randall Fielding

CEFPI Educational Facility Planner Article Features Douglas Park School

Douglas Park Elementary School is designed to “Raise the Game” of Regina Schools by providing an incubator for the inventive learning concepts of Structural Innovation. Along with the other seed schools, new practices will evolve through the extreme flexibility of the education spaces there.

Douglas Park School is designed to launch the Structural Innovations initiative by providing spaces that support the four key practices. Flexible teaching arrangements and instructional groupings are provided by the learning community model; in this case several grade levels make up each community. Rather than teaching 30 students in one classroom, teachers share an office space to promote collaboration. Space for project-based learning is provided in flexible commons space, and inclusive practices are represented in the Developmental Centre, and throughout the campus.

See more of the article here.

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Transforming Schools for the 21st Century

The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time for Something New


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Edutopia Post by Prakash Nair


by Prakash Nair , Founding President, Fielding Nair International
Edutopia, Posted 05/08/2015

Prakash Nair questions the way our education system emphasizes the need for students to pay constant attention to a teacher:

“Are we in crisis because of short attention spans and the losing battle teachers are fighting to keep kids interested in class? Before we answer that, let us look at the word “attention” to see how this important word has been co-opted by the education establishment to represent something completely different than its true meaning.”

Nair posits that attention is not only natural to survival, but it should be directed from a teacher to their students instead. Student’s needs should come first, and their individual styles of learning be honored.

Read his post here.

21st Century Curriculum

PBL21 is the next step in the evolution of project-based learning. Learn how to design a 21st century curriculum framework which seamlessly integrates the learning environment, critical attributes of 21st century education, multiple literacies for the 21st century and the 7 Survival Skills for the 21st Century. Workshop description plus more about what you will learn and do.

This workshop from 21st Century Schools is offered at our quarterly institutes in the United States, and can also be brought to you anywhere in the world.

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