Language of School Design
A completely revised 2nd Edition of The Language of School Design (100 more pages and dozens of new illustrations of innovative schools) has 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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TIES Tech Conference
Randall Fielding to Speak at the TIES Tech Conference in Minneapolis in December!
GO FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE AT TIES 2013 EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Education technology is moving forward with unprecedented speed. Hop on board with the latest developments and best practices for adapting content and teaching methods to prepare students for their future.
Learn from and network with education technology practitioners and experts and discover the latest tools and solutions offered by over 100 vendors.
At TIES 2013, you’ll find:
- Inspiring speakers with future-focused ideas and innovations.
- Over 350 breakout sessions and more than 50 pre-conference workshops.
- The latest tools and solutions from over 100 vendors.
- Opportunities galore to network and share ideas with colleagues.
For more information, click here.
2013 MacConnell Awards
FNI Designed Two Schools in the CEFPI MacConnell Award Final Four
Douglas Park Elementary School in Regina, Saskatchewan and Meadowdale Middle School in Washington state were finalists for the 2013 MacConnell awards.
Douglas Park is one of four new Canadian schools crafted to nurture Creative Age learners and support Regina Public School’s Structural Innovation initiative. FNI served as Planner and Design Architect, and the firm Number Ten served as Executive Architect for this school that accommodates 400 students, ranging from pre-kindergarten through grade 8.
Along with their local partner Integrus Architecture, FNI also served as Educational Facilities Planner and Design Consultant for a public middle school in Lynnwood, Washington outside of Seattle. Meadowdale Middle School is a personalized learning community where emerging adolescents and adults work together to create safe, relevant, and developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
Details of the CEFPI awards and conference are here.
Kids LOVE Their New School!
The P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is a unique & progressive community on a beautifully wooded site. The school’s prized possession is their Tumblin’ Creek, which is not only the heart of the campus but also a threshold between the primary and secondary campuses. The elementary school is situated alongside the creek, taking advantage of the views and the shade from the existing, mature trees. The main drop-off point is at the north side of the campus - students will then descend down ramps and stairs, following the site’s topography to the main entrance that is at the center of the school. The double-height main entrance commons is open & welcoming, connecting all three of the Small Learning Communities: Kindergarten & 1st Grade (ground level west wing), 2nd & 3rd Grades (ground level east wing), and 4th & 5th Grades (second level). The focus of the school’s design is to be respectful to the beautiful site that it sits on and to strive towards the highest environmental sustainable standards.
This school, with planning and design work by Fielding Nair International, exemplifies a 21st century learning community. This video shows how the curriculum and learning at the school is impacted by the space they are practiced in.
Link to video here.
Latest Prakash Nair Article
Remove this Word from Your Vocabulary! 21st Century Learning Needs 21st Century Learning Spaces
Ravsak Magazine, September 2013
By Prakash Nair and Catherine Roberts-Martin
An international authority in school design, himself a day school parent, explains the philosophy of contemporary educational spaces and illustrates steps schools can take to expand and inspire learning.
“Most every time we read any education article or news column online these days, a particular word pops out that makes us cringe. It’s an innocent looking word, not obscene or controversial, and most people wouldn’t even blink to see it in print or hear it spoken. Yet to us it’s a word that’s holding this country back from achieving our educational goals in the 21st century, a word first used around 1811 and reflecting the education of that time. So what is this terrible word?
Read more here.
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New Tech Article
Technology’s Influence on Today’s Educational Spaces
By Adele Willson, AIA, LEED AP & Jennifer Cordes, AIA, LEED AP
Learning spaces now, more than ever, are being designed to help with communication and information sharing. From tablets used to asking kids to “raise their hands” virtually, to viewing a lecture via Skype or FaceTime, the traditional four walls and a chalkboard are transforming rapidly. According to a recent USA Today article, a New York-based educational technology startup released the first device, an Android-powered touchscreen tablet, “designed for kids both to take to school and bring home. For sale only to schools for now, the Amplify tablet comes pre-loaded with virtually everything a student will encounter during the school day, including all the textbooks, lessons, tests and e-books she might be assigned.”
Link to the Article Here