|AUGUST 2009 E-NEWSLETTER|
Letter from the EditorDear DesignShare Readers,
I recently read a beautiful quote from Spiro Kostof. “Architecture is a social act and the material theater of human activity.” If only such poetry could be used in earnest to describe most of our children’s school buildings, the world would be a better place. There seem to be no shortage of fabulous ideas for integrating light, color, playfulness and thought-provoking spaces… and yet, there is certainly a shortage of manifestations of such ideas. As always, I wish to open your eyes to some of the gems that have come about from thoughtful architects, as well as the programs around the world that continue to push for more gems.
Education by Design: Part Two of a Three-Piece Seriesby James E Theimer, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at TRILOGY
How does a design share itself? The architects at Trilogy wish to hit folks over the head with the proverbial hammer at Redding School of the Arts. They believe it’s wonderful to build an environmentally advanced building, but its eco-friendly features need to be transparent to all those who travel through its hallways. Read more about Redding’s sustainable features here...
Case Study: Sinarmas World Academy, Tangerang, Indonesiaby Jay Litman, Senior Architect and Prakash Nair, Partner, Fielding Nair International
Sinarmas World Academy is an innovative example of developing personal learning communities in a large 1500-student school. Fielding Nair International served as Design Architect and Educational Facilities Planner for the school, which opened in July 2008 by the SINARMAS Group. Read the full article here...
One Corner of the World
Portugal’s Secondary School Modernisation ProgrammeThe aim of the Secondary School Modernisation Programme, being implemented in Portugal by Parque Escolar, EPE, is based on the pursuit of quality and makes Portuguese education a potential international benchmark. This paper discusses the strategies adopted to reorganize school spaces. It describes the conceptual model and highlights the solutions proposed for libraries, science teaching spaces and museum units. Read more here...
DesignShare Author Wins CEFPI AwardMidwest/Great Lakes Region of the Council of Educational Facility Planners’ Awards Committee presented DesignShare author, design juror and contributor Dr. Jeffery Lackney with an Award of Excellence for his research and design work. The Award acknowledges his outstanding contributions to the field of educational facility planning and his many years of service to CEFPI.
DesignShare Founder Will Speak at World Innovation Summit for Education, Doha, QatarThe premiere WISE Forum – to be held in Doha on November 16th, 17th and 18th, 2009 – focuses on the theme “Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements” with three sub-themes — Pluralism, Sustainability, and Innovation. DesignShare’s founder, and Fielding Nair International partner, Randy Fielding will speak on the subject of innovation in Qatar. The Forum will draw leaders and decision-makers from governments, businesses, civil society, schools & universities, international institutions, NGOs, grassroots movements, top-tier media, multimedia, art and other creative communities around the globe. Visit the conference website here.
Educational Environmentsby Roger Yee
Considering the pivotal role science, technology and higher learning played during the past two centuries, it’s little wonder that education is such a vital issue. Staying ahead in the information age may require lifetime learning for children and adults alike. This is the mission of Educational Environments — to present examples of the country’s most innovative new educational facilities to decision makers developing educational facilities for the years to come.
Second Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Network on Educational Facilities (Mexico)10-11 August 2009
86th Annual CEFPI World Conference & Expo (Washington, DC)September 27 - 29, 2009
6-Degrees of Connection
International Conference on Sustainable School Buildings (Ljubljana, Slovenia)October 1-2, 2009
VIII International Congress on the Development of Educational Spaces (Mexico)November 2009
Contact: Carlos Bocanegra: email@example.com
WISE – World Innovation Summit for Education (Doha, Qatar)November 16-18, 2009
Safer Schools, Safer Communities: Ensuring Safe and Secure Learning Environments for Children and Young People (UK)January 18-19, 2010
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