|SEPTEMBER 2009 E-NEWSLETTER|
Letter from the EditorDear DesignShare Readers,
Where on earth did summer go? It seems schools just let out a few weeks ago... better check my calendar again! Like it or not, September is here and most kids are dusting off their backpacks and heading off into the thrilling and/or terrifying first days of class. Think back to the days when you did the same. For a small percentage of you that might stir up nostalgic feelings. For most of us, however, it sends pangs of relief that we’re no longer living in that world (sorry teachers).
School wasn’t always that way though, and it certainly doesn’t have to be. Open up your minds to new possibilities for 21st century education... take a look at this month’s articles on curriculum mapping and student ideas for idyllic school designs. And as always, check out our continuously updated databank of case studies and research on DesignShare.com.
Finally, for the thousands of folks out there whose lives have been touched by Dr. Jeff Lackney, a long-time contributor to DesignShare, we sorrowfully must share the news that our dear friend and colleague passed away August 29, 2009, after a long and valiant fight against liver cancer. We ask that you take a moment to share your thoughts and your stories with his family on a blog created as a tribute. Jeff's life and achievements are impossible to summarize, but we hope in some small way we can tell the story of Jeff and his legacy to his 12-year old son Nick. Thanks for everything Jeff... you are, and will be missed.
Curriculum Mapping: A Tool for Integrating Teaching, Learning, and the EnvironmentAs published in School Planning and Management Magazine (SPM), by Randy Fielding, AIA
Successful districts and schools are continually updating their curriculum, yet buildings are updated in more glacial cycles, depending on demographic shifts and the taxpayer’s willingness to fund bond referendums. How do we empower teachers and students to take charge of their learning and their environment as playwrights, directors and actors? What skills do they need? Curriculum Mapping answers both of these questions. Read more...
Education by Design: Part Three of a Three-Piece Seriesby James E Theimer, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at TRILOGY
If you ask kids, their parents or the teachers what is important to them, the to-do list gets quite lengthy. Trilogy architects asked the students at Redding School of the Arts from kindergarten up to eighth grade what was important to them and the words they used were exciting, fun, comfortable, fun, unique, and fun. Read on...
A Tribute to Dr. Jeff LackneyThousands of people around the world have followed Jeff Lackney’s educational design research and practice since 1998 on DesignShare. As many from the DesignShare community know, Jeff was battling liver cancer and passed away this week. DesignShare has set up a blog as a tribute to Jeff and a place to record his legacy. Please visit the site here and share your own thoughts.
Case Study: High Performance Environments Make the Grade at Valor Christian High Schoolby Adele Willson, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, SLATERPAULL Architects The trend toward high performance buildings is a welcome addition to the world of educational facility design. Valor Christian High School is a private, college preparatory high school located just south of Denver, Colorado which infuses high performance and environmental responsibility -- incorporating a host of green building techniques to minimize energy consumption and deliver an exceptional environment for students, faculty and staff. Read more...
The Image of the City, by Kevin LynchWhat does the city’s form actually mean to the people who live there? What can the city planner do to make the city’s image more vivid and memorable to the city dweller? To answer these questions, Mr. Lynch, supported by studies of Los Angeles, Boston, and Jersey City, formulates a new criterion—imageability—and shows its potential value as a guide for the building and rebuilding of cities. The wide scope of this study leads to an original and vital method for the evaluation of city form. The architect, the planner, and certainly the city dweller will all want to read this book.
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
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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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