|OCTOBER 2009 E-NEWSLETTER|
Letter from the EditorDear DesignSharers,
President Obama kicked off this school year by addressing students around the country. “You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers.” With the government trying to make sure schools have the supplies and facilities they need, parents trying to make sure their children are well fed and well prepared for class every morning, and students trying their best to make it to the finish line each spring, there’s a whole lot of emphasis in the word try. Yet, each school year we’re less than thrilled with the outcomes. DesignShare is taking a moment to reflect on our past year and plan for the next. We simply cannot afford to let our schools down.
For most of you, the next school building you walk into will not strike you as innovative or inspiring. Most of you will hear the dissonant slams of lockers in the corridors. You’ll witness the dull faces of bored students we’ve sadly accepted as the norm. But take this school building and learn from it. Make it a point this year not to settle for status quo. The president concluded his 20-minute speech – optimistically as ever – with the idea that we must not define ourselves by our failures. For learning from our mistakes allows us to learn something new.
If you Google a comparison, you will find dozens of studies analyzing differences between SMART Boards and Promethean Boards. Look for more research from Randy Fielding next year about interactive boards for education and the transition to touch screen technology.
Smart Technologies aims to change how kids learnby Elizabeth Corcoran, Forbes Magazine
Nearly one-third of K-12 classrooms in the U.S. are said to have a SMART Board. The interactive screens have supplanted more and more blackboards because of their versatility. The devices can connect to the Internet and computers, and information can be saved digitally and e-mailed. This article looks at the success story of the Canadian company SMART Technologies. Read more...
Case Study: Kindergarten Sighartstein by Kadawittfeldarchitektur, Sighartstein, Land Salzburg, Austriaby Nico Saieh
Situated on the periphery of the site of green meadows and felds, the first impression of the construction site provided the idea for the sculptural facade by way of an elevated grass turf. The oversized “grass blades” communicate the building’s unique identity and provides an orientation marker for the kindergarten. Read the full case study...
Want to start a school garden? Here’s how!If you’re living in the vast majority of the country, you’re probably thinking about closing the garden down for the winter. But if you’re thinking about starting a school garden, now is the perfect time to start planning for spring! Download Bon Apetit Management Company’s online guide to developing school gardens here.
School Building Week 2010Celebrating our schools and reinforcing the connection between school facilities and student learning, School Building Week provides an opportunity to increase public awareness of the importance of well-planned, healthy, high performance, safe and sustainable schools that enhance student performance and contribute to community vitality. School Building Week is supported by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of ® REALTORS, American Institute of Architects, and over 35 other organizations. Download the SBW brochure here.
This morning the Open Architecture Network announced the winners of its 2009 challenge, which solicited designs for “the classroom of the future.” Top honors went to the Teton Valley Community School in Victor, Idaho—a rapidly expanding town at the base of the Teton Mountain range, in one of the most underfunded school systems in the nation. “The design objectives were to create flexible spatial configurations, reduce the school’s ecological footprint, and create a strong connection to the outdoors in response to the mountain climate,” the architects, Section Eight [design], wrote in a project brief. Read more about Teton Valley Community School and other Category Winners here...
DETAIL Magazine German/English 2009/09 – School ModernizationOn the topic of modernizing schools, DETAIL Concept 9/2009 presents an overview of current, exemplary projects: the responsible architects, builders and users highlight their respective concepts. For example, a former prefabricated prototype in Berlin gets a highly insulated facade makeover, while the interior rooms remain the same. In Graubunden, Switzerland, a heat insulation binding is wrapped around a village school, with specific colors used in the interior to assist orientation between school and community areas. Modern classrooms as well as colorfully decorated interiors make a schoolhouse from 1907 in Lauffen am Neckar, Germany, come alive. Read more...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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