DesignShare - Designing for the Future of Learning APRIL 2010 E-NEWSLETTER

Letter from the Editor

Dear DesignSharers,

We’re all singing the same song. These are words that we use time and again when presenting 21st century school design patterns to clients around the world. As I visited a number of schools in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico last week, these words never seemed truer. We were fortunate to take in an exclusive music class concert from an elementary group that met during their lunch hour to practice. At a middle school, a young man, Daviel, shyly approached to practice his English and share a peppermint with me. Our final stop at a high school began just after classes were let out for the day, where we witnessed love struck teenagers stepping through the campus, absorbed in text messaging. These schools were by no means extraordinary beyond the children and teachers inhabiting them, yet I had the sense that they were brimming with potential, like a choir in need of better acoustics, better direction and better harmonization. I hope to share Puerto Rico’s success story as a case study a couple of years down the road... but for now, enjoy some of this issue’s articles and reviews.

Clare Friedrich, Editor

> On Tap

School of One
By Charles Linn, FAIA, Architectural Record
“Among the case studies published in the 1855 edition of Henry Barnard’s Practical Illustrations of the Principles of School Architecture was the Ingraham Primary School House in Boston. With the exception of the fireplace, and wonderfully enormous windows, its 30-by-22-foot classrooms aren’t much different from those in use today.” Read the full article here..

Case Study: Living and Learning New Family Centre
Full of sunlight and dressed in new clothes, this New Zealand learning center clearly demonstrates that with passion and vision, an existing ‘problem’, can be turned into an opportunity for all. Read the full case study on

Case Study: Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, D.C., Hickok Cole Architects
By Joann Gonchar, AIA, Architectural Record
“Since it first opened in a church basement in Northeast Washington, D.C., with 57 preschoolers in 2003, the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School (LAMB) has had a nomadic history.”
Read the full case study here..

> Newsflash

Syracuse University, IBM and New York State open Green Data Center
Syracuse University, with partners IBM and New York State, celebrated the construction of its new Green Data Center (GDC)—a showcase of world-class innovations in advanced energy-efficient information technology and building systems. Read more...

> DesignShare’s Bookshelf

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21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times
By Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
This important resource introduces a framework for 21st Century learning that maps out the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world. 21st Century content includes the basic core subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic-but also emphasizes global awareness, financial/economic literacy, and health issues. The skills fall into three categories: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills. This book is filled with vignettes, international examples, and classroom samples that help illustrate the framework and provide an exciting view of what twenty-first century teaching and learning can achieve. For more information on book visit

> Event Calendar

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series: School Design Futures - Exploring the Limits (Nottingham, UK)
Designing low carbon and sustainable schools presents a significant interdisciplinary problem for architects and designers. In the series as a whole we look beyond concern only with technological solutions to low carbon school design and consider what we can learn from the field of educational history and philosophy in reducing energy consumption and encouraging pro-environmental behaviours. Four seminars are planned:
SEMINAR ONE: 22 January 2010, School Design Futures: The role of schools in building sustainable communities. National College for School Leadership, Nottingham.
SEMINAR TWO: February 2010, Is Well-Being Key to Sustainable Schools? Exploring the more radical histories of design for health and well-being. To be held at the Planned Environment Therapy Trust Conference Centre in Cheltenham in collaboration with the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments.
SEMINAR THREE: May 2010, Education for Sustainability, new educational philosophies and designing sustainable schools – what can we learn? The Meeting Place, Oxford (tbc).
SEMINAR FOUR: September 2010, Exploring the limits of school transformation: Can schools foster notions of consuming less, aspiring differently and changing the social norms which present a barrier to lifestyle change? The Meeting Place, Oxford (tbc).

Schools of the 21st Century Symposium (Chicago)
April 9, 2010
Attendee Fee: Complimentary (a $395.00 value)
Includes lunch and conference session
Confirmation: Please allow one week for confirmation of your registration and all conference/logistical details.
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2010 School Building Expo (Navy Pier, Chicago, IL)
May 10-13, 2010
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2010 Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference (Grand Rapids, MI)
May 12-13, 2010
Relearning Learning = Relearning2
Steelcase University
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4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities
The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) is inviting submissions of schools and universities to feature in its publication 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, to be published mid-2011. Bookmark this page:

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