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

From the Editor

Dear DesignSharers,

With summer just around the bend, things are heating up around DesignShare. In this month’s issue, we bring you a case study full of warm woods, sun filled nooks, and heart-thumping drum beats. You’ll also find links for energy saving tips in school buildings (published by the U.S. Department of Energy) and student designs for an energy-efficient “school of the future.” Make sure you check out the numerous events coming up this summer and fall! Have an enjoyable month.

Clare Friedrich, Editor

> On Tap

Case Study: Indian Community School, Milwaukee
The building follows the natural rolling topography of a former farm while preserving the remnant hardwood forest on the site. Prairie and wetlands were restored as an outdoor learning experience. Nature and those dwelling inside the structure are seamlessly connected as every space provides unique associations with the exterior environment. The school strives to maintain the connection between the students and land. Read full case study here....

CEFPI Sponsors New EnergySmart Schools Guide
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a free publication: The Guide to Operating and Maintaining EnergySmart Schools. Read article and download publication here....

What Everyone's Watching: Top 5 Educational Videos
Edutopia featured 5 videos in their latest newsletter... must-sees if you will. With leading experts like Howard Gardner and Pixar’s Randy Nelson, you won’t want to skip these. Click here to view the video links....

> Newsflash

Barnette Magnet School students win national award for green school design
by Molly Rettig, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The school of the future is a net-zero-energy building with three triangular wings, a solar array, green roof, spherical dome and astronomy aqua-tower, all straddling a river. And it resides in Fairbanks. SubZero Middle School is a futuristic model designed by 10 students from Barnette Magnet Middle School.“You get a bunch of 12- and 13-year-olds together, and it’s amazing. It’s unbridled imagination,” said local architect Steve Keller, who helped students with the project and accompanied them to D.C. “They’re thinking like adults, but they don’t have the constraints that full-grown adults have.” Read complete article here...

The LEARNING BY DESIGN 2011 Call for Entries is now available! In 2011, the magazine celebrates its 20th year as the premier source for education design excellence. Make sure your firm is part of this high-profile celebration! Download the Call for Entries for the Spring 2011 Edition (published in April 2011).

Spring 2011 Edition Deadlines:
  • Early Bird Deadline: July 16, 2010
  • Final Deadline: September 30, 2010
  • Entry binders due: October 8, 2010

> DesignShare’s Bookshelf

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Leading 21st-Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement
By Lynne M. Schrum Barbara B. (Barry) Levin
Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin's LEADING 21ST CENTURY SCHOOLS: HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR ENGAGEMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT tells how to create a tech-savvy school in keeping with the newly updated NETS-A standards. From ethical and legal considerations to recommended activities and resources, this packs in 21st century skills from creating wikis and blogs to social networking. Top picks for any education library.

> 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).

2010 AIA Convention
Design for the New Decade
Miami, FL | June 10-12, 2010

CEFPI Conference Learning in a Flat World
San Jose, California | September 25-27, 2010

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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