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

From the Editor

Dear DesignSharers,

I’ve packed in all kinds of juicy school design news into what will be my final DesignShare enewsletter. Hardly a goodbye however, as I’ll still remain a member of the larger international design community, this is a simply a transition as I venture into new and exciting territory in New York City, my new home. It has been an honor and a pleasure bringing news tidbits from around the world to each of your inboxes each month and I look forward to keeping up with everyone through DesignShare’s blog, research contributions and awards programs. Have a very pleasant rest of your summer (or winter, for those of you on the other side of the equator) and enjoy what’s in store for you in this July edition enews.

Clare Friedrich, Editor

> On Tap

School Is Still A Place Where You Feel Connected
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.Randy Fielding, along with colleagues Dr. Stephen Heppell and Daniel Andler, were featured in the latest WISE publication, discussing pluralism, sustainability, networking, innovation and new pedagogical trends in schools. “We work in 27 countries, designing schools, and we find a lot of commonalities between them in terms of the role of school buildings. School is still a place where you feel connected, get fed, have a caring adult, a caring community,” says Fielding.
Download the publication and dialogue here.
Click here to download the full Wise Final Report!

Steelcase Takes a Desk in the Classroom
Posted by: Michael Arndt on June 14, 2010,
“There just hasn’t been any significant innovation in classroom furniture in I can’t remember when,” says Sean Corcorran, director of product development and marketing for the education solutions group at Steelcase. “We see 50-year-old chairs in classrooms today. I think there’s pentup demand.” Read the full article here....

The New 3 Rs – refresh, refurb & reusing schools
The Centre for School Design just published a report entitled ‘Rethinking schools capital investment: the new 3Rs? – Refresh, refurb, reuse. You can download it here (pdf). It has been produced in conjunction with Scott Brownrigg and Davis Langdon.

Blended Learning Intranets for K-12 Schools
Drupal is the ideal blended learning intranet platform, supporting classroom web pages that change as the work changes, content types that match project work, and organic groups for social learning. Click here to view a former school technology director’s presentation on organizational architecture and space design, both physical and virtual.

> Newsflash

USGBC workshop will focus on LEED principles in school design
Architects, engineers and developers, as well as others involved in the design, construction and administration of school projects, are invited to attend a full-day workshop focusing on incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles into school projects and reviewing the technical requirements of the LEED for Schools rating system. The course will be held on Monday, April 27, at County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J.

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 Top Hits

Big School Makeover
Big School Makeover
The Big School Makeover, a national educational program, enables schools to think about those neglected or wasted spaces for teaching and learning and change them within days. Check out their site here.

> 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).

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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