|JULY 2009 E-NEWSLETTER|
Letter from the EditorDear DesignShare Readers,
As temperatures spike this summer, DesignShare brings you more hot, spicy ideas for educational design and ice cool schools from the Kingdom of Innovation... Scandinavia. This issue features a phenomenal set of short educational and design videos, including a feature on DesignShare’s founder and school architect, Randy Fielding, as well as some tips of the trade from other architectural leaders that focus on education. Since I always think of summer as a creative season – after all, it’s a season for inventing games, making mischief, and blowing up fireworks – I’ve also included a couple links to some websites well worth checking out. I guarantee they’ll get you thinking... that is if the heat doesn’t prohibit any and all cognitive activity.
“Good design is a Renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need and beauty to produce something.”
Designing Schools for 21st Century LearnersThe Mobile Learning Institute’s film series “A 21st Century Education” profiles individuals who embrace and defend fresh approaches to learning and who confront the urgent social challenges that are part of a 21st century experience. “A 21st Century Education” compiles, in short film format, the best ideas around school reform. The series is meant to start, extend, or nudge the conversation about how to make change in education happen. View some of these tremendous videos here, including DesignShare’s Randall Fielding demonstrating the connection between where and how students learn in the 21st century.
Learning from Helsinkiby Greg Stack, K-12 Thought Leader for NAC|Architecture
Year after year Finland ranks near the top of the OECD international rankings of educational achievement. In 2008 the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) held its fall conference in Helsinki in part to observe how the built environment might be contributing to this stunning success. Greg Stack’s article reviews the experience of the conference and proposes some of the reasons that the Finns may be so successful. Read the full article here…
15 Cool High School, College and University Building DesignsSome people argue appearances don’t matter, but there’s no reason schools can’t look a bit more like this (Ørestad High School, Copenhagen). See more of Weburbanist’s top 15 coolest school designs here.
Education by Design: Part One of a Three-Piece Seriesby James E Theimer, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at TRILOGY
How does a school building become a teacher? The architects behind the scenes of DesignShare often refer to buildings as “3D Textbooks”. Here, the architects at Trilogy demonstrate that environmentalism isn’t a dirty word, but rather a survival tool for students today. Click here to read about school gardens, planting trees, renewable energy and more at Redding School of the Arts.
One Corner of the World
Case Study: Wooranna Park Primary School“Schools are one of the most interesting and challenging areas for design today. Young people spend vital hours of their lives in them, they are the workplaces of many adults, they contain many relationships and huge expectations and they absorb vast resources. School buildings are very visible and tangible expressions of our attitudes to children and learning.”
- Mary Featherston, Designer of Wooranna Park Primary School
Read the full case study and view photos here.
Kids Create – and Critique on – Social NetworksA digital-literacy program encourages kids to remake social networking in the image of learning.
by Laila Weir, EDUTOPIA
A Whole New Mind, by Daniel PinkDaniel H. Pink offers a fresh look at what it takes to excel. A Whole New Mind reveals the six essential aptitudes on which professional success and personal fulfillment now depend, and includes a series of hands-on exercises culled from experts around the world to help readers sharpen the necessary abilities. This book will change not only how we see the world but how we experience it as well. Visit Daniel Pink’s website here.
Second Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Network on Educational Facilities (Mexico)10-11 August 2009
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
Contact: Carlos Bocanegra: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safer Schools, Safer Communities: Ensuring Safe and Secure Learning Environments for Children and Young People (UK)January 18-19, 2010
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