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An Oregon (US) community seeks something bold as they move forward with the creation of true 21st century schools. Powerful vision, it seems:

“People tend to think about designing buildings based on what they already know,” said Ken Noah, the district’s superintendent. “I wanted us to think about serving students in 2025 and 2050 — the concept, goals and vision of a 21st-century high school.”

And for this community, it appears to be moving beyond the buiding itself:

While neighboring school districts are making the final push for support of Nov. 7 bond measures, the Gresham-Barlow School District is unveiling the first step in its 2008 bond campaign.

On Tuesday night, a committee of community members and district staff presented its vision of a new high school in Damascus. But, the recommendations had little to do with architecture, paint color and carpet choices.

So. What does a school that truly serves and engages students in 2025 and 2050 look like? And how do we answer that question in a way that combines the design with the mission?

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