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Design Pattern: Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Life Skills areas represent the “Life” aspect of the four Thornburg learning modalities: Campfire, Watering Hole, Cave and Life.

Science Labs, Art Labs and Life Skills Areas It represents a logical coming together of the various other types of learning. Whereas science and art have strong disciplinary components to them, much of the application of science and art is multi-disciplinary. Spaces in which science and art are learned need to have the kind of richness that these disciplines themselves possess.

To learn more, order The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools (Nair, Fielding)


Traditional Classroom

Learning Studio

Learning Suite

Small Learning Community

Welcoming Entry

Student Display Space

Home Base and Individual Storage

Physical Fitness

Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Art, Music, Performance

Casual Eating Areas


Interior and Exterior Vistas

Dispersed Technology

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Furniture: Soft Seating

Flexible Spaces

Campfire Space

Watering Hole Space

Cave Space

Designing for Multiple Intelligences

Daylight and Solar Energy

Natural Ventilation

Full Spectrum Lighting

Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Text

Local Signature

Connected to the Community

Bringing It All Together

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