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Design Pattern: Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Text

Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Text

Today, the term “High Performance” is a buzzword in school design — and rightly so.

Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Textbook High performance refers both to the performance of the building itself, as well as to those who live and work in the buildings. In a school setting, sustainable design becomes an excellent teaching tool. It can become a dynamic model to teach architecture, engineering, construction, and environmental science in harmony with nature.

To learn more, read 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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