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Language of School Design

A completely revised 3rd Edition of The Language of School Design been released. With dozens of excellent reviews and thousands of copies sold, LOSD is a must-have resource for School Planners, Architects, Educators and Administrators.

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Fielding a Speaker at SCUP Conference in April 2015

Design Patterns for College and University Learners

“I recently attended a conference for the Society for College and University Planning where Randall’s keynote presentation was about the architectural design of future learning spaces. He presented several international projects whose designs anticipated the evolving pedagogies of student engagement, collaboration, and individualization. It was inspiring to visualize the future of education through the design of the space.”

Stephen Lehmkuhle, Chancellor
University of Minnesota Rochester

Building on the “Language of School Design, Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools,” now in its third edition, Fielding will introduce new design patterns for colleges and universities. This will be version 1.0 of a new series of publications, allowing conference attendees to get in on the ground floor of an evolving body of work.

Patterns will begin with the secret sauce of learning–the intersection of passion, skill and purpose. These key ingredients will be linked to groupings (individual, small group, large group). Group dynamics will be linked to activity types (listening, talking, writing, inventing, constructing, performing, eating, and resting). Learning activities and group dynamics will then be linked to cycles in time and space.

Fielding will illustrate the patterns with the in-progress design for a new satellite university in San Jose, Costa Rica. The project has a modest footprint with a big mission, and will take on the challenges embodied in the conference theme: Finding Common Ground: The Learning Space Challenges Facing Small & Large Institutions.

Conference: Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2015 North Central Symposium: Common Ground: Designing 21st Century Learning Space at Small & Large Institutions

Today community colleges, smaller private colleges, and larger public universities are addressing the rapid change we are seeing in the design, use, and expectations for learning environments. With the growth of active/flipped/blended pedagogies, campuses are challenged with adapting existing and designing and building new learning spaces that significantly change the space organization, as well as furnishings and technology that support the goals for improving learning outcomes. This evolution is having an impact not just on the classroom, but extends to facilities across the campus including student unions, library/learning commons, and residence facilities. The expectation for more student-centered learning options is key to engaging the Mosaic Generation—as defined by Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President, Pew Research Center—the next generation of digital learners. The program will conclude with tours of the new projects on the DMACC campus.

At this conference, attendees will learn to:

- Discuss how student demographics and new pedagogies are changing expectations for higher education facilities.

- Define how emerging technologies are impacting the design of educational facilities of the future.

- Adapt architectural and interior design to meet new pedagogical options.

- Apply how emerging technologies will impact the programming of architecture for higher education.

Read more about it here.

Randall Fielding, Featured Speaker

Session Title:
Constructing Learning, Constructing Learning Spaces

This interactive presentation and workshop takes people through a series of activities to construct understanding about what learning is and how it happens, then segues into designing spaces/ future schools where that kind of learning can be supported. Concrete examples from Kindergarten through university campuses will be presented. Strategies for renovation, new construction, furnishings, acoustical treatments, lighting and technology will be discussed, offering participants a holistic approach to learning and design.

Hawaii Schools of the Future Conference
Honolulu, November 6 and 7, 2014

The 6th annual Schools of the Future Conference - convening all-day on Thursday & Friday, November 6 & 7, 2014 at the Hawaii Convention Center - is open to all public, private, parochial and charter school educators, as well as parents and students, and business and community members, with an expected attendance of 1,200 to 1,500 educators. More than 80 presentations by keynote speakers, featured speakers and classroom teachers will share best practices over the two days of the conference.

Link to the conference website with registration information.

New Book from Prakash Nair

From the Harvard Education Publishing Group

The United States has about $2 trillion tied up in aging school facilities. School districts throughout the country spend about $12 billion every year keeping this infrastructure going. Yet almost all of the new money we pour into school facilities reinforces an existing—and obsolete—model of schooling.

In Blueprint for Tomorrow, Prakash Nair—one of the world’s leading school designers—explores the hidden messages that our school facilities and classrooms convey and advocates for the “alignment” of the design of places in which we teach and learn with twenty-first-century learning goals.

Buy the book through the Harvard Press website.

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Prakash Nair a Keynote Speaker

Prakash Nair was a keynote speaker at Mexico’s premier international education conference hosted by SM Fundación in Mexico City in March 2015. Prakash touched upon the vast opportunities for bringing world class educational opportunities to all children in Mexico and new ways to design innovative, cost effective schools.

A New Online Resource!

Saorcloc Learning is a non-profit resource for teaching and learning plus community development. Their Services draw on work with government, non-government and international schools in Ireland, Australia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Brunei and the United States. The operational principles include:

- Focus on personal and group empowerment

- Strategic delivery and implementation just-in-time

- Customized development and application

- Goal and outcome orientated approach

- Conference and seminar/workshop facilitation

- Sustained support ‘at the shoulder’ to participants

- Collaborative and participatory processes and action

- Contextualized dynamic and innovative leadership

Discover more about Saorcloc Learning by checking out their website: There you will be able to download the publication, Creative Learning for free!

New Article by Randall Fielding

CEFPI Educational Facility Planner Article Features Douglas Park School

Douglas Park Elementary School is designed to “Raise the Game” of Regina Schools by providing an incubator for the inventive learning concepts of Structural Innovation. Along with the other seed schools, new practices will evolve through the extreme flexibility of the education spaces there.

Douglas Park School is designed to launch the Structural Innovations initiative by providing spaces that support the four key practices. Flexible teaching arrangements and instructional groupings are provided by the learning community model; in this case several grade levels make up each community. Rather than teaching 30 students in one classroom, teachers share an office space to promote collaboration. Space for project-based learning is provided in flexible commons space, and inclusive practices are represented in the Developmental Centre, and throughout the campus.

See more of the article here.

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More than 150,000 architects, planners, educators, and facility decision makers visit the site each month. Architects who specify products for schools and universities make up over half of DesignShare’s total readership.

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Recent Articles

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Douglas Park School Opens in Regina

Exploring Six Principles of Sustainable School Design

A Variety of Voices: Innovative Learning Spaces Transform the Hartland-Lakeside School District

Transforming Schools for the 21st Century

The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time for Something New

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Edutopia Post by Prakash Nair

by Prakash Nair , Founding President, Fielding Nair International
Edutopia, Posted 05/08/2015

Prakash Nair questions the way our education system emphasizes the need for students to pay constant attention to a teacher:

“Are we in crisis because of short attention spans and the losing battle teachers are fighting to keep kids interested in class? Before we answer that, let us look at the word “attention” to see how this important word has been co-opted by the education establishment to represent something completely different than its true meaning.”

Nair posits that attention is not only natural to survival, but it should be directed from a teacher to their students instead. Student’s needs should come first, and their individual styles of learning be honored.

Read his post here.

Curriculum and Space Design

PBL21 is the next step in the evolution of project-based learning. Learn how to design a 21st century curriculum framework which seamlessly integrates the learning environment, critical attributes of 21st century education, multiple literacies for the 21st century and the 7 Survival Skills for the 21st Century. Workshop description plus more about what you will learn and do.

This workshop from 21st Century Schools is offered at our quarterly institutes in the United States, and can also be brought to you anywhere in the world.

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