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Language of School Design by Nair and Fielding

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  • Introduction
  • “Enriching the Four Realms of Human Experience” essay
  • Discussion of the “Pattern Language Method”
  • Pattern 1: Classrooms, Learning Studios, Advisories and Small Learning Communities

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    A pattern describes a problem that occurs over and over again in our environment; and then describes the core of the solution in such a way that you can use the solution a million times over without ever doing it the same way twice.

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    Traditional Classrooms: Cells-and-Bells, Ford Model

    Learning Studios

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    Welcoming Entry

    Student Display Space

    Home Base and Individual Storage

    Science Labs, Art Labs and Life Skills Areas

    Art, Music and Performance

    Physical Fitness

    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 Textbook

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