Archinect - News 2015-12-01T18:55:43-05:00 Did the architecture of your schools leave an impression on you? Justine Testado 2015-10-20T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T17:03:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'None of the buildings seemed built to impose and in all of them one had the sense that what mattered about a room was the spirit and determination with which it was filled, and the uses to which ingenuity could put it. When I want to remember what a first-class education felt like, that is the architecture I remember, and it mattered solely because of what people did with it.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>It seems that no matter how many years have passed, those schoolyard memories &mdash; whether cheerful or hellish &mdash; will always be buried in the back of our minds. In light of the 2015 Stirling Prize <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently awarded</a> to the Burntwood School in Wandsworth, London, some of The Guardian's writers share how the architecture of their educational stomping grounds as youngsters impacted them.</p><p>Do you relate to any of their stories? Which school campus from your own experiences left the strongest impression?</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 RIBA Stirling Prize awarded to the Burntwood School by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris</a></p><p><a title="How architects are redesigning schools that encourage kids to eat healthier" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architects are redesigning schools that encourage kids to eat healthier</a></p><p><a title='MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group to propose "Bauhaus of Africa" at U.N. Summit</a></p><p><a title="A helping hand: Glasgow School of Art receives detailed Mackintosh Building sketches from Ph.D. alumnus, as restoration plan progresses" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A helping hand: Glasgow School of Art receives detailed Mackintosh Building sketches from Ph.D. alumnus, as restoration plan progresses</a></p> How architects are redesigning schools that encourage kids to eat healthier Justine Testado 2015-08-20T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:47:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The design of a school itself might matter as much as something like a gym class. 'The environments in which we live affect not just our behaviors, but our lifelong attitudes about things like healthy eating and active lifestyles...It's also clear that it's so much better to help prevent children from becoming obese than to try to help adults lose weight.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Abandoned schools = new development opportunities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abandoned schools = new development opportunities</a></p><p><a title='"Active design" movement wants to trick you into taking the stairs' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Active design" movement wants to trick you into taking the stairs</a></p><p><a title="Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a title="New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Parsons-led collaborative aims to make affordable housing healthier</a></p> Architecture for All Ages: The top “youth-inspired” projects of 2014 Justine Testado 2014-12-29T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Curiosity is a driving force in architecture, design, and just about every creative field. Whether it was through collaborative projects in grade school, reading comic books, or sitting in a corner doodling away, it's not unusual for creative practitioners to say their interests were formed during their childhood and teenage years, if not somehow reaffirmed later in life.</p><p>Below is a loosely threaded list of end-of-the-year picks (in no particular order) of fun and educational projects that focus on youth participation as well as projects that echo childhood nostalgia and curiosity. Just like the kid who always asks "Why?", these fun uplifting projects are a reminder that inquisitiveness should never run dry and, regardless of age, learning never stops.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Never Too Young; 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children</strong></a> &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The winning narratives of the first Fairy Tales Architecture Competition </strong></a>&darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>"Constructing Holden Caulfield": Learning to build character through literary arc...</strong></a></p> A classroom for the 21st century: where are the best places for learning? Archinect 2013-05-14T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:07:20-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... how does using a different physical space have an impact on learning? Bosch argued that changing the environment helps teachers and students to break free from old habits: "One of the things you can do is create an environment where you cannot function the same way as you used to. What happens when you go out of the school into a theatre, you have to improvise. When you improvise, you start learning and developing."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture for Humanity Announces Strategic Partnership with The Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council Archinect 2013-03-12T19:02:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T18:29:34-04:00 <img src="" width="229" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architecture for Humanity announced their strategic partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The announcement comes in conjunction with today&rsquo;s release of the Center for Green Schools 2013 State of our Schools Report, which calls for the federal government to commission the first comprehensive study of our nation&rsquo;s school facilities needs in 18 years. Together the two groups hope to join others in eliminating our nation&rsquo;s deferred school maintenance bill through implementation of school improvement projects, addressing financing and providing tools to educators. The report estimates that $271 billion is needed to bring existing school buildings up to code &ndash; double that amount if we are to modernize schools - and that further research is needed to clarify how and where this investment should be targeted.</p> <p> About 50 million students attend nearly 100,000 public elementary and secondary schools across the United States. One in four stu...</p> After Newtown, Architects Weigh School Design Changes Archinect 2012-12-22T17:46:00-05:00 >2012-12-30T18:33:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark Simon, a founding partner of Centerbrook Architects and Planners, agrees. &ldquo;I think [bars and other fortifying techniques] send the wrong message to both kids and teachers,&rdquo; he says. Based in Centerbrook, Connecticut, Simon has designed 20 school buildings, including five public elementary schools, though none in Newtown. &ldquo;Buildings tell stories, and when a building is designed that way, it tells you that it doesn&rsquo;t trust you. And kids intuit that they&rsquo;re not trusted,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kids: Architecture is Good for You Archinect 2012-10-23T14:55:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:42:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After seeing &ldquo;Best School in the World,&rdquo; a Center for Architecture exhibition on the progressive learning environments where Finnish students to the top of world rankings, New York&rsquo;s Justin Davidson aligned the layout of these schools more&nbsp;with tech company offices. We&rsquo;ve rounded up a few of the design perks that your middle-school self never dreamed of.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href=";expid=242" target="_blank"><em>The Best School in the World</em></a> exhibition explores this question from an architectural perspective: in what types of environments does learning take place today, and what kinds of physical settings are the most conducive to successful learning?</p> 33 Alternatives to University or Design School in Europe Archinect 2012-05-14T20:45:00-04:00 >2012-05-15T11:51:09-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To do things differently, it helps to connect with new people and contexts. Universities and design schools seldom make that easy... This handout contains the most interesting ones we&rsquo;ve found so far. It includes [with their permission] the findings of a scoping study for Schumacher College in England. No quality judgment is implied by inclusion in (or omission from) this list.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>