Build capacity in new school designs
The Canadian Education Association (CEA) has released the Fall 2016 (vol 56:3) issue of Education Canada and one of the articles is titled Building capacity: Head meets heart in Canada’s newest school designs by Stephen Hurley. The article discusses the learning and social outcomes behind the building of a new school Seven Stones Community School designed by Fielding Nair International (FNI).
“Their radical rethink of the way new schools are planned and built has given us a whole new language of school design for the 21st Century. Each of the close to thirty “Design Patterns” that make up the FNI lexicon offers a unique way of bringing a particular, research-based learning idea to life. Most FNI designs have very recognizable features: flexible learning spaces of different shapes and sizes; plenty of glass providing visual access to the outdoor environment, and to other learning spaces; large common areas creating important gathering places for staff, students and the larger community. But they are not “all the same.” An extensive consultation process preceding each build ensures that each school will be uniquely tied to the educational vision and goals held by a particular community.”
Check it out! Rowan