From TV programmes showing folk learning to dance, bake, or even ski-jump, to companies now describing themselves as Learning Organisations, our world has gone learning crazy; that is a Very Good Thing.
Catholic Taste In Learning Space Design
“Forget a quadrangle for the school fete or assemblies” tempted St Luke’s Catholic College in New South Wales when it revealed plans for its new school at Marsden Park. Instead, their buildings were designed first and foremost for learning. Here, Greg Whitby and his team reflect on the influences and reasons behind their decisions.
Washrooms For All
Open plan, all-inclusive washrooms are becoming the norm in modern schools. Here, Jory Debenham reports on why they’re important for schools and what aspects are crucial for school leaders as they create more modern, student friendly spaces.
Engage Empower Enrich
Freemans Bay School in New Zealand is leading the way in implementing the government’s ‘innovative spaces’ learning strategy. Terry White shows us how an effective, learner led curriculum strategy can be fully supported using imaginative architecture.
Write Wipe Write Wipe
As dry-wipe surfaces regain and even grow in popularity in learning settings, we look at what makes a good surface, and what doesn’t as well as the constraints of each solution.
Small and mighty: a micro-school mini-revolution
This is a story of how a little revolution emerging at the peripheries of the education debate is turning assumptions about what it takes to start a school on their head.
A Hub Of Creativity And Innovation
Across the education spectrum, we are engaging in broad discussions about what the future of education can and should look like. As educational planners and architects, we collaborate with schools, organizations and the community asking tough questions and collectively rethinking the future of teaching and learning. The topic of educational change - whether it be new math, teaching cursive, or how many books to keep in the library - seems to reoccur. How can we find a way forward without losing what was so valuable and successful in the past? Brad Leeper and Kerry Weig of INVISION explain.
A Leap Of Faith
For the last 15 years, Anne Knock has had the opportunity to visit many schools in different parts of the world. Her professional focus is the future of learning and learning environments: she helps facilitate a rethink of the design of schools, and in so doing reconsider the practice of teaching, leading a 21st century mindset in education. Here she explains how she feels that shift will push us towards team teaching and what that means for the learning spaces in which they teach.
The Dutch School Where Everyone Works
Workers and co-workers: the integral components of Holland’s ‘The Workplace’ (yes, some of you might still call it a school). Here, Mie Guldbaek Broens of consultants, LOOP.bz explains how they created and continue to develop their unique educational model.