The furniture debate
On a special feature on school furniture, Sean McDougall argues that we need a radical overhaul of how we design school furniture, and Ray Barker provides some practical help and sources of information on how to spend the budgets we have now.
Involving special schools in the design of their space
In my new school I would like “a new clock for the left-hand side of the hall wall”, “pink chairs”, a “funny-shaped roof – a triangle” and “two or three foors on top of each other.” (Views from a Year 9 special school group).
Courtyards or Corridors, Streets or Strawberries?
Many schools embarking on the design of a new school immediately leap into a debate about which plan typology suits them best. Simon Doody of Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects describes some of the options but warns against making hasty decisions.
Standardisation: the debate
In these two articles, Mukund Patel, Deputy Director of Schools Capital Assets at the DfES, argues the case for pre-fabrication and off-site construction, whilst Sunand Prasad, of architects Penoyre and Prasad, cautions against standardised designs.
Century 21 Schools co-editor, Sharon Wright, suggests you delve deep and ask the hard questions when you visit other schools.
TreeHouse – case study of a school for children with autism
After five temporary buildings, the Treehouse Trust has at last found a site for a permanent home. Linda Redford explains the educational concept, and Stephen Coleman describes the school they are about to build.
Around the world in 80 schools
Architect John Waldron took time out to travel the world looking at learning environments. It made him realise that we may need to rethink what our schools are for, and take inspiration from unexpected places.
The joys & tribulations of a split-site school
Are the many problems for staff of a school split on sites a mile apart outweighed by the benefits for students? Michael Lewis weighs it up at King Edward VII school in Sheffeld.
Global learning environments summit
Beth Gladstone, Head of External Relations at the British Council for School Environments, looks back at the learning from their recent international conference.