Donaldson’s lesson in inclusive design
One of Scotland’s signature new special schools opened in September. Donaldson’s was designed with the help of a unique participation process that allowed the fullest participation by the stakeholders and total immersion in the values and aspirations for the school for the architects. Alex McKendry reports.
The power of design literacy
It is a common mantra that students need to be involved as stakeholders in the design and refurbishment of their new schools. But with no real design knowledge it’s a pretty superfcial commitment. Catherine Duncombe explains a new project, set up by the Victoria and Albert Museum and RIBA, to give students the design literacy to really get involved.
Display Your Energy Certifcates!
The A to G of DECs: Chris Broadbent of BRE explains how the new legislation will impact on schools.
A Sensual School
Severely sensorily deprived children posed a set of unique challenges to designers who were inexpert in all aspects of their very specialised education needs. Architect Gordon Murray describes how the development of the design brief had to be radically different, as did the final building of Hazelwood School.
Extensive Multi-Sensory Environments
Late in 2006, SpaceKraft completed work on a major four-year project to design and install an extensive array of multi-sensory equipment across 20 separate areas of the new purpose-built Bridge Special School in Telford, Shropshire.
A Challenging Integration Project
Turning three successful schools into one London campus which facilitated the integration of children with physical disabilities took a lot of imagination, not least because of the space constraints.
Designing for disabled children and SEN
A new publication from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) draws together guidance on designing ‘inclusive’ school environments. Designing for disabled children and children with special educational needs argues that putting these children at the very heart of the design and build process, right from inception, will help ensure not only access and participation but also inspirational school environments.
Showcase – Multi-Sensory Environments
Designers, contractors, suppliers and Event organisers present their latest projects and products in their own words.
Inclusion, Integration and the Design Implications for Schoo
Jane Simpson, one of the foremost authorities on disability access, gives an outline of what the DDA means for schools and architects. Overleaf, Mark Blois gives a legal overview of a very diffcult piece of legislation.