“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Terry White outlines the importance and success of the Association for Learning Environment’s mission to bring the voice of students into the planning and design of learning environments and talks to those who have developed, experienced and have been inspired by the programme.
When we asked Danish designer, Lene Jensby Lange which was her favourite project, she mentioned Høsterkøb Skole – probably the project that had the lowest budget. Here she tells us why.
Changing classrooms to learning landscapes – Rosan Bosch Studio’s work can be found the world over. What is it that makes their designs so recognisable?
Ten things you should give up in 2018 for the sake of learning
Joining two classrooms together was an interesting challenge for Cambridge based architects Chadwick Dryer Clarke as Murray Hudson found out.
Advances in technology have enabled students to have much greater flexibility in how, where and when they learn. When creating an environment where students can flourish both academically and personally it is important to ensure that you plan the space from their perspective.
The University of Melbourne took to the road to establish what, worldwide, we’re discovering about innovative learning environments.
Dani Martin, Chair of the Western Australia Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia tells us what she found interesting at the latest A4LE conference in Singapore.
What do you do when you want students to develop work-ready skills? Three schools, all of whom worked with FGM Architects, created vocational spaces right in the heart of their schools, involving local businesses along the way.
Catherine Saldutti, President & Founder of LA-based content provider EduChange explains why she believes we need to re-examine the whole process of building new spaces if we want to truly re-imagine learning.
Vocational education is often required to make do with more or less adapted standard classrooms or lo-tech practical workrooms. In the first of two articles on the movement to modernize and upgrade vocational education and the serviceability of its space design, Paul Hutton reports on a very challenging project in the American West.
How the design of a new primary school in Scotland is helping feed the brain.
How do you make pupils feel at home in the classroom and improve their learning at the same time? Using his ground-breaking research Professor Peter Barrett, Emeritus Professor at the University of Salford and Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford University, explains.