Monday, 16 February 2009

'imagine'...21st century learning environments - a fab new website and guide!!

Last week saw the launch, by Partnerships for Schools (PfS), of a brand new website called 'imagine'. This fabulous new website, sponsored by PfS and Balfour Beatty, showcases examples of innovative school design from around the world and has been launched to inspire students, teachers and architects involved in the Building Schools for the Future and other school renewal programmes.

The 'imagine' website features research by architecture experts from the University of Sheffield, sponsored by Balfour Beatty, who have reviewed around 150 schools, colleges and universities from the UK and overseas. The project was inspired by Balfour Beatty and has been developed over a couple of years to help inform staff involved with BSF projects.

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) have issued a press release launching the 'imagine' website hailing it as an accessible way to help spread good practice. To read the PfS press release click here.

'imagine' will be updated on a regular basis, with new schools added along with a quarterly paper focusing on a key issue in the design of learning environments.

Anything that helps encourage intelligent discussion about new school designs and innovation will always be welcomed.... this is a great tool.

To accompany the launch of 'imagine' at the BSEC Conference in Manchester last week, was a fantastically designed little booklet, 'Challenge your thinking on design for learning' containing a few key questions and some post card size images of recent school designs from around the world.

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