Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Quirky Spaces

It's always interesting to see any quirky or unique spaces in schools.  Touring a school opened in 2013 this week, I was really pleased to see a range of interesting spaces including this rather quirky reading space accessed from the open circulation and dining space.

It's spaces like this that attract interest and are extensively used by students.  Admittedly this school was built during the BSF (Building Schools of the Future) programme where budgets were more generous, but it is sad that budgets and designs now are so restricted that many schools are now, frankly boring providing nothing more than basic functional teaching spaces. It's location in an open space accessed extensively by staff ad students means that safeguarding is simply not an issue.

This reading alcove is fab and attracted the interest of lots of people visiting the school.  Shouldn't all schools have some space that is unique and attracts interest and excitement.

This was a high quality space - pity these are seen less and less these days!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

DEC - A Students Journey with Alison Watson

It's one years ago that I met Alison Watson in San Diego, along with her group of 11/12 year old students presenting to 700 schools architects about their work in designing school building, including their work in BIM.  This was before many architects and even learnt to use it themselves.  Needless to say they won a well deserved standing ovation.

Since then Alison has single handedly battled to gain recognition for her own curriculum which has now become the highly regarded 'Design Engineer Construct' and recognised internationally.

It therefore is really heartening to read a fabulous personal account following the journey of one student who took this aspirational curriculum and their successful journey from school to work.

If anyone deserves success it is Alison - who is now regarded as the UK's leading spokeswoman on this subject.  We are very proud that she is is a Senior Associate of the-learning-crowd.

To read the whole article, click here.