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Posted by  kt on March 11, 2004 at 21:30:27:

In Reply to:  school architecture posted by gauri kelkar on February 08, 2004 at 10:46:50:

Take a look at Hans Meyers, a radical functionalist. Look at Rossi (SP?) who designed the school as a small city...they are both interesting examples of school design signifying school ideology and mission. But also take a look at the workign farms and wilderness areas that are found in courtyards in schools in Berkeley and Oregon, or the integration of schools and community, as in Dwight Elementary in New Haven, recently redeveloped by Yale students to incorporate community rooms.
You might find Strawberry Vale (by PATKAU) interesting as an alternative to the generalism of modern ed. buildings. It's passive solar, uses indoor/outdoor spaces, and a complex floorplan with pultiple intersecting planes that allow students the experience of exploration--loads of visual stimulation.
OOH. another:
MORPHOSIS did the International Elementary School in Long Beach, CA. THis one's interesting because the building attempts to be part of the students' education. Look for Betsky's article on it.
Why not look into buildings that are educational, but not schools, like the Boston CHildren's Museum (GEHRY) and museums, where playful mirrors adn programming teach that same thing, that buildings are themselves didactic.
Good Luck!

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