Text of a talk I gave at the Université de Montréal connecting architectural ideas of the “in-between” to educational discussions on “meeting places”.
What is architecture? A helpful definition by Giancarlo De Carlo clarifies what architecture is and who’s involved.
Upcoming conferences on school architecture and school space(s).
Similar visions of school design travel the world at speed – with what effects?
Some thoughts about education and James C. Scott’s ‘Against the Grain’.
A talk I gave at the Bartlett’s Spatial Engagement Network meeting about Anarchism, Education and Space on the architect Giancarlo De Carlo.
School libraries seem to be disappearing – I suggest this is related to their being “illegible” in terms of how space in schools is valued.
A guest post by Dr Siobhan Dytham on the rules and rituals that students develop about space and sitting in school
Moving north from Florence you climb up and up, past Fiesole to a ridge formed by Mounts Calavana and Giovi … More
Aldo van Eyck put children into his architectural drawings to influence ideas of schools. Can you add “values” too in this way?
A guest post by Beatrice Balfour and Alejandra Manena Vilanova telling their story of co-designing a school near Cuenca, Ecuador.
Interview with the architect, educator and writer Jeremy Till on a range of issues involving architecture and school design.
How we fund and procure new schools matters. This post draws together some reasons why in the light of Carillion.
3 Seminars at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University exploring the role of the built environment in education and schools.
An interview with Silvia Fehrmann, curator of HKW’s conference “Schools of Tomorrow” on schools and society.
A list of organisations running architecture schools for children.
Why do governments say they build schools? It’s not as simple as providing “education”.
An Interview with Herman Hertzberger from May 2017 about Architecture’s Role in Providing Visual and Social Connections
Are evaluation and measuring a form of rhetorics? A political art of obscuring the political? What’s Post-Occupancy Evaluation got to do with it?
Some notes about a book of interviews with Italian architect and anarchist thinker Giancarlo De Carlo.
After 1968, James Ackerman, Giancarlo De Carlo and others questioned school design: why? why like this? This post revisits their questions.
For OECD and UNICEF, the well-being of UK young people is not good. Is it time to rethink the aim of school architecture?
Architecture and social media share a way of being understood as neutral things – their social production being obscured.
Professor Jill Blackmore discusses learning spaces, teachers’ work, feminism and the complexity of education.
Originally posted on code acts in education:
Ben Williamson Image: Atomic Taco The world’s largest edu-business, Pearson, partnered with one of the world’s…
A list – to be updated – of school museums (that is, museums of school life or buildings) in Europe and a few beyond.
The old village primary school (1930-2000) in Nerokourou (Crete) is now the Museum of School Life (Μουσείο Σχολικής Ζωής) and striking for its reminders of the physicality of education and material technologies of teaching and learning.
If teachers don’t have time to make flexibility happen, a learning environment isn’t flexible. This post proposes a breakdown into 4 types of flexibility based on the temporal (& other) resources users need.
A post exploring changes in the words used to talk about education e.g. the shift from “classroom” to “learning space”.
Thinking about some of the differences between school-building programmes in Australia, England and Italy got me wondering – what would … More
Catch a bus or a train and you’re now likely to see advertisements for state-funded schools. That’s odd.
Italy’s “Competition of Ideas” for Innovative Schools could stimulate architectural & educational debate.
Adrian Leaman on what makes school buildings special, PoE and managing complexity.
In 1811, Joseph Lancaster publishes his Hints and Directions for Building, Fitting Up, and Arranging School Rooms, one of the … More
You’re in a building. (And if you’re not, just pretend your app/software or whatever is a building anyway, it kind … More
Ola Uduku (Edinburgh University) speaks about the historical influence of Western pedagogies and architectural traditions and their local adaptation in school design.
…is a question posed by the architect of the school where I’m doing my research. It came up in an … More
Some ideas for seeing architecture as – amongst other things – a social science. Also a bit on why the social sciences seem to ignore architecture.
This worries me: As schools behave more like private businesses they will be in competition with one another to attract … More
To move beyond traditional measures of research impact, this post on the LSE Impact blog proposes a range of alternative … More
For a book that says almost nothing about Education – no classrooms, no students or teachers, no school architecture – … More
As the Architectural Review’s School Awards close, let’s hope the judges give due emphasis to the design of the interiors … More
Recently I’ve been learning about Post-Occupancy Evaluation, mostly from the tons of great resources at the Usable Buildings Trust. It’s … More
A video popped up on Facebook: Almost 2 years into a PhD studying a school and I’m less and less … More
Suzanne (Suzi) Hall is an ethnographer at the LSE, London, where she explores people’s lives in urban spaces. Prior to … More
Walls* are breaks (Vesely, 2013). They break into established categories of meaning and space and make new ones. They do … More
Our interactions with Google search results appear to contribute to the fetishization of Architecture as big white ribbed structures. This post explores why.
In which Marie, a 12-year-old student, explains how large, open-plan spaces feel claustrophobic.
Gert Biesta on school architecture and democracy, and learnification – a reductive reappraisal of education as learning.