Hallways often take up to 30% of a school’s spatial footprint, though frequently do not function as a learning space. Consequently, hallways divide and isolate learning spaces, working against many 21st century goals such as collaboration, interdisciplinary approaches, and social & emotional well-being.
An active hallway can turn a problem into an opportunity. Using agile furnishings, interactive surfaces, and small group zones, the hallway becomes a place of gathering and learning. In doing so, active hallways can connect an entire campus and begin the process of converting traditional “cells-and-bells” into learning communities.
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- The Hallway as a Classroom
This article from Arrow Street begins to describe how schools can better utilize hallways for learning.
- Design Patterns Collection: Active Hallway by Fielding International
This 2-minute video (below) describes how and why to utilize this design pattern.