Schools that don’t take the requisite time to co-design (especially empathize) with their community will often lack alignment between their vision, educational program, and physical spaces. These misalignments frequently manifest as a disconnected campus that is difficult to navigate, feels institutional, and hinders collaborative learning.
Creative, innovative schools thoughtfully consider how to organize their entire campus. The pattern diagram shows a layout using a Piazza as a school heart that has immediate adjacencies into three interdisciplinary Learning Communities – Humanities, Science, and Arts. How would you reorganize your school – spatially and educationally – if you could?
Related Patterns Joint, Shared, & Integrated Use, Learning Community, Indoor-Outdoor Connections
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- Designing Schools for Shared Use: A Pandemic Silver Lining
This article from Getting Smart showcases creative ways to use school facilities, inherently making them more of a community asset through connectivity.
- Why a School's Floorplan is So Important
This article from The 74 looks at one reason why a connected campus is important: teacher collaboration.