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Engage the Senses

Engage the Senses

Engage the Senses


Throughout the 20th century, the growing desire for bigger schools contributed to buildings that felt institutional and citadel-like. Often, the learning environments lacked basic elements of vitality, making them places where kids and adults alike didn’t feel fully alive.


Engaging the senses is a way to disrupt the institutional feel of the school, and in doing so creating safer and healthier environments. We learn more when our bodies and minds are working together; and designing with visual, acoustical, and ventilation best practices are shown to improve learning.
Smart acoustics, green spaces, distributed sensory zones, exterior vistas, creative lighting, and natural materials go a long way to make the environment a place of enriched vitality – a place where people want to be and are excited to learn.

Related Patterns Butterfly Gardens, Artistic Fence, Natural Materials, Light, Learning, & Color, Low Sensory Space

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