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Sustainable School Design: How Hamilton + Aitken Architects Maximize Natural Light Using Vectorworks

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Sustainable School Design: How Hamilton + Aitken Architects Maximize Natural Light Using Vectorworks, Burlingame Intermediate School. Image courtesy of Hamilton + Aitken Architects.
Burlingame Intermediate School. Image courtesy of Hamilton + Aitken Architects.

“When we started out, our goal was to change the world, to do something that would really make a difference to the lives of people,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Principal Architect of Hamilton + Aitken Architects (H+AA). “And education is one of the things that really determines how people live the rest of their lives. “So, for us it’s just a wonderful feeling, to improve kids’ educational spaces.”

Taiwan Chiao Tung University ICT Workshop / Hsu Wei-Yang

23:00 - 22 April, 2019
Taiwan Chiao Tung University ICT Workshop / Hsu Wei-Yang , © lee kuo-min
© lee kuo-min
  • Architects

  • Location

    300, Taiwan, Hsinchu City, East District, 大學路1001號, Taiwan
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Hsu Wei-Yang
  • Design Team

    UPGA@WAarchi International Design Co., Ltd.
  • Design Consultant

    Ih-Cheng Lai
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Comprehensive Gymnasium of International Campus Zhejiang University / UAD

19:00 - 11 April, 2019
East facade of the Comprehensive Gymnasium. Image © Qiang Zhao
East facade of the Comprehensive Gymnasium. Image © Qiang Zhao

Overall Effect of Steel-wood Membrane Structure. Image © Qiang Zhao Enclose inner courtyard. Image © Qiang Zhao Details of Steel-wood Membrane Structure. Image © Qiang Zhao Simple and Modern Facade Windows. Image © Qiang Zhao + 22

  • Architects

    UAD
  • Location

    No.718, Hai Zhou Dong Road, Haining, Zhejiang, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Danshen Dong, Huifeng Hu
  • Design Team

    Xian Chen, Zhibin Xiao, Yun Weng, Jinghua Wang, Xin Zhou, Ping Li, Wenzheng Yang, Yi Yang, Yuefeng Diao, Guozhong Yang, Hua Lin, Qi’an Bai, Juanjuan Zhu, Yi Zhang, Ran Chu
  • Area

    14785.07 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools

08:00 - 18 November, 2018
The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools, New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects
New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects

According to architect and academic Frank Locker, in architectural education, we keep repeating the same formula from the 20th-century: teachers transmitting a rigid and basic knowledge that gives students, no matter their motivation, interests, or abilities, little to no direction. In this way, says Locker, we are replicating, literally, prisons, with no room for an integral, flexible, and versatile education.

"What do you think of when you're in a space with closed doors and a hallway where you can't enter without permission or a bell that tells you when you can enter and leave?" asks Locker.

"March of the 100 thousand umbrellas," protest in the context of the student marches of 2011 in Chile. Image © Rafael Edwards [Flickr CC] Lucie Aubrac School / Laurens&Loustau Architectes. Image © Stéphane Chalmeau Kirkmichael Primary School / Holmes Miller. Image © Andrew Lee   Saunalahti School / VERSTAS Architects. Image © Tuomas Uusheimo + 9

Stefano Corbo Studio's Design Seeks to Transform a Prague School into an "Autonomous Micro-City"

05:00 - 2 November, 2018
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio

Prague's architecture is known for a patchwork of buildings ranging in styles and eras. A recent proposal for the redesign of the Trojska Skola aims to supplement a similar cohesive attitude to the space. Titled, Dissonant Unity, the project designed by Stefano Corbo Studio explores the ways to incorporate new programs and increased public space to an existing grammar and primary school with an attached sports center, auditorium, and cafeteria.

Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio + 12

School Architecture: 70 Examples in Plan and Section

12:00 - 14 October, 2018
School Architecture: 70 Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of 70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

Building Better Schools: 6 Ways to Help Our Children Learn

04:00 - 9 October, 2018
© Velux Group
© Velux Group

Did you know that 64 million European children spend more time at school than anywhere else other than their home? European children spend approximately 200 days each year at their primary schools. With this information, how do we go about designing healthier classrooms that create productive learning environments? This question is perhaps more important than ever, as this will be the first time since the 1970s that Europe and the UK will see a boom in the construction and renovation of schools. What a tremendous opportunity this is for both architects and educators to rethink what an educational facility should be and how the physical environment can be designed to have a positive impact on learning.

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Hilltop Gallery / dEEP Architects

22:00 - 30 September, 2018
Hilltop Gallery / dEEP Architects, © Baiqiang Cao / ZERO
© Baiqiang Cao / ZERO

Courtesy of dEEP Architects © Baiqiang Cao / ZERO Courtesy of dEEP Architects © Baiqiang Cao / ZERO + 38

Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture

06:00 - 12 September, 2018
Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture , Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio Bauhaus
Hanazono Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio Bauhaus

Within the architecture field, the relationship between design and education has gained prominence, especially when it comes to children’s education. The relationship between architecture, philosophy, and sociology is well known. Frequently, when designing, issues introduced by these fields work as tools to reflect upon the relationship between the space and the user. When we consider children’s education, we must go beyond ergonomics and think of architecture as an educational tool.

Steven Holl Architects Chosen to Design University College Dublin Future Campus

06:00 - 7 August, 2018
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have been announced as winners of the University College Dublin Future Campus Competition, overcoming 98 total entries, and a shortlist of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Studio Libeskind, and UNStudio.

The winning design features seven new quadrangles designed around historic features and woodland, integrating sustainable features such as solar connectors and water retention ponds. The competition sought to express UCD’s creative abilities and strengthen its physical presence and identity, signifying a major educational project for the Irish capital.

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15 Inspiring Architecture School Buildings from Around the World

14:00 - 16 June, 2018
© Matthew Carbone
© Matthew Carbone

Architecture schools and the students they house have a particularly unique and interesting building-user relationship. Architecture students value the buildings of their school not only for providing the valuable work space necessary for constructing studio projects but also as an example and model of a building in use. As the buildings are the places where students first learn how to read and understand architecture, design schools become full-scale teaching tools that help new designers grasp structure, details, how materials perform and interact, and so many of the other core concepts of architecture. While the scrutiny of students and faculty can be exhaustive, architects have embraced the challenge of creating engaging works of architecture that both suit the specific needs of a school and take on the pedagogical challenge of educating students by example.

Early Education Center Near the Horse Farm / L&M Design Lab

17:00 - 5 June, 2018
Early Education Center Near the Horse Farm / L&M Design Lab, Inner side for storage. Image © Pengcheng Yang
Inner side for storage. Image © Pengcheng Yang

Outer side for games. Image © Pengcheng Yang Corridor for games. Image © Pengcheng Yang Staircase and climbing-wall. Image © Pengcheng Yang Arc windows from outer side. Image © Pengcheng Yang + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Xie He Lu, Changning, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Jinrui Liu, Qiong Feng
  • Project Manager

    Lan Guo
  • Design Team

    Mingxi Zou, Su Zhang, Haosheng Zhang, Endong Zhang, Xinyu Jiao, Yingyi Zhang, Qian Guo
  • Area

    560.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Astronomical Park of Zhenze High School / Specific Architects + Unit Architects

22:00 - 23 May, 2018
Daliy use of the Astronomical Park. Image © Hengzhong LYU
Daliy use of the Astronomical Park. Image © Hengzhong LYU

Interior of the Astronomy Pavilion. Image © Hengzhong LYU Spiral stairs. Image © Hengzhong LYU Aerial view. Image © Hengzhong LYU Night view of  the Planetarium Pavilion. Image © Hengzhong LYU + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    1750 Pang Yang Lu, Wujiang Qu, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Yong Zheng
  • Design Team

    Huiping Liu, Wanli Zhang, Haojie Liu
  • Astronomy Consultant

    Min Li
  • Clients

    Zhenze High School
  • Area

    6330.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

A Deep Dive Into the Sad Story of the Makoko Floating School

08:00 - 26 March, 2018
© NLÉ architects
© NLÉ architects

Within a week of its successor being awarded the Silver Lion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, the original Makoko Floating School collapsed. Designed by Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ Architects, the school was located in the Lagos Lagoon in Nigeria. Now, almost two years later, Lagos-based writer Allyn Gaestel has investigated the vulnerable coastal community and architect behind the project in a remarkable narrative nonfiction piece, "Things Fall Apart."

Tianjin Teda School / schneider+schumacher

19:00 - 21 March, 2018
Exterior glass wall. Image © arch-exist
Exterior glass wall. Image © arch-exist

Viewing school building from the playground. Image © arch-exist Horizontal component detail. Image © arch-exist Building main entrance. Image © arch-exist Vertical component detail. Image © arch-exist + 31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Michael Schumacher
  • Project Manager

    Nan Wang, Joachim Wendt, Edwin Heimberg
  • Design Team

    Edwin Heimberg, Peichen Pan, Elisabet Aguilar Palau, Xiuyuan Zhang, Luni Lu
  • Area

    62500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Perkins + Will's Prismatic Facade Scheme Wins Competition for York University Building in Toronto

14:10 - 12 March, 2018
Perkins + Will's Prismatic Facade Scheme Wins Competition for York University Building in Toronto, The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will
The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will

Perkins+Will’s triangulated facade scheme has won an international competition for the design of the new School of Continuing Studies at York University’s Keele campus outside of Toronto, Canada.

Beating out proposals from top firms, including finalists HOK andGow Hastings Architects with Henning Larsen, Perkins+Will’s design twists as it rises, both reacting to solar optimization studies and opening up the building to create a new gateway at the campus’ southeast entrance.

The School of Continuing Studies will frame an architectural gateway at the South edge of the Campus. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will The School of Continuing Studies will include a new pedestrian plaza along Pond Road. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will The School of Continuing Studies is exploring the use of mass timber to create durable, healthy, and inviting environments for students. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will The School of Continuing Studies will feature interconnected lounge spaces that support communities of learning. Image Courtesy of Perkins + Will + 4

Chaoyang Future School / Crossboundaries

22:00 - 28 February, 2018
Chaoyang Future School / Crossboundaries, © Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang

© Chaoying Yang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 30

High School and Community Centre Project Tests the Limits of Timber Log Construction

06:00 - 23 February, 2018
High School and Community Centre Project Tests the Limits of Timber Log Construction, Interior Render. Courtesy of AOR
Interior Render. Courtesy of AOR

AOR Architects, a young practice based in Helsinki, have won the commission to design Monio High School and Community Centre in Tuusula, Finland. The project explores an innovative use of timber log building and will be the largest timber log school building in the world after its completion. Consisting of a high school, music institute, and community college, AOR’s proposal combines these different programs in a multi-functional learning and community environment.

Facade. Courtesy of AOR Exterior Render. Courtesy of AOR Elevations. Courtesy of AOR Model. Courtesy of AOR + 11