Blending the Lines: New Views on Indoor and Outdoor Learning Spaces

By James Matson, AIA
Traditionally, higher education has focused on a lecture format, with the professor standing in front of a class of students. While the lecture hall format still exists, the higher education model is evolving into a more dynamic, interactive experience as colleges reimagine their approach to classroom learning amid evolving student needs and changing communication technology.

Florida Firm Designs 21st Century Schools

SchenkelShultz Architecture, is helping the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) build 21st century schools for 21st century learners. The Florida-based firm is currently designing more than 1.5 million square feet of high performance, 21st Century Schools for the DoDEA in both the United States and Europe, helping the department to modernize its sprawling educational infrastructure.

Educational Heritage Shines in New Student Center

North Carolina State University (NC State) was founded in two areas of study: agricultural, earth-based sciences and technology-driven mechanical arts. To honor this twofold heritage, Duda|Paine Architects has designed a new student union that reflects the institution’s dual origins and provides a new cultural hub for students.

Historic Chicopee High School Undergoes Upgrade

By Jessie Fetterling
A groundbreaking ceremony for the roughly $38 million renovation of the old Chicopee High School was held on July 22. The more-than-110-year-old building will undergo significant changes to convert the building into a middle school and bring the antiquated facility up to 21st century standards.

Overcrowding Audit Highlights Major Problem for NYC Schools

Nearly one in three New York City public schools experienced overcrowding during the 2012 school year, an issue neither documented nor tracked by the city’s Department of Education, according to an audit released by city Comptroller Scott M. Stringer.