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Planning and designing schools
Brubaker, C. William.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [1998]

Physical Description:
xiv, 203 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
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LB3218.A1 B78 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Educational tools, mixes of student bodies, and philosophies of learning characterize today's schools; this book seeks to illuminate the design implications for the retrofitting and new construction of elementary and secondary schools.

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Brubaker, Bordwell, and Christopher, architects with the world renowned Perkins and Will firm in Chicago, chronicle a heritage, evolution, and vision of planning and designing award winning schools. Through 22 case studies from the last ten years, they explore a wide range of designs, including prototype elementary schools, community schools, shared facilities, middle schools, innovative high schools, replacement schools, and renovated schools. Every case details how Perkins and Will architects and associates worked with educators and community members to develop unique, practical designs that respond to varied educational needs and constraints. The authors underscore the need for school architecture to reflect changing educational needs, to prevent obsolescence of schools, to create learning environments that foster educational restructuring, and to allow for the effective use of technology and the Internet. Sections on site planning, master plan development, and bidding and building processes present practical and successful suggestions. Planning and Designing Schools is an exceptional resource for architects, educators, and undergraduate and graduate students interested in designing and renovating schools to meet future educational needs. Also appropriate for school and public libraries and special libraries in education. J. A. Beckwith; Northeastern Illinois University

Table of Contents

Our Heritage: A Brief History of School Design in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Archecture for Education
State-of-the-Art Schools
Color and Light
How to Prevent Obsolete Schools
Transforming the Learning Environment
Site Planning and the Master Plan
The Planning and Building Process
Designing Schools with Character
20/20 Vision and Choice for the Future