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Dalry Primary – An Innovative Scottish Case Study
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Articles from the OECD Programme on Educational Building’s PEB Exchange. Articles cover examples of innovative new educational building projects, new technologies, trends in educational architecture, and related management and policy issues.
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  N° 2008/15   01 Oct 2008 Click to Access:  Dalry Primary – An Innovative Scottish Case Study
Malcolm Summers
In presenting this case study of an innovative school building in Scotland, the author describes its unique design features, conveys the viewpoints of the users, client and design team, and reveals the lessons learned. Dalry Primary, North Ayrshire Introduction Dalry Primary School in North...
  N° 2008/14   01 Oct 2008 Click to Access:  In Slovenia, Šoštanj Primary School Collaborates with Its Community
Emmanuel Cercek
Šoštanj Primary School offers a learning process which can enrich traditional forms of schooling. It demonstrates how a school, including its infrastructure, can influence family life and the environment, creating new social patterns and a local identity. Pupils and teachers are involved in...
  N° 2008/13   01 Oct 2008 Click to Access:  A Second Chance School in Hungary
László Limbacher
Hungary’s Belvárosi Tanoda Secondary School offers an informal, flexible environment and alternative teaching methods for students who have had problems in other schools. The Belvárosi Tanoda (which translates as downtown school) is a second chance school for students who have dropped out of...
  N° 2008/12   01 Oct 2008 Click to Access:  Open Plan Schools in Portugal
Miguel Martinho, José M. R. Freire da Silva
Open plan schools have been largely contested in Portugal; many teachers, administrators and even parents consider this model of schooling inappropriate and therefore a failure. Recently however the Escola da Ponte, one of the open plan schools that has survived, was recognised as one of the...
  N° 2008/11   01 Oct 2008 Click to Access:  OECD Work on Future Educational Environments
Henno Theisens, Francisco Benavides, Hanna Dumont
Designing school buildings to respond to change is not a new idea. But perhaps what is different today is the kind and degree of change which we have to anticipate. The OECD is carrying out projects that can help in the planning and design of future educational facilities – exploring trends in...
  N° 2008/10   01 June 2008 Click to Access:  Sustainable Education Campus in Spain
Pablo Campos Calvo-Sotelo
The sustainable education campus project for San Agustín de Guadalix is based on an innovative concept of urbanism and architecture. The campus design and landscape aim to support training and exemplify sustainability.
  N° 2008/09   01 June 2008 Click to Access:  Primary School Architecture in Portugal
José M. R. Freire da Silva
Describing primary schools in a small city in Portugal is an opportunity for an overall look at the evolution of schools in general as special public buildings. A look at four of the six primary schools in the city of Caldas da Rainha shows how these public buildings have evolved, what they...
  N° 2008/08   01 June 2008 Click to Access:  A Flexible School for Early Childhood Education in Italy
Giorgio Ponti
The design of this flexible school for early childhood education in Milan, Italy, takes into account children’s development and the different ways they experience space according to their age. The facilities will include not only a nursery school and kindergarten, but also a drop-in day-care...
  N° 2008/07   01 June 2008 Click to Access:  Special Primary School Complex in the United Kingdom
Mark Robinson
Booker Park School is a new complex for pre-primary children and primary pupils with a range of behavioural and learning difficulties. To respond to the pupils’ varied needs, the school facilities offer a high degree of flexibility and a quality environment for learning.
  N° 2008/06   01 Feb 2008 Click to Access:  Evaluating School Facilities in Brazil
Sheila Walbe Ornstein, Nanci Saraiva Moreira
Brazil’s São Paulo Metropolitan Region is conducting a performance evaluation pilot study at three schools serving disadvantaged populations. The objective is first to test methods which can facilitate Post Occupancy Evaluations (POEs) and then to carry out the evaluations. The preliminary...
  N° 2008/05   01 Feb 2008 Click to Access:  Implications of Curriculum Reform for School Buildings in Scotland
W. Scott-Watson
Scotland’s Building Excellence programme is exploring the implications of curriculum reform for school building design. It includes events which bring together teachers, designers, school managers and local authorities.
  N° 2008/04   01 Feb 2008 Click to Access:  US Academic Libraries
Susan McMullen
In 2007, the author examined existing academic libraries in the United States to determine best practices for the design, implementation and service of learning commons facilities. A primary objective of this study was to discover how to create a higher education learning environment that...
  N° 2008/03   01 Feb 2008 Click to Access:  Changing School Architecture in Zurich
Mark Ziegler, Daniel Kurz
Changes in the way education is delivered has contributed to the evolution of school architecture in Zurich, Switzerland. The City of Zurich has revised its guidelines for designing school buildings, both new and old. Adapting older buildings to today’s needs presents a particular challenge....
  N° 2008/02   01 Feb 2008 Click to Access:  New Zealand: Modernising Schools in a Decentralised Environment
Bruce Sheerin
The government of New Zealand delegates property expenditure decisions to each individual school. Such a decentralised environment creates a challenge for school boards and principals to obtain advice on the complex issues around designing schools. To inform schools, the Ministry of Education...
  N° 2008/01   01 Feb 2008 Click to Access:  Modernising Portugal's Secondary Schools
Teresa V. Heitor
In March 2007, the Portuguese government announced an ambitious plan to modernise secondary schools by improving the quality and usefulness of its teaching and learning facilities, while putting schools back into the centre of the community of which they are an integral part.
  N° 2007/12   01 Sep 2007 Click to Access:  Green Buildings in Use
Chris Watson
This article briefly describes users’ experiences of two "green" education buildings. It goes on to conclude that stakeholders’ negotiation of building performance is necessary to minimise environmental impact, just as it is necessary to achieve other aspects of building performance.
  N° 2007/11   01 Sep 2007 Click to Access:  Sustainability Actions in Australia
Jenni Webster, Leigh Robinson, Kelvin Trimper, Stan Salagaras
Presented here are Australian case studies of educational buildings with environmentally sustainable designs – an upper secondary school complex and a university learning centre – and sustainability initiatives by a private developer working in collaboration with government authorities.
  N° 2007/10   01 Sep 2007 Click to Access:  Using Minimum Energy in Ireland's Schools
John Dolan
This article explains how Ireland has incorporated low energy design into primary and post-primary schools and gives an overview of projects that have helped inform this approach.
  N° 2007/09   01 Sep 2007 Click to Access:  School Buildings in Greece
Panagiotis Al. Patargias, Kalianou Angela, George Galanis, Marina Vassilopoulou, Maria Drosou, Christos Protogeropoulos
Greece’s School Buildings Organisation (SBO) is developing bioclimatic pilot schemes which are yielding positive results. Bioclimatic action has been one of the principal priorities of Greek school infrastructure planning since 2004. Among the activities undertaken by SBO to use renewable...
  N° 2007/08   01 Sep 2007 Click to Access:  Japan's Eco-school Programme
Masayuki Mori
Since 1997 several ministries in Japan have collaborated on an eco-school programme, which applies to both newly constructed and renovated school buildings, in an effort to make its schools more environmentally friendly.
  N° 2007/07   01 May 2007 Click to Access:  Ireland's Cherry Orchard National School
O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, Shán Ó Cuív
This recently completed primary school illustrates how architecture can contribute to creating a safe and warm environment in a difficult area and can meet the particular needs of the student community. In its first year in operation, Cherry Orchard National School is proving to be a successful...
  N° 2007/06   01 May 2007 Click to Access:  South Africa's School Infrastructure Performance Indicator System
Jeremy Gibberd
While some South African schools have excellent infrastructure, others lack basic services such as water and sanitation. The school infrastructure performance indicator system (SIPIS) project offers an approach that can address both the urgent provision of basic services as well as support the...
  N° 2007/05   01 May 2007 Click to Access:  A New Creative Learning Centre at a Girls School in Australia
Amanda Bell
Brisbane Girls Grammar School’s new Creative Learning Centre was conceived to group arts studies which were previously scattered across the campus and to serve all students as a meeting place and technology hub. The building is specifically designed to provide the most flexible and...
  N° 2007/04   01 Mar 2007 Click to Access:  Serious Incident Management in Australia
Ike Ellis, Sara Thorley-Smith
As part of its efforts to ensure school safety, the government of New South Wales, Australia, has developed simulation exercises to better prepare principals to manage serious incidents, in collaboration with police.
  N° 2007/03   01 Mar 2007 Click to Access:  School Security Assessment Programme in Australia
John Marrapodi
Since 1999 the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia has operated a successful security risk management programme. Its strategy is to help school principals both evaluate whether existing controls comply with security procedures and provide adequate, cost-effective levels of...
  N° 2007/02   01 Mar 2007 Click to Access:  "Intelligent" Primary School Project in Italy
Giorgio Ponti
Construction work is about to begin on a new "intelligent" primary school for 300 students (later to be expanded for 600) in the Municipality of Solaro in the province of Milan. This is the fi rst primary school building in Italy designed according to the principles of the "intelligent school"...
  N° 2007/01   01 Mar 2007 Click to Access:  Higher Education Facilities
Francisco Marmolejo, Reynold Gonzalez, Nils Gersberg, Suvi Nenonen, Pablo Campos Calvo-Sotelo
Issues that will shape the future of higher education institutions and new trends in campus architecture were the themes of a recent international seminar. Francisco Marmolejo, former consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), presents here an overview...
  N° 2006/09   01 Nov 2006 Click to Access:  Queen Margaret University College's Sustainable, Community Campus
Susan Woodman
The new campus of Queen Margaret University College in the United Kingdom is designed to be a sustainable educational and community resource. Early consultation with students and staff on the campus design revealed a strong desire for a sustainable environment, with plenty of green space for...
  N° 2006/08   01 Nov 2006 Click to Access:  Design Quality Indicator for Schools in the United Kingdom
In December 2005, the United Kingdom launched a process for evaluating the design quality of primary and secondary school buildings. The Design Quality Indicator (DQI) for Schools is a tool that can assist stakeholders – teachers, parents, school governors, students, community members, local...
  N° 2006/07   01 Nov 2006 Click to Access:  Accessibility Programme and School Restoration in Lisbon
Pedro Homem de Gouveia, Nuno Morais, António Miranda
The City of Lisbon, Portugal, is working to better integrate children with disabilities at primary school level. It recently has undertaken an accessible school programme and has restored an historic building as part of this effort.
  N° 2006/06   01 Nov 2006 Click to Access:  Public-Private Partnerships in Flanders
Geert Leemans
Belgium’s Flemish government recently approved a EUR 1 billion investment in school infrastructure through public-private partnerships, its first major initiative of this kind. The Flemish Community’s variant of public-private partnerships in school building allows the government to meet urgent...
  N° 2006/05   01 Nov 2006 Click to Access:  Education Facilities for Young Children
Anne Meade, Fiona Ross
Educational buildings and grounds can provide a supportive and stimulating environment for the learning process as well as contribute to greater community needs. These issues were addressed at an international conference entitled "Making Space: Architecture and Design for Young...
  N° 2006/04   01 Feb 2006 Click to Access:  Progress on Evaluating School Buildings in Scotland
Keith Thomson
In June 2004, the Scottish Executive published guidance on evaluating completed school building projects, Building Our Future: Scotland’s School Estate, as part of the School Estate Strategy; the guidance included a case study evaluation at an Edinburgh primary school (see PEB Exchange, no. 53,...
  N° 2006/03   01 Feb 2006 Click to Access:  Ireland's Refurbished St. John's Central College
Sarah Mulrooney
St. John’s Central College, the third largest further education institution in Ireland, recently expanded and refurbished its facilities. The resulting site is more open to the community, and the new building spaces are designed in accordance with their social and academic functions.
  N° 2006/02   01 Feb 2006 Click to Access:  The Mawson Centre
Kelvin Trimper
In the knowledge society of the 21st century everyone – not only children but every person, enterprise and organisation – will need ongoing access to a full range of quality education and training services. This principle, often espoused by the OECD and endorsed by the ministers of education in...
  N° 2006/01   01 Feb 2006 Click to Access:  Evaluating Quality in Educational Facilities
Allen Abend, Sheila Walbe Ornstein, Emmanuel Baltas, Jaime de la Garza, Chris Watson, Kurt Lange, Hannah von Ahlefeld
In 2005, the OECD Programme on Educational Building (PEB) organised two international experts’ group meetings to discuss how countries define and evaluate quality in educational facilities. The research and experiences of six experts are presented in this article, in addition to the lessons...
  N° 2005/15   01 Oct 2005 Click to Access:  Planning, Designing and Managing Higher Education Institutions
William A. Daigneau, Mark S. Valenti, Sylvana Ricciarini, Stephen O. Bender, Nicole Alleyne, Michael Di Grappa, Josep M. Duart, Francisco Lupiáñez, Miguel Angel Ehrenzweig Sanchez
Developed below is a selection of the ideas and case studies presented at the conference on "Planning, Designing and Managing Higher Education Institutions", in San José, California (United States): Megatrends and myths which influence facilities management practices. The technology-enabled...
  N° 2005/14   01 Oct 2005 Click to Access:  An Urban Renewal School Project in Italy
Giorgio Ponti
The restoration of an historic school building in Battipaglia, Italy, will provide new public facilities and is hoped to boost urban renewal. The municipality of Battipaglia, in the province of Salerno, held an architectural competition for renovating the E. De Amicis Primary School and the...
  N° 2005/13   01 Oct 2005 Click to Access:  School Grounds in Austria
The Austrian Institute for School and Sport Facilities (ÖISS), responsible for providing the country with guidelines, information and consultation in the field of school building, places special emphasis on school grounds. The ÖISS works to raise awareness of the importance of school grounds...
  N° 2005/12   01 Oct 2005 Click to Access:  The University of Salamanca's New Campus
Pablo Campos Calvo-Sotelo
The University of Salamanca in Spain has planned a new campus rooted in the local culture, geography, architecture and academic tradition. It will be built in the adjacent municipality of Villamayor, along the bank of the river Tormes. The master plan defines the basic features for what is one...
  N° 2005/11   01 Oct 2005 Click to Access:  Structures for Learning in New Zealand
Bruce Sheerin
The New Zealand Ministry of Education is undertaking a project to provide information that can assist schools to design quality environments that will improve student learning outcomes. The project started in 2004 with the ministry surveying boards of trustees, principals, teachers and students...
  N° 2005/10   01 June 2005 Click to Access:  Creating 21st Century Learning Environments
Phan Pit Li, John Locke, Prakash Nair, Andrew Bunting
What is involved in creating learning environments for the 21st century? How can school facilities serve as tools for teaching and meet the needs of students in the future? What components are required to design effective schools, and how does architecture relate to the purposes of schooling?...
  N° 2005/09   01 June 2005 Click to Access:  Energy-Efficient Renovation of Educational Buildings
Heike Erhorn-Kluttig, Ove Mørck
Case studies demonstrating energy-efficient renovation of educational buildings collected by the International Energy Agency (IEA) provide information on retrofit technologies, energy-saving approaches and ventilation strategies. Some general findings are presented here along with one case...
  N° 2005/08   01 June 2005 Click to Access:  An Asset Management System for School Buildings in Quebec
Dino Gerbasi
Presented here are the major reasons why an asset management system (AMS) is needed, a brief history of their evolution and a description of the initiative undertaken by Quebec to implement such a system. The appendix contains the recommended basic requirements for an asset management system.
  N° 2005/07   01 June 2005 Click to Access:  The National Maritime College of Ireland
Eamonn Greville
The new National Maritime College of Ireland is regarded as the country’s most exciting and innovative development in maritime training and education and is the first tertiary institution to be built and operated under the government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of procurement. The...
  N° 2005/06   01 Feb 2005 Click to Access:  The Netherlands' Firebird School
Susan Stuebing
Innovative teaching methods and organisational change make new demands on our future learning environments. The Brink and the Laak Clusters are two related examples of a new type of building for a community in the Netherlands. The Firebird School (Vuurvogel), a primary school for students from...
  N° 2005/05   01 Feb 2005 Click to Access:  'Joinedupdesignforschools' in the United Kingdom
Joinedupdesignforschools explores how good design can improve the quality of life in schools by listening to the voices of the clients: pupils. The programme is an initiative in the United Kingdom that joins client teams of pupils with the country’s leading design practices to provide solutions...
  N° 2005/04   01 Feb 2005 Click to Access:  Italy's Intelligent Educational Training Station
Giorgio Ponti
The Intelligent Educational Training Station has been developed in Italy to meet emerging school building needs. The project, for schools from the primary to upper secondary level, proposes flexible architecture for an "intelligent school" network, and was developed by CISEM, the Centre for...
  N° 2005/03   01 Feb 2005 Click to Access:  Ireland's Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions
Gerry O’Sullivan
The largest-ever evaluation of an Irish research programme has concluded that the PRTLI is "the beginning of a major and most beneficial transformation of the research landscape of Ireland that will help to install an innovation-driven economy". The PRTLI, the Programme for Research in Third...
  N° 2005/02   01 Feb 2005 Click to Access:  Building Schools for the Future in the United Kingdom
Mukund Patel
State-of-the-art school buildings can improve educational standards and have a positive effect on everyone who uses them. That is why England’s Department for Education and Skills (DfES) launched an ambitious five year strategy to improve educational facilities for all children in the country...
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