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Education Report Roundup

Report Suggests How New Schools Should Be Designed

By Laura Greifner — June 16, 2006 1 min read

Schools in the 21st century should be constructed with more diverse learning environments and should be more integrated with their communities, a report on school design says.

“Report From the National Summit on School Design” is available from the American Architectural Foundation.

The report—produced by the Washington-based American Architectural Foundation and the Cincin-nati-based KnowledgeWorks Foundation—recommends designing schools to support a variety of learn-ing styles, fostering a “small school” culture, and engaging the public in the planning process, among other suggestions.

The recommendations come from an October 2005 meeting of more than 200 educa-tors, architects, civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, and local government officials.