Modern Schools: A Century of Design for Education

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 20, 2012 - Architecture - 528 pages
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Modern Schools: A Century of Design for Education is a comprehensive survey of modern K-12 schools from Frank Lloyd Wright to Morphosis—an in-depth design study that explores the fundamental relationship between architecture, education, and the design of contemporary learning environments. Its focus is on the underlying design themes and characteristic features that support and enhance basic aspects of learning and, in the process, create an architectural expression that is both meaningful and lasting. The breadth of its scope includes influences of contemporary educational ideas and practices, related design concepts and strategies, and most importantly, the resulting impact of both on real environments for learning.

This remarkable survey and project study—the first of its kind—is an essential and important sourcebook for architects, school planners, educators, and anyone else interested in contemporary school design. The body of work presented, which is international in scope, underscores the unique architectural potential of this important project type, and highlights design themes that remain fundamentally relevant for architects and designers today. Presentation material includes more than 900 contemporary and historical photographs, mostly in color, and more than 200 detailed architectural plans drawings of schools by many of the outstanding design architects of the modern era.

Modern Schools: A Century of Design for Education features the work of more than 60 architects worldwide, including twentieth century masters Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, and Eliel and Eero Saarinen, as well as contemporaries such as Morphosis, Coop Himmel(b)lau, Behnisch & Partners, and Patkau Architects, among many others.

 

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Contents

References and Documentation
EarlyModern Schools 19001930
Modern Schools and Functionalism 1930s
Postwar Modern Schools 1940s and 1950s
Evolution of the Modern School 1960s and 1970s
The Modern School Today 1980sPresent
Projects
The ChildCentered School
The Associational School
The Interactive School
The Situational School
The Circumstantial School
The Interstitial School
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

R. Thomas Hille, AIA, is an architect, designer, educator, and researcher based in Seattle, Washington. He has a special interest in school design and the architectural potential of environments for learning. He has designed a number of award-winning schools, including White River High School in Buckley, Washington, winner of CEFPI's 2005 James D. MacConnell Award for Architectural Excellence. He has taught at MIT, the University of Michigan, the Catholic University of Chile, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art. His previous publications include an interactive multimedia study of the relationship between form and meaning in architecture, and a monograph on the houses of West Coast modernist William W. Wurster.

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