232 pages | 29 B/W Illus.
Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore examines the role of the contemporary public school as an instrument of urban design.
The central case study in this book, Henderson-Hopkins is a PK-8 campus serving as the civic centrepiece of the East Baltimore Development Initiative. This study reflects on the persistent notions of urban renewal and their effectiveness for addressing the needs of disadvantaged neighbourhoods and vulnerable communities. Situating the master plan and school project in the history and contemporary landscape of urban development and education debates, this book provides a detailed account of how Henderson-Hopkins sought to address several reformist objectives, such as improvement of the urban context, pedagogic outcomes, and holistic well-being of students.
Bridging facets of urban design, development, and education policy, this book contributes to an expanded agenda for understanding the spatial implications of school-led redevelopment and school reform.
"Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore: Rethinking the 21st Century Public School offers valuable insight into the powerful roles that schools and anchor institutions play in place-based development and community building. Through his depiction of the development of Baltimore’s Henderson-Hopkins School, Ozay deftly highlights the iterative and difficult process of planning and development and the dynamic and often fraught relationships between designers, developers, public officials and communities. The story illustrates why any act of architecture or planning should be grounded in an understanding of the community’s unique socioeconomic and physical context and the necessity of engaging people in a meaningful, collaborative process anchored by a collective vision and values."
Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA
Director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence at the Bruner Foundation
"Erkin Ozay’s account of the Baltimore Schools is truly masterful at many levels: at exposing the importance of past reforms and their cumulative impact on education today, at explicating the complexities, challenges and benefits of the collaborative process in the programming and design of educational facilities, and at conveying to its readers, in a responsibly uplifting way, the crucial role that architecture plays in enlivening education and democracy while it is being enlivened by them."
Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, MIT
List of Figures
Preface: From Dunbar to Henderson-Hopkins
Introduction: Why Henderson-Hopkins Matters?
Chapter One: Baltimore and Its Schools
Chapter Two: Competing Visions for Middle East
Chapter Three: School as Anchor
Chapter Four: A New Park and a New School
Chapter Five: Between City and Classroom
List of Interviews
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