Urban Schools : Designing for High Density book cover
1st Edition

Urban Schools
Designing for High Density

ISBN 9781859468814
Published February 17, 2020 by RIBA Publishing
160 Pages

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Book Description

When space is tight how can a city provide the best education experience for children? Is a multi-storey school really a poor option? Can high-quality play opportunities be provided without playgrounds?  This book explores the design of schools in urban settings, the increased challenges in meeting the typical expectations of school design, and what the successful new typology of a school in a city might be. A practical guide as well as a theoretical exploration of ideas, this book outlines successful international contemporary and historical case studies, providing much-needed guidance for architects and others working in education design in dense urban environments.

Table of Contents

1. Urbanisation- friend or foe?  2. The child in the city  3. Reimagining urban schools  4. Small people, large scale  5. User experience  6. Mixed use developments  7. School in a tower block 8. Access to outside- external space  9. The only way is up Conclusions

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Helen Taylor is an architect and Director of Practice at Scott Brownrigg, with more than 17 years’ experience in education design from Nursery to Further Education. Dr Sharon Wright is a leading education space planner, having worked on school capital projects for the past 15 years. She authored the DfE publication ‘Designing Schools for Extended Services’ and was interim Chief Executive of the British Council for School Environments.