Don’t Just Rebuild Schools—Reinvent Them

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“If we simply repair broken structures, we will ignore the real problems with American education while giving renewed life to a model of teaching and learning that has been obsolete since the end of the industrial era.” Download the article here.

Porirua College transformed into high-tech learning environment

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Fielding Nair International FNI was the planning and design consultant for this project — including Te Ara Hou Ala Fou and the forthcoming school rebuild. Some very positive comments from the staff and students: “The kids are different — being kind to each other — and have a different attitude to their learning.” Download the… Read more »

Democratic Architecture: The Community Centre Model

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Anneberg Institute at Brown University, Voices in Urban Education, Spring 2008 This paper by Annalise Gehling and Prakash Nair discusses the democratic aspects of an autonomous small learning community with minimal or no classrooms. Download the article here.

Building futures

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“Most of our school buildings resemble an Industrial Age factory production line,” says Prakash Nair, a United States-based Malayali architect and an internationally renowned school design consultant. “This traditional design, what we still see in most schools around the world, is actually called the Ford Model since it was modelled after Henry Ford’s factory’s production… Read more »

School Open to Change: Design changes and new teaching methods bring enlightenment to Hillel School

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Carrollwood News & Tribune, 27 August 2008 “When students returned to the school last week, they discovered light-filled classrooms, places to play and cozy study nooks. Teachers are planning time for outdoor learning, and parents may find themselves staying at Hillel to chat rather than simply dropping off their children and driving away.” Download the… Read more »

Friends share mission of advocating for quality education

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FNI Associate Tiffany Green speaks about her twin roles with FNI and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) in Minneapolis Friends share mission of advocating for quality education   by Jennifer Holder   Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder   Originally posted 12/26/2007   Chanda Smith and Tiffany Green are co-founders of the Minnesota chapter of Black Alliance… Read more »