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Architect plans Uptown office, apartments by Hank Long, Finance & Commerce, Feb 2017 Last month the Minneapolis Planning Commission approved a three-story, mixed-use project proposed at 3453 Hennepin Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The site is a half-mile south of Calhoun Square. Read more here.  ...


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FNI Mentioned on Dave Ciganko’s New Blog

“The Chappaqua School District is fortunate to have passed funding to not only redevelop the way they look at their approach to the curriculum but to redesign their schools to help facilitate new ways in which to learn. I was introduced to Chappaqua through Fielding Nair International, a world...


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Cool School

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NIKHITA GOWRA Published Dec 18, 2016, 1:16 am ISTUpdated Dec 18, 2016, 7:14 am IST Deepti Reddy, daughter of a prominent business family that owns Pennar Cements, is the founder of this school. Telling us how the idea to start a school came about, she said, “For my children, I ...


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FNI Featured in Alaska Airlines Magazine

11/28/2016 Paradigm Communications Group / Alaska Airlines and Horizon Edition Magazines by Elizabeth Economou FNI’s Anne Frank Inspire Academy is the first topic in this look at innovative education today. FNI’s Founding CEO Prakash Nair provides insight into the data behind new ways of...


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Venture High: reimagining high school, one grade at a time

MinnPost, By Erin Hinrichs | 11/14/16 During a recent round of morning check-ins, Principal Derek Davidson called over one of his ninth-graders who’d been absent a few days. Setting his backpack up on the table, the student showed Davidson some of the gay-pride buttons he’d received from a work...


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FNI Featured in an Article in Education Canada Magazine

Stephen Hurley’s in-depth article uses images and interviews from FNI’s schools to illustrate the successes and struggles of change agency in Canadian education. Learn how teachers in these schools embrace the challenges and opportunities presented by more varied options in teaching an...


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Boulder Valley working on 25 construction projects this summer

By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer The biggest projects — along with the new Erie pre-K-8 campus — are replacements for Creekside, Douglass and Emerald elementary schools. Construction on all four is expected to continue through next school year and be complete by August 2017. For those schools, the d...


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Broomfield’s Oldest School Getting Efficient Makeover

Emerald Elementary School is one step closer to becoming a home fit for Dragons. When architects needed a drainage system in front of the school, students dubbed the future dry creek bed, with a wooden foot bridge, a moat. Once a new school building is constructed, a gas fireplace will face the libr...


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Community gets look at design for new Erie pre-K-8 campus

Heatherwood’s Brent Caldwell named as new principal By Amy Bounds, Staff Writer POSTED:   04/25/2016 09:56:32 PM MDT Walking into Boulder Valley’s new pre-K-8 in Erie, students will pass the offices and land in the “heart,” a cafeteria and gathering space designed to look l...


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Chappaqua Schools To Discuss Space, Technology At FNI’s iLab

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — A Knowledge Cafe event scheduled for April 18 at the Academic Commons and iLab at Horace Greeley High School will bring together Chappaqua school district officials with a number of professionals to discuss the continuing study and use of space and advanced technology through...


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Global Learning Commons is a possible future of the MVRHS library

In the MVTimes by Cathryn McCann – Dec 2, 2015: Jay Litman of Fielding Nair International presented a conceptual design for the future Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) library at the school on Monday afternoon. Deemed the “next phase in transforming the school library into a...


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FNI and Library Redesign in Boulder

November 21, 2015: Boulder Valley is using bond money to re-imagine its libraries. The district contracted with Fielding Nair International, a Minneapolis-based architectural firm, to work with schools this fall on innovative design as they plan for construction projects. The firm earlier this fall ...


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Transforming the classroom

AMIT’s new Gogya Center trains teachers for today’s digital students. Jerusalem Post Magazine, October 2015: If you look up the word “teacher” in any dictionary, the general definition suits the concept that people have held of an educator for centuries. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary define...


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Boulder Valley updating schools with innovation in mind

Designing buildings with education as prime driver   Boulder Valley schools are getting an innovation makeover. The school district contracted with Minneapolis-based architectural firm Fielding Nair International, which is working with schools this fall as they start working with architects and...


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From Israel National News

Watch: A Peek Into the Classrooms of the Future Could classrooms change beyond the traditional model of teacher-facing-classroom? Arutz Sheva investigates. On the eve of the Israeli school year beginning, Arutz Sheva visited the Gogya Center of the AMIT network schools in Ra’anana. Gogya is a ...


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Future of schooling in UAE to break from the traditional

Schools of the future are going to be student directed, which means that students are basically taking charge of their own learning,” said architect Prakash Nair, president of Fielding Nair International. “Teaching is no longer about content, it’s about skills. And you don’t practise skills ...


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The Attention Myth: Why Paying Attention in Class is Overrated

Prakash Nair , Founding President, Fielding Nair International Edutopia, Posted 05/08/2015 Prakash Nair questions the way our education system emphasizes the need for students to pay constant attention to a teacher: “Are we in crisis because of short attention spans and the losing battle teachers ...


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Prakash Nair Podcast and Article on American Public Media

Excerpt: “All the flexibility is meant to encourage a new type of learning: Learning by doing. Learning with new technology. Learning that is collaborative, personalized. Learning that architect Prakash Nair said more traditional schools are no good at. Nair is the founding president of Fielding N...


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Horace Greeley High School unveils ‘cutting edge’ class space

CHAPPAQUA – Education reform traditionally has been about curriculum or teacher training, in a sense adding new furniture to an old, familiarbuilding. Futurists now think education reform should go further: Rethink the classroom itself if you want to change how children learn in today’s high...


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Local Philanthropy Will Help Hillel Gain 21st-Century Edge

“Children have different personalities, aptitudes and talents,” Nair said. “A school should feel like a comfortable, happy place to be, not institutional. We have to change the physical building — it’s the envelope where 21st-century education happens.”   Go to article here: http:/...


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Newest school in San Antonio promises world-class education

“Inspire Academies has partnered up with Fielding Nair International: world famous architects that specialize in innovative school design and education technology to develop the first school of its kind in the nation. Their schools will feature more than eight outdoor learning areas, and creative ...


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Magnificat students ‘surround’ themselves with design ideas

“The design firm of Fielding Nair International was selected to come up with a schematic for the work, and senior designer James Seaman visited the school…” “Seaman also presented designs of the Surround Learning areas to the students, which were based on the discussions and findings during ...


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The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time for Something New

The overwhelming majority of the nearly 76 million students in America’s schools and colleges spend most of the academic day in classrooms. That’s a problem because the classroom has been obsolete for several decades. That’s not just my opinion. It’s established science.   Published Onl...


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Randy Fielding interview podcast on Phorecast

Randy Fielding was interviewed by Swedish consulting firm Phorecast for a podcast on FNI’s educational philosophy, including some of Randy’s own techniques for maintaining creativity in his design studio… from exercise equipment to reindeer antlers! He discusses some of FNI’s innovations in ...


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Spaces for Learning

Prakash Nair listed as a partner in Victorian Government’s ‘vast’ education facilities investment program “Not education as usual — History in the making as the Cayman Islands take a holistic approach to the transformation of its entire government education system and blaze the trail towar...


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FNI Projects Win Two International Awards

FNI’s Duke School in North Carolina and Scotch Oakburn College in Tasmania have received awards from the American School Board Journal’s Learning By Design, “The Premier Source for Education Design Innovation & Excellence”. Download the awards packet here....


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Fielding Nair International: Educating the Masses

Minneapolis, Minn.-based Fielding Nair International approaches projects a bit differently than most architectural firms designing for the education sector, Chairman Randall Fielding admits. “The typical way to begin a design project is to listen very well and to take good notes,” he says. “Mo...


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Designing Schools for 21st Century Learners

The Mobile Learning Institute’s film series “A 21st Century Education” profiles individuals who embrace and defend fresh approaches to learning and who confront the urgent social challenges that are part of a 21st century experience. “A 21st Century Education” compiles, in short film forma...


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Don’t Just Rebuild Schools—Reinvent Them

“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....


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Porirua College transformed into high-tech learning environment

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 attitu...


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Democratic Architecture: The Community Centre Model

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....


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Building futures

“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 cal...


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Friends share mission of advocating for quality education

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   Cha...


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Randall Fielding is CEFPI 2007 Planner of the Year

“Planner of the Year is the highest and most distinguished individual honor conferred by the international organization. It is presented annually to the individual whose professional facility planning activities have produced a significantly positive regional, national or international impact on e...


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$122 million would revamp Middletown schools

$122 million would revamp town schools Meaghan Wims; Journal Staff Writer 21 November 2007 © 2007 Providence Journal/Evening Bulletin. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All Rights Reserved.   A consultant’s plan calls for that much to be spent over 15 years to reinvent the s...


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1 campus, at last, for Duke School

“‘We think the facilities are pretty cutting-edge,’ said Dave Michaelman, the head of the school.” $122 million would revamp town schools Meaghan Wims; Journal Staff Writer 21 November 2007 © 2007 Providence Journal/Evening Bulletin. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All Rights...


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A Comfortable Truth

Randy Fielding and Prakash Nair advocate an ergonomic, humanistic approach to the design of learning spaces...


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Minister heralds change for education at annual conference

“I believe that the work we are undertaking to transform our education system is to produce students and young adults, allowing them to emerge more and more as empowered, self-positioned, motivated, capable individuals, able to hold their own in the global market place,“ — The Hon. Alden McLau...


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New primary school planned for George Town

“With the major cost implications of the planned new facilities, it is essential that we seek world class advice and get it right. There is no second chance,” — The Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Cayman Islands Minister for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture...


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New ideas for old-school school

INTERNATIONAL school design expert Prakash Nair met with students, staff and key community representatives in Kingston this month to discuss its $30 million new high school. Read more here: New ideas for old-school school...


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Building boon

Jeff Lackney, Prakash Nair and Randy Fielding all mentioned in article on recently-developed and in-planning respectful spaces in Victorian high schools. Read about it here: Building Boon (The Age)...


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Getting beyond the School as Temple

A discussion of two community-centric approaches to school design: the ‘Community Learning Center’ and ‘Community as School’ models. Read more here: _Pages from FNI Articles_wcover...


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Learning by Liberation

The Hobart Mercury, Australia, 21 July 2006 On Reece High School, the design of which won Prakash Nair the McConnell Award for school planning: ‘The school is now protected by something proving far stronger than razor wire: pride. Since the opening of the rebuilt $10 million school in 2003, there ...


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Learning to the Max

Prakash Nair’s work referenced in discussion of larger, non-traditional settings in Victorian schools.   Read more here: Learning to the Max (The Age)...


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Small is Big

Randall Fielding and Prakash Nair introduce the concept of the Small Learning Community. Read more here....


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