FNI to partner with India’s Yash Birla Group in a venture that will develop 300+ new schools

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“The 3,000-crore Yash Birla Group has earmarked Rs 500 crore in the next three years to establish nearly 350 educational institutions for students and teachers through the group company, Birla Edutech. This will comprise around 200 pre-schools, over 100 K-to-12 schools, 15 super-speciality colleges, and 20 teacher training institutes, the Group Chairman, Mr Yash Birla, said… Read more »

Designing Schools for 21st Century Learners

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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 format, the best ideas around school reform. The series is meant to… Read more »

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 »