Sunday, March 15, 2009

Students Help Design Schools in the UK

The Sorrell Foundation in the UK has an amazing program where students take part in the design of their schools. Architects work with students to get their advice and ideas (right) for projects that are actually built. The Sorrell Foundation Young Design Centre opened with the What’s Next For Schools? exhibition in May 2007 to explore what young people want from design at school and in their daily lives.

The Sorrell Foundation Young Design Centre is the first of its kind in the UK. Open 7 days a week, the exhibition looks at future schools as well as at historic school design exhibition. It draws attention to what young people expect from the designers of their schools and encourage local authorities to use the significant body of practical evidence that The Sorrell Foundation has gathered over 7 years, through its joinedupdesignforschools program.

Over the next three years, the Centre will present exhibitions, run a comprehensive workshop program in the Somerset House Lecture Theatre and Learning Centre, and create a unique Research Centre with a new archive exploring what young people want from school design.

Click on the heading above to see resources, books, videos, and examples of what students can accomplish working with designers at the Sorrell Foundation website.

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