Children’s scribbles inform terracotta school by Samira Rathod Design Associates

Samira Rathod Design Associates have completed a terracotta school building in Gujarat, India with lopsided vaulted roofs that take their shape from a child’s doodles. Called the School of Dancing Arches, the buildings sit surrounded by tobacco fields near the town of Bhadran in the Indian state of Gujarat. The school was conceived as a […]

Red concrete walls enclose The Walls teaching restaurant for children in China

Kids that attend The Walls teaching restaurant in Xiamutang, China, are invited to take part in cooking courses where they pick, prepare and eat produce from nearby fields. Built by The Scarcity and Creativity Studio and Tianjin University School of Architecture, the linear building nestles within a grove of camphor trees on a steep, narrow […]

Goldsmiths bans beef and bottled water in move to end carbon emissions

Goldsmiths, one of the UK’s best known art and design schools, has declared a climate emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025. The south-east London college, which calculates it generates 3.7 million kilograms of carbon emissions each year, today announced a series of measures aimed at helping the fight against climate change. It […]

Matt + Fiona work with children with autism to create Phoenix Playground Room

An architect and educator who collaborate as Matt + Fiona have worked with children with autism to design and build a sensory playground at their new school site. Architect Matthew Springett and educator Fiona MacDonald, who work together as Matt + Fiona, collaborated with children at the Phoenix School in east London to create the […]

Abandoned building turned into mesh-covered forest events space in Taiwan

Divooe Zein Architects has turned an abandoned house in a wooded area of a park in Taiwan into a net-covered educational events space called The Forest Big. The Forest Big is in a wooded part of the Shangri-La Park in Miaoli, in an area scattered with the remnants of an old theme park. The project has […]

Barns and ranches inform Signal’s design of Experience Center in Oregon state park

Seattle firm Signal Architecture + Research has completed a small education and events centre, clad in metal and wood, within the “rugged and fragile landscape” of a protected area in northern Oregon. The Experience Center is part of Cottonwood Canyon State Park, which encompasses over 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares), making it one of Oregon’s largest […]

Avella Taller de Arquitectura builds two cabins for Venezuelan summer camp

Avella Taller de Arquitectura has reconstructed a recreational summer camp in Venezuela, including solid brick buttresses that draw on a nearby Spanish colonial fortification. Two Cabins in Yaracuy is located in the Massif de Nirgua, a mountainous region not far from the Caribbean coast. The children’s camp originally consisted of cabins built from wattle and […]

White concrete shutters front Brazilian university building

A covered street cuts through this new university campus building in northern Brazil designed by Rede Arquitetos, Croquis Projetos and Neudson Braga, providing a shaded and breezy area for students to socialise between classes. The building expands the Universidade Federal do Ceará‘s (UFC) campus in the Brazilian town of Crateús with classrooms, laboratories, offices and […]

Prefabricated pine panels clad kindergarten near Barcelona

Architects Eduard Balcells, Ignasi Rius and Daniel Tigges have designed a wood-clad concrete kindergarten for the El Tiller Waldorf-Steiner School in Bellaterra, Spain. The concrete and pine kindergarten is one of six structures arranged like a small village around a central “rambla” – a Hispanic term for a promenade or high street. Alongside the kindergarten, […]

Five polycarbonate volumes form Harvard University’s ArtLab by Barkow Leibinger

Architecture firm Barkow Leibinger has covered this experimental arts hub at Harvard University in polycarbonate panels to make it illuminate like a “lightbox at night”. Harvard University enlisted Barkow Leibinger to design the ArtLab as part of its new growing campus in Allston, Massachusetts – a Boston neighbourhood located across the Charles River from the main […]

Kientruc O designs colourful kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City

TTC Elite Saigon Kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City by Kientruc O has a playful facade decorated with colourful patterns and irregularly shaped windows. Kientruc O designed the kindergarten to be a full sized playhouse for children with a brightly coloured facade and characterful openings. “It is simply conceived in a pure geometric shape to provoke […]

Revery Architecture designs snaking glass campus on Hong Kong hillside

University of Chicago Centre Hong Kong by Revery Architecture is a glazed curvilinear building perched on slim concrete stilts on a steep, wooded hillside. Standing above Mount Davis and facing dramatic views out to the sea, the campus has been conceived of as a “treehouse of knowledge” by Revery Architecture – formerly Bing Thom Architects. University of […]

Grimshaw transforming Herman Miller Factory into Bath Spa University

Grimshaw is transforming its adaptable 1970s Herman Miller factory, designed by its founder Nicholas Grimshaw, into the Locksbrook Campus for Bath Spa University. The heritage listed building on the River Avon in Bath, is being adapted and extended to contain a mix of teaching facilities and social spaces. Due for completion in September, Grimshaw is aiming to […]

CCA builds concrete Mexican business school EBC Aguascalientes around lush gardens

Mexican design studio Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica and architects Rodrigo Valenzuela Jerez and Camilo Moreno have completed this concrete business school on a lush site near Mexican city Aguascalientes. The campus marks the latest outpost of Mexican business school Escuela Bancaria y Comercial (EBC). The institution, whose name translates as Banking and Commercial school, was established […]

Crossboundaries designs “mini village” for kindergarten in rural China

The Jiangsu Beisha Kindergarten in China has been conceived as a miniature village, with a cluster of house-like structures clustered around a square and connected via winding paths and raised walkways. Beijing and Frankfurt-based practice Crossboundaries has designed the kindergarten, in the village of Beisha in China’s Funing County, as part of a local government initiative to alleviate […]

Wilkinson Eyre completes modular student housing for Dyson Institute

Wilkinson Eyre has created “unique student residencies with identity” from prefabricated timber pods at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology in Wiltshire, England. Located at the Malmesbury Campus, the modular village provides accommodation for undergraduate students and visiting staff at the institute, which was founded by James Dyson. Wilkinson Eyre  designed the pods, which are arranged […]

Stacie Woolsey creates her own masters course as “viable alternative” to design education

Priced out of further education, British design graduate Stacie Woolsey approached designers to help her create her own masters course. Speaking to Dezeen, she says elitism is a problem the industry urgently needs to address. Woolsey had planned to study a masters course after completing her graphic design degree at Kingston University, but was shocked […]

Harriet Harriss named dean of Pratt Institute School of Architecture

New York City’s Pratt Institute has named British architect and professor Harriet Harriss as the next dean of its school of architecture. Harriss will assume her role as the second female dean of Pratt Institute‘s School of Architecture on 20 August. She will succeed Thomas Hanrahan, who has served as the dean of Pratt Institute […]

Challenge Design’s metal-clad kindergarten folds around a courtyard

Metal shingles cover the folding forms of the Park Legend Kindergarten in Chengdu, China, built by Challenge Design to mimic the peaks of nearby mountains. The kindergarten is surrounded by a small green area in the busy urban landscape of Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area. Challenge Design wanted to avoid creating too much enclosure, so designed […]

SOM completes Tenaya Towers in massive student housing project at California university

Board-marked concrete, cement plaster and glass form the facades of two student dormitories that Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has created for an expansive housing development at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Tenaya Towers are part of a larger development at the central Californian university that was masterplanned by SOM, a multidisciplinary firm with […]

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