Learning Towns: Innovative Whole School Exemplars – Definitions and Questions (JM Architects)

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As part of a ‘Whole School Exemplars’ project involving 5 architects and designers with different styles and skill bases, this piece of work was commissioned to develop ideas from an earlier initiative by The Lighthouse, Senses of Place.

As one of five individual pieces of work, JM Architects looked at ways of deconstructing the current models of school design. By thinking of new ways to reconstruct a new school design according to new aspirations for the curriculum, this project looked at different ideas of how to design according to human scale, human comfort and the transitions through school.



You can find out more about the project, and view the other exemplars.

Developing Whole Town Models – Learning Quarters (jmarchitects)


Following on from the ‘Whole School Exemplars’ report series, the 5 architects involved in this project were asked to develop their concepts into ‘Whole Town Models’ – a range of feasible architectural concepts based on a real case study in an ‘urban’ context.

jmarchitects have explored the idea of a campus-like structure as a way of embracing the urban features of a town, and make more prominent the links between its cultural and community buildings, as well as other public space. These spaces can be used to map routes and journeys through the town, to encourage the learning experience for all, as well as contribute to the regeneration of the town. For more information see the report and video.


Senses of Place: Learning Towns

The ‘Senses of Place: Learning Towns’ initiative is designed specifically to deliver Curriculum for Excellence in the places we live.

Carbon Conscious Towns Case Studies

These Case Studies identify two towns in Scotland working on the ground to deliver on the 8 Principles of a Carbon Conscious Place: Dumfries and Leven

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