Invest More in Outdoor Learning

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Download: Invest More in Outdoor Learning – Marion Preez Urban Pioneers Note

Architecture + Design Scotland have commissioned education and design experts to create a short learning note for our web series; “Better briefing for education benefit” to support and expand on the learning points captured from the world café session at the Scottish government schools estate conference, November 2013

Each piece responds to a particular Issue raised from the world café session, capturing knowledge, opinion and experiences and highlighting how these lessons can be transferable for future scenarios.

The fourth publication of the series, produced by Liane Bauer and Marion Preez, of Urban Pioneers, addresses the question,

“why and for what do we provide outdoor learning and play spaces?”

The learning note stresses that it is time for commitment and appreciation for the value of play and courage to take some risks and to break with the current quick fixes, highlighting some examples of simple and successful playground installations.

Evidencing Better Briefing

This publication looks at how the shift towards “Education led” focus for building new schools has led to a greater focus on the Briefing process.


Supporting NHSScotland Health Boards and their partners in the creation of successful healthcare facilities by sharing best practice.

Temporary Spaces for Learning

This publication describes the potential of working outside the complexity of the formal school setting as a way of developing education.

Transforming Spaces to Inspire

This is a short “Talking Head” piece, discussing the refurbishment project at Blackfriars Primary in Glasgow.

Visualising Change

This publication looks at the idea of shared spaces to facilitate ambition and attainment by learners.

Whole Place & Integrated Learning

This publication looks into the current physical environments of our school estate and questions if they really support producing resilient learners.

SERVICE: Design Advice for Schools

A&DS offers a design support to education authorities offering an external view, peer support, facilitation and learning networks.

20 Inspiring Learning Spaces

A leaflet summarising the learning from 20 individual Inspiring Please Spaces projects, supporting the Inspiring Learning Spaces publication.

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