James Gillespie’s School in Edinburgh was recently rebuilt as part of Phase 3 of the Edinburgh Schools programme. At the heart of the new building are social and collaborative spaces, which provide new opportunities for new ways of learning and teaching in the school. This short film charts the development of the school design, the briefing process for the collaborative spaces, and the experience of learners and teachers in the space itself.
To promote wider learning and supporting capacity building in the built environment A&DS initiated a forum for Public Sector Clients in 2014.
From our latest research into learning spaces, we present good practice on designing for STEM, social learning and in-between spaces.
Exemplars took a blended approach to design, connecting STEM spaces to the rest of campus. We look at the importance of innovation from institutions.
Places that encourage learning through collaboration are important for developing and applying classroom learning. We look at these spaces.
Some spaces create valuable exchanges and connections for educational buildings but defy convention. In-betwen spaces are key to a sense of community.
In December 2020, with Scottish Futures Trust, we hosted an event on the Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP) Phase 1 projects.
The Tests of Change project aims to create excellent teaching and learning environments using Space Hacks and testing solutions in a learning space.
A&DS offers a design support to education authorities offering an external view, peer support, facilitation and learning networks.
Jack Dudgeon MSYP for Eastwood and Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, asks designers to be radical when they create learning spaces.
Young People, wellbeing and creating better learning outcomes will be part of this year’s Education Buildings Conference in 2018.
A leaflet summarising the learning from 20 individual Inspiring Please Spaces projects, supporting the Inspiring Learning Spaces publication.