The School of the Future Design Competition offers an opportunity to illustrate the kind of creativity that students bring to the planning and design process. The annual competition, open to middle school students, challenges student teams to design their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.
Celebrating our nation's schools and reinforcing the connection between school facilities and student learning, School of the Future Design Competition is an annual program supported by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Institute of Architects and over 20 other organizations. Our children spend the majority of their waking hours in a school. School of the Future Design Competition provides an opportunity to draw national attention to the importance of well planned, healthy, high performance, safe and sustainable schools that enhance student achievement and community vitality. As the building blocks of communities throughout the world and the keystone of our future, schools should be sustainable spaces for lifelong learning.
School of the Future Design Competition is a time when schools and school districts may engage in activities and celebrations that channel students, parents, policymakers, legislators and other affected constituencies to consider the role the school building plays in the educational process and in the current and future vitality of their communities. Each community values its schools in a manner unique to its local educational needs and curriculum focus. Today we have an opportunity to create effective learning environments that reflect the community's unique assets as well as its needs; serve as a resource of education, health and human services to students and neighborhood members alike; and strengthen community life.
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Read highlights from the School of the Future Design Competition 2012. High performing, healthy, safe and sustainable school facilities and their connection to learning are the focus of School of the Future Design Competition each year. Follow the call to action and timeline and create an event in your community. Build local partnerships, stage a design competition, engage student mentors, and celebrate!
Imago Dei, Tucson, Arizona was a national 2011 School of the Future Design Competition first place winner and they are highlighted on the web site. Their very sustainable School of the Future involved their surrounding community and indeed would have increased the viability of that community. Imago Dei received a lot of coverage on their winning project and a developer and group of interested citizens are now looking at nearby properties and hoping to raise funds to build the school the children envisioned for their community, Their School of the Future Design Competition participation and their dedicated teacher spurred them on to undertake additional sustainability projects. The Green Education Foundation recently interviewed them on both School of the Future Design Competition and their additional projects. Read more...