Archives for: August 2015


Permalink 07:51:25 am, by mleslie Email , 114 words, 130 views   English (CA)
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Mould and overcrowding cause major headaches for French students in Montréal

by Katherine Wilton, Montreal Gazette - Louis Simard has always enjoyed driving his two sons to school in Notre Dame de Grâce on the first day of classes so he can talk with the teachers and other parents.

But for Simard and parents of about 300 students at École Sainte-Catherine-de-Sienne, the start of school on Thursday is full of uncertainty.

Their French elementary school was closed in June for three years because of mould and water infiltration problems. The parents wanted their children to remain in the west end of N.D.G. and go to St. Ignatius of Loyola, a former English Montreal School Board elementary school that’s a two-minute walk away.


Permalink 06:53:31 pm, by mleslie Email , 74 words, 126 views   English (CA)
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Ontario Community Hubs Action Plan Released

Toronto, ON - August 10, 2015 - Premier Kathleen Wynne's Community Hub Framework Advisory Group has released a report to guide the creation of community hubs. The report, Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, is an important first step towards bringing services together and using spaces to better serve Ontarians. Community hubs are part of the Premier's vision for making the province the best place to work, live and raise a family.

Permalink 06:50:38 pm, by mleslie Email , 66 words, 119 views   English (US)
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AIA Selects Nine Projects for the 2015 Education Facility Design Awards

Washington, D.C. – August 10, 2015 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected nine educational facilities for this year’s CAE Education Facility Design Awards. The program honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.

Permalink 06:48:46 pm, by mleslie Email , 108 words, 114 views   English (US)
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K-12 School Sector Design Giants: To succeed, school design must replicate real-world environments

August 7, 2015 - by John Caulfield - When Intrinsic School, a 60,000-sf public charter school, opened last August, it represented a first for Chicago: a school designed from the ground up to blend instruction, collaboration, and technology. Each grade (7–12) is separated into a STEM and Humanities pod. Each pod has its own isolated space, either a lab or a Socratic seminar space.

Each pod has five learning environments whose names—Coastline, Exchange Table, Pop-up Class, Genius Bar, and Study Lounge—hint at the kind of individual or collaborative learning at work. “We wanted to give each space its own identity,” says Daniel Wicke, Project Architect with Wheeler Kearns Architects.

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