Conference: Building Healthy Communities: Schools and Education
20th June 2016, 18:30, The Building Centre, London, UK
DATE: 20/6/2016
Building Healthy Communities is a series of talks that focus on how creative thinking innovative design in particular building typologies are contributing to collective health and wellbeing in communities.

With pupil numbers set to exceed eight million by 2023, we will need the equivalent of almost 2,000 new schools. This provides us with an opportunity to uphold the view that schools can and should be more than just practical, functional buildings – they need to elevate the aspirations of children, teachers and the wider community. To this end we can redefine what we expect from educational institutions and look at strategies to bring nature into the classroom, or rather take the classroom into nature. Further dissolving the gap between education and the environment, promoting an awareness of health and wellbeing at an early age. Attitudes towards the environment start developing at an early age and — once formed — do not change easily. Children are potential effective agents for promoting environmentally responsible behaviour in others and carrying forward a positive view of sustainability.

Nick Mirchandani (chair), Director, Architecture PLB
Edmund Fowles, Partner, Feilden Fowles
David Hills, Founding Director, DSDHA
Dr Sharon Wright, Senior Associate, The Learning Crowd
Jonathan Lazar, Aut--Aut architecture

By Museum of Architecture and The Building Centre.

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