TAG: Schools

Oil Cans Make Functional Guitars

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Bohemian Guitars is a company crafting real, functional guitars that are made from old oil-cans. The company was created by brothers Shaun and Adam Lee. Growing up part-time in Johannesburg, South Africa, they later witnessed, on a return visit, the ingenious use of oil cans by locals to create affordable instruments that they could play. The impressionable memory created by the South African townsfolk drove the brothers to make guitars themselves, also using recycled oil cans. The outcome proved a bit more sophisticated, resulting in fully-fledged electric guitars. Rather than imitating the do-it-yourself aesthetic to fit current trends, the bodies… read more

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Schools are fundamental places that house creativity, knowledge and social interaction. Designing for educational venues can often be a challenge, as there are many considerations to be addressed. Given their proactive approaches to education, but also in promoting environmental awareness and global citizenship, the following are designs to be modeled after. The Green School, located in Kfar Saba, Israel, has built sustainability into the curriculum. Designed by Knafo Klimor Architects, there is a focus on the environment and fostering a sense of community. Accommodating children in the 1st through 6th grades, the layout includes laboratories and a library in addition… read more

The New Look Of Temporary Learning Spaces

The New Look Of Temporary Learning Spaces

Temporary school buildings exist for many reasons such as natural disasters, building repairs or to provide extra space for overcrowded schools. Though meant to be short-term some actually stay up for many years. Numerous temporary classrooms exist worldwide, and there are 300,000 in the U.S. alone that must accommodate an estimated 7.5 million students. Since they are in fact constructed to fill an interim need, sometimes they can be less than quality fabrications which can make them susceptible to many issues. That’s where Perkins+Will, an architecture and design firm, steps in. Taking this often overlooked problem and making it their… read more

Eating Well At School (in Los Angeles At Least)

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For students, the promotion of optimal eating habits dictated in health class are often undermined in the school cafeteria. Here, plastic tray compartments are filled with formless food that serves as the object of disconcerting contemplation. Home life clearly plays an influential  role in the development of healthy eating habits, however, from an early age children spend a majority of their day in the school environment. It is here that their choices are defined, with most kids eating lunch and even breakfast at school. While this can be seen as an opportunity for schools to promote nutritious decisions, most lunch programs are… read more

Good Causes for Coke

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If you drink Coke products, you are probably familiar with Coke Rewards. Maybe you’ve even redeemed enough points to stuff a closet full of Coke branded apparel. But if you are among those that don’t give the “rewards codes” a second glance, you may now have reason to take advantage of them for a good cause. One of a handful of good causes, to be exact. For when you go to the My Coke Rewards online catalogue, if you can dodge the hodge-podge of material items and sweepstakes, you’ll find embedded within the catalogue plenty of philanthropic opportunities. If you have Coke Reward codes,… read more

Sustainable Schools

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Sustainability in schools encompasses six key areas: water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, green spaces, environmentally friendly transportation, and sustainability education. The first step to making a school more sustainable is to establish a sustainability team that includes students, teachers, other staff and, ideally, parent volunteers. This team must evaluate the school’s environmental friendliness, determine which issues can be feasibly addressed, create both short- and long-term goals, and develop an action plan. It’s also beneficial to consult with other sustainable schools and organizations to learn about best practices and to celebrate successes in meeting sustainability targets. The following are specific… read more