School Design

Philip Poinelli

Thinking Outside the Box

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SMMA’s Phil Poinelli recently sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss the firm’s successful integration of a center for senior citizens into the design of Swampscott High School. That interview is transcribed as follows.

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Videos for Discussion of 21st Century Teaching and Learning

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In conjunction with David Stephen of New Vista Design, Phil Poinelli assembled the following list of videos for Boston Public Schools, to facilitate a discussion regarding educational vision for the district.

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Defining the Heart of the Campus

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A student center serves as a campus’s heart. It is reflective of the school’s culture, and is a place for students to go day and night, a place for fellowship, for engagement, for gathering...

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Bridging the Gap

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Every college and university has its own personality and values system, and it's the designer's job to understand the school’s identity and learning objectives, so that it can support the design and implementation of the type of active learning classrooms most conducive to success.

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Suggested Reading

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If you’re a parent with a child in school, one of your top priorities is your child’s education, and you strive to make the best decisions for him or her as possible. With so many educational options in this modern era, it can be a bit overwhelming determining how to best meet your child’s...

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Speaking the Language

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Pedagogy. Visioning. Blended Learning. Unless you’re intimately acquainted with the design and planning of new school environments, there’s a good chance you’re unfamiliar with these terms. But if you have a school-age child and want the best for his or her education (and, of course, you do!), it...

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The School as a Teaching Tool

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Sustainable design features and technology support energy goals, reduce environmental impact, and can be used in curriculum to educate young adults to be good stewards of our earth’s resources. Incorporating the concepts of sustainability into the educational curriculum provides students the...

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Learning from the Past

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By verifying predictions with real performance metrics, designs can be iterated and improved upon until a better understanding of is what being measured and how realistic one's virtual model assumptions are can be determined.

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Example of Special Education Classroom

Inclusion and the Typical Classroom

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Special education is an umbrella under which many niche groups reside. When a district adopts a policy of inclusion, many special needs students spend most of their day in general education classrooms, with both a special education teacher and a classroom teacher. Design elements that can...

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SMMA School Security Design

Designing Safer Schools

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A broad range of factors must be considered when designing school security systems, including parent and teacher concerns for privacy and safety, students’ emotional well-being, media reports of criminal activity and violence in schools, project budget, and heightened user expectations. Of...

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