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Back to School: Design Lessons From the World's Smartest Education Centers

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Source: CNN

It's easy to dismiss the way a school or university looks. As long as it's functional, the more pressing educational concerns for parents are usually the curriculum, quality of teaching and exam results.

But the way educational buildings are designed—​from classroom layout in elementary schools to shared, collective spaces on college campuses—​can have a huge influence on learning...

University Center at The New School by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

This extraordinary complex building features a mix of multi-use spaces that include performance venues, social spaces, teaching and learning areas and student housing. The three major staircases in the base block weave through the floors, animating each street edge as they reveal student life within.

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