Sunday, November 9, 2008

Does It Look Like a Jail To You?

The lack of attention to beauty and achitectural ideals in the engineering of public school buildings (especially post 1970's) belies the true educational philosophies at play. If your local high school looks like a jail, smells like a jail and feels like a jail...well then, is it a jail? It's not supposed to be. But what is the real message being sent to all who attend, teach, or even just drive by, such a facility?
An architectural website listing Great Buildings around the world, includes only a handful of schools. Certainly no school, public or private, in my small southern california city would qualify as "great" by any measure. So, we give lip service to lofty educational ideals, but our school buildings tell another story.

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