Urban School Facility Issues

Title Abstract Publication Date
21st Century School Fund The 21st Century School Fund is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to work on school facility issues nationally and locally in the District of Columbia, building the public will and capacity to...
A Moving Target. (Using Demographics in Your School Construction Plan.) Discusses use of demographic information in school planning, including predicting areas of growth that will need schools and areas of decline that may necessitate closing or consolidating schools.... 09/30/2008
A Small Footprint. Profiles this prototype school that was built on an infill site by virtue of its small footprint and its proximity to public facilities. The site selection, community participation, building design,... 03/31/2010
A Tight Fit Describes the campus design of the University of Houston (Texas) as an example of an urban campus where space is limited; the siting of new buildings was straightforward; and the planning focused on... 12/31/1998
A Tight Squeeze. Discusses how education institutions can deal with time and space constraints when upgrading utilities on urban campuses. Addresses funding, cooperating with owners, innovative technology, and... 07/31/2002
A Win-Win for Campus and Community. Dicusses mitigating the disadvantages and enhancing the benefits of being an urban higher education campus. Cooperation between institutions and neighborhoods, creation of green spaces, promoting... 05/31/2010
Alternative Learning Spaces in New York City. Profiles six creative solutions that made school architecture out of abandoned, unused, or under-used spaces in this urban setting. Recovery of spaces from rooftops, above courtyards, in abandoned... 07/31/2006
Alternative Locations for School Buildings Examines the plight of school systems in urbanized or highly-developed areas that have difficulties locating suitable sites for new buildings. Presents examples of schools that have found alternative... 06/30/1999
Architecture for Education: New School Designs from the Chicago Competition. This volume documents the work that resulted from the Chicago Public Schools Design Competition, explaining research and policies underlying the competition's criteria. The volume has three... 12/31/2002
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. Describes this Boston private art-oriented school for at-risk teens that was constructed on a small site in an industrial zone requiring environmental remediation. The resulting LEED platinum-... 11/30/2005
Back to the Agora: Workable Solutions for Small Urban School Facilities. Suggests adapting the model of the ancient Greek agora to create successful small schools and describes several that have done so while reducing costs. These innovative urban small schools are the... 08/31/2003
Baltimore City's High School Reform Initiative: Schools, Students, and Outcomes. Presents findings from a study of Baltimore's five-year high school reform, which included breaking large schools into smaller, more autonomous units. Using administrative data, the researchers... 11/30/2007
Big Buildings, Small Schools: Using a Small Schools Strategy for High School Reform This book focuses on how large, under-performing urban high schools can become learning environments characterized by academic rigor, curricular relevance, and mutually supportive relationships. This... 12/31/2004
Blending Old and New. Discusses how schools and universities can transform outmoded urban structures, such as factories, warehouses, and department stores, into attractive and functional school facilities. Issues... 07/31/2000
Breaking Ground: Rebuilding New Jersey's Urban Schools The Abbott School Construction Program. Recounts the history of New Jersey's Abbott School Construction Program, from 1990 court rulings on school facility deficiencies in poorer school districts to the present. The work of the... 03/31/2004
Building Blueprints: Playgrounds and Outdoor Spaces. Highlights how an urban Boston charter school created play and exercise areas on their small site, formerly six-acre industrial property. 03/31/2011
Building Educational Success Together (BEST) BEST is dedicated to expanding the effectiveness of those working to improve outcomes for children in urban public schools, focusing on the need for healthy, safe, and educationally adequate schools...
Camino Nuevo High School Los Angeles, California. Profiles this school on a long and narrow urban site, bounded by four busy streets. The solution was to create the common area on the interior of the building, as an open courtyard between two two-... 06/30/2010
Camino Nuevo High School, Los Angeles, California. Profiles this school built on a peculiar site that was essentially a traffic island bounded by four busy streets. The solution was to create the common area on the interior of the building, as an... 06/30/2007
Can Good Design Boost the Case for School Consolidation? Discusses some benefits of consolidating under-utilized schools, and how thoughtful facility design can ease the trauma of consolidation, and even better serve the educational program. 08/27/2008
Center for Cities and Schools The Center is committed to bridging the fields of education and urban policy to create equitable, diverse, and livable cities and schools. The Center works to promote understanding of how the...
Central Force. Examines siting schools in urban, mixed-use developments. The advantages to sharing of facilities and convenience to other civic amenities are cited, and advice on how to consider traffic and other... 12/31/2009
Cesar E. Chavez Education Center, Oakland, California The Cesar Chavez Educational Center is one of the winners of California's 2004 Savings By Design Energy Efficiency Integration Awards Competition for their integration of energy efficiency with... 12/31/2003
Charles W. Morey Elementary School. Profiles this Massachusetts elementary school that fits a large facility onto a tight site, and mimics the colors and textures of the surrounding residential neighborhood. 12/31/2010
Chartered Territory. Describes The Accelerated School in Los Angeles, a charter facility in a distressed urban setting that features high security without looking like a fortress. The educational program was successfully... 08/31/2005

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