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Foundation: school designers must try harder

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The Architecture Foundation has published details of a design initiative for secondary schools modelled on work done originally by Dominic Cullinan Architects and Elden Croy Architects (aj 25.2.99).

Called 'School Works', the initiative involved visiting schools to look at recurrent problems - prison-like corridors, inadequate staffrooms, graffiti-ridden wcs - and testing quick participatory techniques at achieving solutions. It also includes a 'provocative project' in which one school - Kingsdale in Southwark, London - will be given a full makeover after widespread consultation. It needs around £5 million of work, starting in the autumn term, and the foundation is lobbying the Treasury and Department for Education and Employment for extra funds. Southwark is another funder, along with the Glass-House Trust. The result will be the subject of an exhibition and best-practice document. The project was organised in association with the Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training.

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