Are We Afraid To Build Tall Schools?

Time: 16:25 - 16:40

Date: Tuesday 15 October

20191015 16:25 20191015 16:40 Europe/London Are We Afraid To Build Tall Schools?

With sites for schools becoming increasingly difficult to find in urban areas, the obvious answer would be to build tall.  Research for the new RIBA publication, High Density Schools, suggests that tall schools are relatively rare around the world.  Where there has been a concerted effort to build tall, for example in Sydney, the experience… Read more »

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Synopsis

With sites for schools becoming increasingly difficult to find in urban areas, the obvious answer would be to build tall.  Research for the new RIBA publication, High Density Schools, suggests that tall schools are relatively rare around the world.  Where there has been a concerted effort to build tall, for example in Sydney, the experience has been mixed with budget and political issues reducing confidence in the approach.  In the UK we seem relatively comfortable with schools of 5 or 6 storeys, but why do we balk at 10 or 12 storey schools (as the recent Planning Inquiry on the proposed SHaW Futures Academy in Bromley demonstrates).  We will explore the educational and design issues associated with tall schools, and challenge why we are not more willing to innovate in this area.

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