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Pinghe Bibliotheater: An ocean of knowledge for students

Pinghe Bibliotheater: An ocean of knowledge for students

Part library, part theatre, Pinghe Bibliotheater by OPEN Architecture presents an ocean of knowledge for students of Qingpu Pinghe International School in Shanghai, China.

Designing for inclusivity: Key learnings for designing alternative flexible education schools

Designing for inclusivity: Key learnings for designing alternative flexible education schools

Research by Gray Puksand found that a sensitive, community-focussed approach was key to ensuring alternative flexible education schools best support students, Mark Freeman reports.

Listen – Robert Puksand on turning 30 years young

Listen – Robert Puksand on turning 30 years young

Tune in to this podcast with Indesign editor Alice Blackwood and Gray Puksand’s founding partner, Robert Puksand.

The university building that blurs academia and practice boundaries

The university building that blurs academia and practice boundaries

Blur and blend: the conventional boundaries between academia and practice are thoughtfully broken down in the University of Sydney’s Susan Wakil Health Building.

How masterful façades inspire us to engage with education precincts

How masterful façades inspire us to engage with education precincts

Architectural expression influences the way we engage with our education precincts. Lyons and John Wardle Architects marry design vision and innovative façade solutions to great effect.

Why schools play a critical role in new suburbs

Why schools play a critical role in new suburbs

If schools are the glue of our communities, what are the ‘sticky’ elements every modern school must have? Mark van den Enden of Architectus breaks it down for us.

Minimal or maximal? The power of adaptability in education

Minimal or maximal? The power of adaptability in education

Whether minimalist or maximalist, education design ultimately needs to be adaptable. Leanne Amodeo explores the power of flexibility in contemporary education spaces.

Grimshaw’s methodology for education urbanism

Grimshaw’s methodology for education urbanism

When education buildings are properly integrated into the urban fabric of cities, magic happens. Grimshaw puts the method around that magic.

The School of Design and Environment 1 is an exemplar of design for learning

The School of Design and Environment 1 is an exemplar of design for learning

Celebrating the diversity and excellence of primary through to tertiary schools, The Learning Space category in the INDE.Awards recognises that education design is paramount to educational success.

Don’t underestimate the design potential of durable flooring

Don’t underestimate the design potential of durable flooring

The trade-off between design versatility and performance is officially over in the world of durable flooring, thanks to these two Polyflor solutions.

“It’s about people and place” – education design in 2021

“It’s about people and place” – education design in 2021

How can we design our schools to better support our people and enrich our sense of community? Indesign Editor, Alice Blackwood, talks education and urbanism in 2021.

Is Queensland the education design capital of Australia?

Is Queensland the education design capital of Australia?

The AIA’s 2021 Queensland Architecture Awards winners demonstrate strong investment and innovation in educational design throughout the state.

Collaboration Station: ACU Mercy Building by ThomsonAdsett

Collaboration Station: ACU Mercy Building by ThomsonAdsett

Australian Catholic University’s Mercy Building, designed by ThomsonAdsett, is a perfect example of human-centred design for the built environment.

Our Latest Webinar ‘Educating Futures’ is on tomorrow!

Our Latest Webinar ‘Educating Futures’ is on tomorrow!

With thousands of registrations across our series our next Webinar is on tomorrow!

The latest issue of Indesign is here, online and FREE!

The latest issue of Indesign is here, online and FREE!

At this moment when there is perhaps more opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy a little more reading time, the latest issue of Indesign is here and available FREE and online at Indesignlive.

Navigating practice: Branch Studio Architects

Navigating practice: Branch Studio Architects

In just seven years, Branch Studio Architects has established a strong and resonant design ethos that has captured the loyalty of education and residential clients alike. But running a practice demands agility and foresight, as Branch has discovered first-hand.

Innovation in education at Penrith Public School

Innovation in education at Penrith Public School

Students at the newly-upgraded Penrith Public School, Sydney now have the opportunity to be part of a multitude of innovative learning environments.

It has landed! <em>Indesign</em> #77 – The ‘Knowledge Economy’ issue

It has landed! Indesign #77 – The ‘Knowledge Economy’ issue

The latest issue of Indesign magazine is hitting the streets, and as our education special, #77 will look into the ‘knowledge economy’ and how today’s student-centred learning models have cannoned us into an era of non-traditional learning environments.

Colour pops make a creative learning space by Christopher Elliott Design

Colour pops make a creative learning space by Christopher Elliott Design

Christopher Elliott Design utilised a vibrant palette and playful feel to transform an ageing heritage building into a youthful environment.

“I call it a ‘cultural effect’. It is an abstract quality of the architecture”: Ben Van Berkel on the architecture of education

“I call it a ‘cultural effect’. It is an abstract quality of the architecture”: Ben Van Berkel on the architecture of education

Ben Van Berkel of UNStudio is changing the way your children will learn. Discover how architecture has revolutionised knowledge sharing.

Breakout spaces that break the traditional paradigm: The University of Canberra

Breakout spaces that break the traditional paradigm: The University of Canberra

University life is about so much more than attending classes. With such spaced out schedules, it’s no surprise so many students choose to spend their downtime on campus – studying, relaxing, socialising. These activities need dedicated spaces and dedicated furniture to encourage healthy student life.

The city’s lounge room: City of Perth Library promotes the architecture of community

The city’s lounge room: City of Perth Library promotes the architecture of community

The City Of Perth Library by Kerry Hill Architects responds to community needs and dreams in ways that few of the world’s libraries can match.

Uncommon encounters: Design at Monash University promotes innovation and autonomy

Uncommon encounters: Design at Monash University promotes innovation and autonomy

A university’s purpose is to encourage students to think differently and act autonomously. In Monash University’s Learning and Teaching Building, it is finally being recognised that the architecture needs to mirror this.

Class disrupted: RMIT reimagines agility in the education sector

Class disrupted: RMIT reimagines agility in the education sector

The new generation of students might be throwing out the rulebook when it comes to old learning nodes, but RMIT’s New Academic Street is writing a new one.

Instant gratification: Curtin University’s Connect Hub

Instant gratification: Curtin University’s Connect Hub

Curtin University’s vibrant new Connect Hub is a place where students can come and get what they need, instantly.

Living Edge announces launch of The Learning Portfolio

Living Edge announces launch of The Learning Portfolio

Ahead of mass changes in education, Living Edge announce the launch of its proprietary education sector collection: The Learning Portfolio By Living Edge

Top education design for a smarter future

Top education design for a smarter future

Education design cannot be overlooked when we think about the future of our built environments. From architecturally inspired schools, to the break down of physical barriers to learning – the way we design our education facilities says a lot about what we care about in society.

Could you learn in this space?

Could you learn in this space?

While designers take up the tenets of biophilia for working and learning spaces, Gensler seeks out the zenith of minimalism in a futuristic light-sculpted convention hall. The intention is for optimum focus, free of distraction. Does the solution answer the challenge?

School is in session with Branch Studio Architects

School is in session with Branch Studio Architects

We speak to Brad Wray, director of Branch Studio Architects, about the positive and measurable effects of good design and architecture in secondary school environments.

Streets Ahead: RMIT’s New Academic Street

Streets Ahead: RMIT’s New Academic Street

How do our universities cater to education’s ‘new consumers’? That is 21st century students – new age info-natives who study, socialise and ‘hang’ in the spaces in-between home and the lecture theatre. RMIT’s New Academic Street is a radical re-make of a rapidly ageing campus, addressing changing student needs with a complex design scheme that puts the emphasis on technology and study.

A sunny disposition: LA High School

A sunny disposition: LA High School

It’s not often that we cover international projects on Indesign. This brand new high school in South Central Los Angeles, designed by Brooks + Scarpa, presents a colourful statement worth looking at.

School design must adapt – but architects must too

School design must adapt – but architects must too

As digital disruption changes the classroom, schools must become centres of collaboration and co-creation. But if you think it’s as simple as smart building design, think again, says dwp’s education lead, David Clarke.

Investing in the arts: Auckland Diocesan School for Girls

Investing in the arts: Auckland Diocesan School for Girls

A new arts building at Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls, which is wrapped up in a glimmering metal façade, showcases state-of-the-art technology and the value of investing in the arts.

Thinking outside the box: Frankston Primary School Early Learning Centre

Thinking outside the box: Frankston Primary School Early Learning Centre

Chaulk Studio has broken down the walls of traditional closed-off classrooms by creating interconnected and adaptable learning and play spaces for interaction and exploration.

Space to grow: The positives of carpet in multi-residential and education environments

Space to grow: The positives of carpet in multi-residential and education environments

How should designers approach carpet specification for multi-residential and education environments? Download the free whitepaper on carpet specification for these sectors, here!

Designing for designers: The School of Fine Furniture

Designing for designers: The School of Fine Furniture

Driving The University of Tasmania’s sustainable philosophy, Six Degrees has designed the first purpose-built facility for its School of Fine Furniture.

Australia’s education sector reaches new heights … literally!

Australia’s education sector reaches new heights … literally!

With more enrolments than ever and less real estate stock available, how is design in the education sector building a new culture of learning in Australia?

Designing the university experience: student amenities and accommodation

Designing the university experience: student amenities and accommodation

University enrolments across Australia continue to skyrocket. How are our architects and designers responding to this increased demand on student amenities?

Learning from tomorrow’s education spaces : Living Edge supports the future of education in our region

Learning from tomorrow’s education spaces : Living Edge supports the future of education in our region

As the Official Partner for the 2018 INDE.Awards, Living Edge continues to support our region’s design prowess in the educational sector.

Design a Key Driver of a Positive Student Experience

Design a Key Driver of a Positive Student Experience

Tertiary education is fast becoming the norm for a new generation of Australian and international students. As the sector continues to grow, we look at the key role of design in determining the quality of the student experience within Australian universities.

A Lesson in Empowering Play Through Self-determining Design

A Lesson in Empowering Play Through Self-determining Design

St Stephen’s Junior School upgrade by CODA (now COX Architecture) creates a new heart for the school where the children can take ownership of the space.

Can the Design of a Library Inspire Architectural Thinking?

Can the Design of a Library Inspire Architectural Thinking?

There is a lot that can be learnt from architecture books, but even more so from architecture itself. Quaine Library, designed by Branch Studio Architects, introduces students to architectural thinking, whether they know it or not.

Retrofit For The Future: Macquarie Uni’s Mitchell Building – IDL

Retrofit For The Future: Macquarie Uni’s Mitchell Building – IDL

NBRS Architecture have transformed one of the oldest structures on Macquarie University’s campus – the Faculty of Science & Engineering’s Mitchell building – to create an energy and space efficient contemporary workspace that encourages collaboration whilst respecting the historical, social and aesthetic significance of the building.

Get A Sneak-Peek Into RMIT’s New Academic Street Led By Lyons Architecture

Get A Sneak-Peek Into RMIT’s New Academic Street Led By Lyons Architecture

The newly refurbished campus connects Melbourne’s CBD to the university, transforms the student experience and is arguably one of the most majorly epic projects we’ve seen this year.

Sydney School Of Entrepreneurship By MAKE Creative

Sydney School Of Entrepreneurship By MAKE Creative

MAKE Creative was given the exciting task of developing the new Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) located on the TAFE Ultimo campus. The SSE is a collaboration between 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW for students interested in entrepreneurial thinking.

L’Oréal Training Academy By Technē Architecture + Interior Design

L’Oréal Training Academy By Technē Architecture + Interior Design

Technē Architecture + Interior Design brings L’Oréal’s Australian flagship training academy firmly into the modern (and digital) age. We asked Technē interior designer Kate Archibald about how the design succeeds in educating and inspiring its trainees.

Can Toys Inspire Our Approach To Designing Space? FROEBEL Play Pods By Silvester Fuller

Can Toys Inspire Our Approach To Designing Space? FROEBEL Play Pods By Silvester Fuller

Silvester Fuller has taken inspiration from nineteenth-century educational toys as an economical and multifunctional approach to creating and defining space for children to play and develop.

Interface

Interface

Interface, by definition, is the world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tile. For Interface, design is a mindset and sustainability is the journey of a lifetime. So, what drives them? A positive vision of the future and the determination to make it come true. The moral courage to do what is right, despite all […]

Can A Building Improve Your Social Life? Murdoch University’s Mandurah Campus By CODA

Can A Building Improve Your Social Life? Murdoch University’s Mandurah Campus By CODA

Murdoch University’s new student space bridges the gap between classrooms, class times and students, contributing to the all-important social aspect of student life.

Polytec

Polytec

Polytec is an Australian marketer and distributor of decorative surfaces, dedicated to providing the finest quality products across Australia. Across the industry Polytec is recognised for innovation, craftsmanship, customer service and the use of quality materials. In the decorative surfaces category, Polytec is the fastest growing brand in Australia – with a drive to the manufacture of products with the […]

‘Vertical’. ‘Sticky’ … What Has Happened to Education Sector Design?

‘Vertical’. ‘Sticky’ … What Has Happened to Education Sector Design?

How do you design a campus that encourages students and staff to linger? And how do you foster a sense of connection in a vertical tower block?

Can Kids Learn About Good Design Through Their School Environment?

Can Kids Learn About Good Design Through Their School Environment?

Branch Studio Architects has designed The Quad Canteen a space that has the potential to be more than just a canteen.

The Solution to High Traffic Bathrooms

The Solution to High Traffic Bathrooms

In redesigning London’s Queen Mary University restrooms, usual design concerns of style and function had to be placed alongside the fact that a university washroom is a particularly high traffic area; enter Corian.

Humanscale

Humanscale

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve health and comfort at work. Their award-winning office solutions – including self adjusting seating, sit/stand desks, monitor arms and task lighting – inspire movement and support the user in their every posture. Humanscale’s Design Studio, based in New York City, abides by the philosophy that […]

Products for People

Products for People

Good design exists for people – and the Team at P4: Products For People are, appropriately, all about people. Design should communicate with you; never dictate. It should enable you; not hinder. Design should be commercially and culturally expressive, not repressive. And most importantly, design should evolve. To evolve is part of the human experience, […]

Western Sydney University, by Woods Bagot

Western Sydney University, by Woods Bagot

Integrated technology might be commonplace in the workplace, but in education spaces it’s still a fairly new phenomenon. At Western Sydney University, Woods Bagot’s vertical campus design raises the bar in more ways than one.

University of Queensland Architecture School by m3architecture

University of Queensland Architecture School by m3architecture

The University of Queensland’s School of Architecture building has been born again thanks to the design of m3architecture.

Putting the joy back into Brutalism: The University of Queensland School of Architecture by m3architecture

Putting the joy back into Brutalism: The University of Queensland School of Architecture by m3architecture

Brisbane’s m3architecture found the University of Queensland’s brutalist School of Architecture building had its problems but also the potential to transform itself and embrace its beautiful landscape.

Australian Educational Standards Have Fallen Below Par

Australian Educational Standards Have Fallen Below Par

In the effort to improve our comparative educational standards, the Australian A+D community is becoming more involved in creating a new culture of learning country-wide.

Futurespace’s Education Centre Offers Pre-Schoolers a Seamless Transition

Futurespace’s Education Centre Offers Pre-Schoolers a Seamless Transition

The role of A+D in the early childhood education sector is becoming increasingly crucial. But, in what can be a high-stress environment for child and parent alike, how have we responded to ensure that our youngest end-users can experience confidence early in their educational career?

Education Hits the Road in Uganda

Education Hits the Road in Uganda

A multidisciplinary team in Kampala will transform the urban landscape with MatatArt, a mobile educational arts facility.

Social Learning Loop

Social Learning Loop

Using a continuous 183 metre long learning loop, architects Bennett & Trimble have developed an ingenious short-term solution to increase learning space at Sydney’s Macquarie University. Tempe Ruth Macgowan writes.

Who won what at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards

Who won what at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards

The 2015 winners of the Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Awards were announced at Sydney Town Hall last night.

A library conducive to Chance Encounters

A library conducive to Chance Encounters

A desire to experiment, encourage serendipitous encounters, and offer a choice of learning settings has seen Griffith University’s new Library and Learning Commons redefine the typography of what we expect from a university library.

New design school building opened in Melbourne

New design school building opened in Melbourne

The University of Melbourne’s School of Design has opened a new building for its Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. The building has been opened following an international design competition, won by John Wardle Architects in collaboration with Boston-based NADAAA.

Wayne Stephens on the award-winning Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences

Wayne Stephens on the award-winning Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences

In 2014, ClarkeHopkinsClarke won ‘Best Education Initiative or Design Solution for an Innovative Program’ for the Elizabeth Blackburn School of Sciences. We talk to education specialist and Partner in charge Wayne Stephens about the project.

Design increases awareness of Library

Design increases awareness of Library

To increase awareness of Stanmore Library, Marickville Council organised a public art competition in late 2013. MAKE Creative had the winning scheme.

For the Love of Play: Lamdeni Community Learning Centre

For the Love of Play: Lamdeni Community Learning Centre

Studio Y exemplify the importance that play has on the education of minors through the innovative design of Elsternwick’s new Lamdeni Community Learning Centre.