Hi and thanks for this great forum! I'm an interior design student and for my senior project am designing a middle school/community center. I'm still in the programming phase and am learning as much as possible about different philosophies regarding education and the education environment. What is the ideal size for a school? What spaces need to be for students only (not open for community use)? What spaces have the most potential to serve both students and the greater community? How can the design of a school connect the students with their community and provide for inter-generational learning? So far, I am thinking that a museum that explores the languages, landscapes, and cultures of the region could help increase both interest and knowledge of the region (for students and public alike - students could be docents). Combining a public library at the school could ensure that both the library and the school have adequate funding - and could improve the quality of the school library. A performing arts center that has separate public entrance would help make the school building a focus for the community. If you have any other thoughts, please let me know! Time is limited and since budget is not an issue (the joys of being a student), I can entertain any and all ideas. Thank you!
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