Design for Learning: values, qualities and processes of enriching school landscapes.

Johnson, J.M., 2002, Design for Learning: values, qualities and processes of enriching school landscapes., American Society of Landscape Architects

  • Author : Johnson, J.M.
  • Year : 2002
  • Pages : 85
  • Publisher : American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Abstract in English : FROM THE AUTHOR: Significant national attention and funding are being directed towards k-12 education. Amidst this change, school landscapes need to be reconceived and designed as interactive places for learning. Learning is most meaningful when it engages our senses fully, when it is grounded in daily life, and when play is part of the process. The design of school landscapes holds boundless opportunities to foster these experiences, and simultaneously enhance landscapes' values for the ecology of natural and community systems. This paper presents learning values of school landscapes, as well as design qualities and processes that may enrich these landscapes for children and community. Concepts and issues are introduced with literature references and examples. These concepts are used as a lens to view three Seattle case studies that illustrate varied contexts of school landscapes. Conclusions focus on conditions that are needed to make enriched school landscapes an integral part of children's learning and community life.
  • Comments/Notes : A report ISSN: 0195-5764. KEYWORDS: Children, school grounds, landscape architecture, landscape design,education, nature education, community landscape. Free to download from internet: