Auer & Sandås architects, Aurora School, Espoo 2016. © Oskar Sandås

Latest issue 2 / 2017 - schools, female architects

Schools are constantly evolving and the architecture of new schools is of a high quality and vibrant. This positive trend, however, has been generally overshadowed in the media – and for good reason – by the moisture and indoor air quality problems in school buildings. The primary school is one of the key factors behind the success of the Finnish welfare society. In today’s society, that is becoming increasingly fragmented and multicultural, the primary school creates a positive cultural collectivity. As new teaching ideals and methods have an impact on the architectural design of schools, a natural pressure for renewal materialises. The current trend in school building seems to be centralisation and larger units. Studies have shown that learning outcomes are better in large schools than in small ones. The sizes of schools have also increased by attaching to...

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