Designed to curb obesity


Here’s my latest article on school design and obesity published by School Planning & Management Magazine (June 2011 issue).
 
Traditional school design has focused on creating a “culture of convenience” that minimizes travel times between classes. In a scramble to accommodate schedules, facilities were designed in tight-knit spaces that hindered any physical movement among children. Designing spaces that help curb obesity in school children is one of the toughest school design issues at hand. Most will agree that there is a lot of head nodding out there regarding this topic but not a lot of implementation. Complete article is available here.

Plugging into the earth


My latest story on geothermal energy in schools. Despite a slow start in its early days, more school districts are embracing geothermal technology as a viable source of energy to power their school buildings. A growing interest in renewable energy, cost savings and popular sentiment against dependence on foreign oil is swaying communities and school boards, mostly in the Southwest, to opt for geothermal energy sources. To access article, click here.