What's the Big Idea?

You know your school building better than almost any other building you use everyday day. Love it or hate it, because you spend a lot of time there, you must have opinions about the design of your school. Here are six great examples of school buildings around the country - each with a different big idea to teach.

Society

How do you help school kids connect to their neighborhood and also see a future beyond it? Give every classroom an amazing view.

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Site

Plants, birds, and butterflies on the roof of a library? Check out the green roof and other green features at this California school.

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Spaces

All schools have shelves for books, but this Seattle school was designed with innovative shelves to bounce and also block sunlight.

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Systems

This pond at a Washington, DC school is designed to filter and recycle wastewater to be reused in the building's toilets.

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Structure

The structure of this university athletic center is more like a giant suspension bridge than a typical building. Amazing engineering!

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Skin

The bright red and blue panels on this urban youth center make a bold statement that says: this is the place to be.

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Stuff

All the other stuff in your school (lockers, desks, benches) was designed by someone. But are all these well-designed objects?

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