Skip to main content
April 12
John Dale presents at A4LE Northeast Regional & AIA/CAE Conference: Building Community through Education
"OPEN BUILDING: Creating Resilient Educational Environments for Vibrant Communities"
John Dale, FAIA, HED and Stephen Kendall, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Ball State University

Educational buildings constitute a huge and influential part of our built environment and directly impact a huge portion of our population on a daily basis. At any given point in time the majority of these facilities are inadequate to the task at hand – providing meaningful, relevant, accommodating, healthy settings for learning, In fact, many of these buildings continue to operate long after they have become obsolete. Many of our school districts undergo cycles of renewal and rebuilding in 30-year increments and are – in between these disruptive renewal programs – frequently finding their building stock an impediment to the vital activities essential to effective and progressive education. This presentation / workshop is an exploration of decision-making strategies designed to support a longer and more dynamic vision about the creation of educational facilities and highlights some recent school projects from across the Unities States that embody the principals of Open Building particularly well. Open Building advocates the creation of a resilient building stock capable of change and adaptation over time while facilitating decision making on multiple levels. In the context of education architecture – in particular schools – this means creating facilities that accommodate change as the communities around them evolve.
Learning Objectives:
- Become acquainted with the principals of Open Building and the origins of an international movement for the creation of flexible, resilient, place-specific structures.

- Learn about recent, cutting edge educational projects that embody Open Building principals.

- Gain insight into the multiple perspectives on planning for flexibility in educational environments.

- Understand the implications of systems design and its relationship to healthy, resilient environments as a critical aspect of Open Building.