Hawthorne Elementary School in Mount Pleasant NY Photo courtesy of Peter Gisolfi Associates, Architects, Landscape Architects, LLP.

Hawthorne Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, N.Y.

School Design: Taking the Long View

Incorporating modern educational priorities in renovated and new school facilities.

What will school buildings be like in 25 or 50 years? We are living in a period when educational institutions are changing. For example, most of us are familiar with the Harkness table arrangement of secondary teaching and learning, where students sit at a conference table with their instructor, and everyone participates in the discussion. This is dramatically different from the “chalk and talk” lecture format that is still the most common model.

As another example, cons

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