Centering Place & People in Education Infrastructure


Despite tremendous local variation and rapid societal changes in recent decades, the physical design of schools has largely remained standardized and static — not tailored to students’ preferences, communities’ unique needs and assets, or the opportunities afforded by advances in digital technologies. This panel will explore the potential of schools to be the ultimate community infrastructure and the application of placemaking in public education. How might rethinking the learning environment (physical and digital) and centering students improve education outcomes and strengthen communities?

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  1. Given renewed political support for infrastructure, bridging the gap with the education sector could unlock funding and catalyze impact for learners.
  2. Schools are critical assets that should enrich and shape communities as well as be reflective of them; increased permeability has mutual benefits.
  3. Examples of innovative educational infrastructure already exist; we need mechanisms to identify and support these entrepreneurial communities.



Logan Cummings, Engagement Manager, Luminary Labs

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  • Tags: school design, virtual learning
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Community Initiatives
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Field Experience

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