Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Escola Estadual Professora Selma Maria Martins Cunha, Votorantim, São Paulo, Brazil

The objective of this school project was to create bright, well-illuminated and well ventilated educational spaces, with clear flows and continuous spaces, for the whole community - especially information technology and reading rooms, but also sporting facilities, covered courtyards, dining rooms and canteens - in a low socio-economic suburb with such few areas available for use by the general public. The site lies at right-angles to the street and faces the landscape, taking advantage of the views of the valley and the woods. A ramp connects the two blocks: classrooms, studios and library; and courtyard. Wide openings promote natural ventilation, and brises-soleil made from certified wood were used in order to provide shade from direct sunlight, shelter from the rain and break the appearance of pre-cast concrete.
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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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