Building Better Schools: 6 Ways to Help Our Children Learn

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© Velux Group © Velux Group Did you know that 64 million European children spend more time at school than anywhere else other than their home? European children spend approximately 200 days each year at their primary schools. With this information, how do we go about designing healthier classrooms that create productive learning environments? This question is perhaps more important than ever, as this will be the first time since the 1970s that Europe and the UK will see a boom in the construction and renovation of schools. What a tremendous opportunity this is for both architects and educators to rethink what an educational facility should be and how the physical environment can be designed to have a positive impact on learning.
More than 64 million European school children and 4.5 million teachers spend around 200 days in school per year. Children spend around 70% of their time indoors corresponding to almost
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Roof windows and skylights are generally less affected by outside obstructions than windows in the façade. Image © Velux Group
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Ventilation in schools can be provided mechanically using fans and/or by natural airflows through open windows and doors. Image © Velux Group
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15 Metal Fittings for Connecting Laminated Wooden Structures

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When designing wooden structures, it’s very important to consider joints and reinforcements that will allow them to stay together and upright. These connectors not only allow for adhering wood to wood but also let you anchor wood elements to brick and concrete walls. 

With such a variety of pieces needing to be connected together (beam-beam / beam-pillar / beam-strut / beam-wall / base-frames), working with hardware requires the advice of a calculating engineer or a professional with knowledge and experience. To guide you in this process, we have selected 15 metal fittings specially designed by Arauco to connect wood pieces. 

Anchoring Pillars to Floor

For pillars that need to take lateral forces
M90 for 90 mm pillars M90 for 90 mm pillars

Diagonal Beam Joint

Simple base plate

Diagonal Beam Joint Diagonal Beam Joint

Beam Anchoring

Joining beam to brick wall

Beam Anchoring Beam Anchoring

Straight Sectional Metal Pillar

Straight sectional metal pillar

Straight Sectional Metal Pillar Straight Sectional Metal Pillar

Built-In
Built-In Pillar
Hidden Support
Plate Recessed
Beam Strut V Joint
Roof Truss to Wall Joint
Beam to Slope Joint
Beam to Beam Joints
T-plate Joint
Corner Type Joint
Support Plate
Double Anchor
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Download 15 Free CAD Blocks and Files for Playground Equipment

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Courtesy of UrbanPlay Courtesy of UrbanPlay With the aim of supporting the design work of our readers, the company UrbanPlay has shared with us a series of files in .DWG format for different models of children's games, playgrounds, and equipment for public space. Files can be downloaded directly in this article and include 2D and 3D files. See all 15 below.

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Cloud 9 Doble / UrbanPlay Cloud 9 Doble / UrbanPlay
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Mars / UrbanPlay Mars / UrbanPlay

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O'tannebaum / UrbanPlay O'tannebaum / UrbanPlay

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Spaceball L / UrbanPlay Spaceball L / UrbanPlay

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Vip Swing / UrbanPlay Vip Swing / UrbanPlay

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Picadilly Circle / UrbanPlay Picadilly Circle / UrbanPlay

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Pentagode M / UrbanPlay Pentagode M / UrbanPlay

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Overhead Ladder / UrbanPlay Overhead Ladder / UrbanPlay

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Push Up Bars / UrbanPlay Push Up Bars / UrbanPlay

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Magnetics Bells, Suspenion Trainer & Barra con redes / UrbanPlay Magnetics Bells, Suspenion Trainer & Barra con redes / UrbanPlay

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Adara II / UrbanPlay
Supernova / UrbanPlay
Spinner Bowl / UrbanPlay
Emerido / UrbanPlay
Balancín Jardín / UrbanPlay
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15 CAD Blocks and Files for Playground Equipment

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Courtesy of UrbanPlay Courtesy of UrbanPlay With the aim of supporting the design work of our readers, the company UrbanPlay has shared with us a series of files in .DWG format for different models of children's games, playgrounds, and equipment for public space. Files can be downloaded directly in this article and include 2D and 3D files. See all 15 below.

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Cloud 9 Doble / UrbanPlay Cloud 9 Doble / UrbanPlay
Download 3D file here

Mars / UrbanPlay Mars / UrbanPlay

Download 3D file here

O'tannebaum / UrbanPlay O'tannebaum / UrbanPlay

Download 3D file here

Spaceball L / UrbanPlay Spaceball L / UrbanPlay

Download 3D file here

Vip Swing / UrbanPlay Vip Swing / UrbanPlay

Download 3D file here

Picadilly Circle / UrbanPlay Picadilly Circle / UrbanPlay

Download 3D file here

Pentagode M / UrbanPlay Pentagode M / UrbanPlay

Download 3D file here

Overhead Ladder / UrbanPlay Overhead Ladder / UrbanPlay

Download 2D and 3D files here

Push Up Bars / UrbanPlay Push Up Bars / UrbanPlay

Download 2D and 3D files here

Magnetics Bells, Suspenion Trainer & Barra con redes / UrbanPlay Magnetics Bells, Suspenion Trainer & Barra con redes / UrbanPlay

Download 2D and 3D files here

Adara II / UrbanPlay
Supernova / UrbanPlay
Spinner Bowl / UrbanPlay
Emerido / UrbanPlay
Balancín Jardín / UrbanPlay
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How to Correctly Design and Build a Kitchen

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Courtesy of Arauco Courtesy of Arauco Before starting the design process, the most important thing is to understand how the kitchen is going to be used. This is a basic approach that any architect must take. A kitchen can’t be just a leftover space or a space to be defined at the end of a project. Designers must understand that a kitchen has various flows and different work areas that need to be integrated throughout the entire project. Beyond the style or design requested by the client, it’s important to define a module to optimize performance and minimize the manufacturing costs of the different pieces. This way, measurements of all the components of a kitchen are set before defining the space that will house them. Workspaces and Flow There are a number of studies that have defined 5 general areas in a kitchen:

AD Materials Round Up: Wire Mesh

Though it can sometimes be overlooked in favor of materials which are more decisively either transparent or opaque, wire mesh is a tremendously versatile material that can be used for anything from delicate screens to a rough industrial interior. Here, ArchDaily Materials presents five projects that use wire mesh to great effect: Camenzind Evolution’s “Coccoon” building which shrouds the entire facade in a silvery screen; the Ibiray House by Oreggioni Prieto, which uses a loose mesh to grow plants for seasonal shading; Melaten Car Park by KSG Architekten, which uses a mesh facade to create an “out of focus” effect; Nickl & Partner Architekten’s Renovation and Extension of the Hameln County Hospital, which uses motorized mesh screens to shade patient rooms; and finally the Croatian Pavilion for the 2010 Venice Biennale, with an interior space dramatically carved from a block of 32 tons of welded wire mesh.

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