A fundamental design standard of all Learning Escape Buildings is to maximise exposure to natural light, providing views of nature and easy access to the outdoors, all of which have a positive impact on mental well-being and learning outcomes. Our ethos resonates nicely with the mission of an organisation called Street Wisdom, whose workshops take participants out of the workplace and outside, giving them the time and space to switch off from distractions and switc...
Many debates take place around subject matter, teaching styles, classroom sizes, and learning styles, all of which are important issues. However, spatial design gets considerably less attention in terms of how it influences students’ learning abilities. To examine this relationship between students and their environments, we take a look at how certain aspects of design affect student performance.
The Lady in the Lodge tells us how a Garden Annexe could be the perfect solution for our ageing population
As lifespans rise and people increasingly choose to start their families later in life, a new demographic phenomena has emerged. The so called “sandwich generation” are finding themselves caring for both children and aging parents (often living a fair distance away) and, for many, the dual burden can be overwhelming emotionally, logistically and financially. Yet, for all but a few, the notion of moving their elderly loved ones in to their own family home is both impractical and intolerable.
Last month, Theresa May announced new measures to support the mental health of children and adolescents, noting that “mental illness too often starts in childhood and, when left untreated, it can blight lives and become entrenched.” Over half of adult mental health problems (and almost 25% of the adult population will be suffering in any one year) begin by the age of 14 and 75% by age 18. So whilst the measures are to be welcomed, they are not to be fully implemented until 2020, leaving a wide (and widening) gap to be bridged.
There are very good reasons why we clad most of our buildings in red cedar. It is beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Cedar has a considerable naturally resistance to decay and should last a good 40 or 50 years without the need for any significant maintenance.