Green Learning

It is well-established that school design affects learning. Now, evidence is emerging that beyond the classroom, views and surrounding landscapes have big impacts too. The Dirt has a new article about a University of Illinois study that found green views led to better attentional functioning and stress recovery after short breaks from academic activities. For designers, architects and landscape architects, this has important implications. On one hand, it provides further reason to limit parking lots or place them underground. On the other, it suggests that designs and retrofits that maximize indoor views of trees and greenery enhance the learning environment and further support academic success.

Mitchell Reardon

Mitchell Reardon is the TH!NK by IBI blog curator, a land use planner and urban experimenter. His interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. Mitchell is enjoying life in Vancouver, after 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Catch up with him on Twitter: @MitchellReardon

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