Blog - Learning

Resilient Cities Need Green Infrastructure

​Stormwater management is an urban resilience issue - impacting water quality and the natural environment, public health and well-being, and economic development.

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Outdoor Learning Spaces in School Architecture

​More elementary schools are seeing the benefits of providing outdoor learning spaces that go beyond the playground. These varied spaces create learning opportunities that complement what is being taught inside the school.

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Radiation Therapy: Designing for the Patient Experience

Advancements in technology and radiation therapy are showing promising results in cancer treatment, but the number of cancer patients continues to rise. Radiation therapy room design, also known as linear accelerator vault design, is particularly challenging because these rooms can be quite intimidating for patients. There are a few techniques to make radiotherapy room design more comfortable for patients while still meeting shielding and space requirements.

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Classroom Utilization: Space Savings and Staff Collaboration

Classroom utilization is a powerful tool to help high schools figure out how to balance space efficiency and budget constraints with flexibility and space needs for specialized courses.

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Open Media Centers: the Heart of the School

Many elementary school educational specifications or project goals talk about how the library or media center should be the heart of the school and a more active and engaging space, but often concerns about things like collection counts and standardized testing, and a more traditional vision of a library, end up taking precedence over that vision.

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Dedicated or Embedded? Exploring Options for Early Childhood Education Campuses

Which is better: dedicated early childhood education (ECE) campuses or embedding ECE into elementary schools?

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Designing Green and Recognizing Red

After a year of intensive research, Sarah Noble, intern interior designer, and Stasha Thompson, interior design administrative assistant, shared their understanding of red list products and building materials at an October Friday Focus.

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Edible Landscapes Blend Beauty with Practicality

​D/P/S employees are lifelong learners driven by a desire to share information. Friday Focus, an informal, bi-weekly group discussion with morning coffee and treats, brings staff together to talk about design, ask questions, and share the things that inspire them. Enjoy this Friday Focus sneak peek on Edible Landscaping.

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UNM Domenici Center for Health Science Education Opens Final Wing and Celebrates LEED Gold

The University of New Mexico has opened its third and final phase of the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education, the culmination of over 17 years of strategic planning.

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Bernalillo High School Wins A4LE Southwest Region Award for School Facility Excellence

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini received the 2018 Monarch Award for its design of Bernalillo High School. Awarded by the Association for Learning Environments, the Monarch Award recognizes exceptional planning and architectural design of high-quality learning environments in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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