Opening March 3, 2013, the Green Schools exhibition looks at schools from across the country—public and private; large and small—that are taking advantage of new technologies and ideas to improve their infrastructure. The exhibit is broadly divided into two thematic sections. The first will focus on how schools are “getting green” by examining the architecture, landscape, and sustainable systems for air, light, and water, while weighing the cost and environmental benefits of construction. The second section will concentrate on how schools are “staying green,” taking a look at curricula, garden programs, composting and recycling, transportation, green cleaning, and other issues.
A highlight of the exhibit is the Perkins+Will-designed Sprout Space modular classroom assembled on the west lawn. The project is a culmination of Perkins+Will’s 75-year legacy with sustainable school design and its dedication to education, health, and the environment. Sprout Space has a threefold mission: to provide healthy, sustainable, and flexible spaces for students to learn. Currently, more than 7.5 million children are being taught in temporary classrooms. Perkins+Will’s goal in creating Sprout Space was to use the firm’s institutional experience and design thinking to address issues associated with temporary classrooms. These issues include lack of local educational resources and declining test scores nationwide. Perkins+Will addressed these issues by redesigning the classroom from the inside out to produce a new generation of affordable modular classrooms for the 21st century. For more information about Sprout Space visit – www.sproutspace.com.
The Green Schools exhibit will remain on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. through January 5, 2014.