Don Marinelli of the Entertainment Technology Center
Don Marinelli of Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center offers his answers to the question: how can students think outside of the box when they’re trapped in the box? Don discusses his views on redesigning the classroom and empowering students with the information, mateirals, technology, and environment that they need in order to successfully learn and create.
YOUmedia creates transformative spaces that act as catalysts for new and innovative types of thinking and learning. Many local schools are using YOUmedia designs as a model for renovation their own media centers and classroom used for teaching Zulama’s courses. The company stress the creation of open, flexible and creative spaces where students are free to “hang out, mess around, and geek out.”
Publicolor strives to engage students in their education through the use of design-based programs. The site offers many design-based programs, allowing students to design and create their own educational spaces.
Steelcase provides many planning ideas and guides for designing and implementing an innovative new workspace. Access to 2D and 3D AutoCAD drawings, SketchUp, and Revit files is available.
Hayes Design Group
The Hayes Design Group has worked on the remodeling and renovations of Bethel Park High School and McCormick Elementary School in Moon Area School District. This firm stresses ease of orientation. Hayes Design Group strives to create “neighborhoods of classrooms.”
Desmone & Associates Architects
Desmone & Associates Architects have recently renovated Central Catholic High School. The goal was to increase fresh air and natural light. They have also assisted in renovations for many universities.
Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners
Celli-Flynn Brennan Architects & Planners is currently working on the renovation and addition to Mt. Lebanon High School. Goals of this project include increasing the students’ exposure to the visual arts and make the building more accessible to project-based learning.
MAYA has been working with schools such as Avonworth and Elizabeth-Forward to better accommodate group and project-based learning. One of their main features is a wraparound whiteboard on curved walls.
The Foreman Group
The Foreman Group mainly works in K-12 buildings. Their most recent project was to transform a former Pittsburgh Public Schools space into the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy 6-12. Their aim is to design classrooms with different areas to accommodate different types of learning styles.