LEED Platinum Akademeia High School caters to millennials

April 13, 2020 by  
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When  Medusa Group Architects  was tasked to design a high school in Warsaw, the Polish interdisciplinary design studio’s team seized the opportunity to address the perceived failures of the public education system to keep up with changing millennial needs. As a result, their design of Akademeia High School, completed in 2015, encourages a welcoming and flexible “lifestyle atmosphere” where students are encouraged to stay in school even after classes end. Built primarily of locally sourced timber, the school also boasts low energy consumption and has achieved LEED Platinum certification with a total of 86 points.  Spanning an area of 14,369 square meters, the Akademeia High School comprises a U-shaped building that wraps around a central  courtyard . Taking inspiration from urban design and place-making principles, the architects deliberately introduced a sense of ambiguity to many of the indoor spaces to encourage students to adapt the rooms to multifunctional uses. Seating, for example, is no longer limited to benches and chairs but also encompasses sculptural interior surfaces and the stairs of the outdoor amphitheater-like structure facing the central courtyard. The school cafeteria has also been transformed from a traditionally single-use space into a  multi-use  space akin to a “fashionable restaurant” that is open throughout the day for various functions. “This is a place where you can work with literature, meet with a psychologist, wait for parents and at the same time sit at a laptop and do homework, preparing the elders,” explain the architects in their project statement. “We wanted pupils in small groups to learn the culinary art from the kitchen, get to know the flavors and make inspiring, culinary travels – geography with gastronomy in one.” Related: A clean-energy school in southern France draws power from the sun Students can further their culinary arts education on the accessible roof, where an  urban garden  grows and houses beehives during the summer. The herbs grown on the roof are used in the school cafeteria. The rooftop space can also host classroom activities, from biology and physics to astronomy and geography.  + Medusa Group Architects Photography: J?drzej i Juliusz Soko?owscy

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Caught on Film: High School Turbine Raising

November 10, 2011 by  
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A time-lapse video of a high school raising up their first wind turbine shows a lesson they won’t forget.

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The latest trend among the 1%: Generator Envy

November 10, 2011 by  
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Home theatres and wine grottos are so 2007; the latest trend is the home generator. Next: Gun turrets.

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See-Through Car is Super Efficient (307 mpg!)

August 23, 2010 by  
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Photos from Bridgestone Americas Inc . This car turns heads. It’s clear

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Is the Electrification of Transportation a Good Thing? (Part 2)

August 23, 2010 by  
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Electric Cars are Coming – Is it a Good Thing? In part 1 , we looked at why it’s important to get our cars off oil and what the first part of that transition might look like

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Does Obama Really Support Sustainable Agriculture?

August 23, 2010 by  
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Image credit: The WHO Farm When Michelle Obama first announced her White House garden , locavores everywhere rejoiced. Here was a highly symbolic, yet practical, indication of where the administration stood on sustainable agriculture. Yet while the First Lady has since enlarged the White House garden , and even

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Just What We Needed Dept: More Useless Kitchen Accessories and NSFW Yet

August 23, 2010 by  
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“Don’t be someone who needs help carrying a banana. That’s not who you are” You don’t need a lot of stuff to be a good cook; Mark Bittman says “”A stove, a sink, a refrigerator, some pots and pans, a knife and some serving spoons,” I answered. “All else is optional.” But what amazing options there are, those single purpose kitchen gadgets that take up so much space

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