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Mulan Village School in China by Rural Urban FrameworkSubscription

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AR School Commended: RUF’s expansion of a school in a backwater in north Guangdong, makes it a focus for the rural community

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‘CVDB Arquitectos’ Braamcamp Freire School improves a socially troubled district’Subscription

By Luís Santiago Baptista

Braamcamp Freire School in Lisbon by CVDB Arquitectos

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School of Shakira: Lomas del Peyé School, Cartagena, Colombia, by Giancarlo MazzantiSubscription

By Felipe Walter

Funded by the Colombian chanteuse’s charity, this school rises above the slum that surrounds it, catalysing social uplift and forming a new anchoring point in a marginalised community

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Learning Process: Justus-von-Liebig School, Moers, Germany, by Peter HubnerSubscription

By Peter Blundell Jones

Participatory design lies at the heart of Peter Hübner’s practice, and in this new school in Germany it comes into its own as students and teachers collaborated with the architects to create a space of their own

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Lethbridge University: The Spaceship-like Prairie School Comes of AgeSubscription

By Hadani Ditmars

In the late 1960s, Arthur Erickson’s heroic campus for the University of Lethbridge in Alberta emerged from the coulées of the Canadian prairie. Assailed by insensitive additions of intervening decades, a new masterplan promises renewal

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Visual Arts Institutional Campus in Rohtak by Raj Rewal AssociatesSubscription

By Suparna Rajguru, Britt Eversole

Drawing deeply on historic and typological precedents, this suburban arts campus in northern India inculcates a rich and dynamic culture of encounter and exchange

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Health Sciences Faculty, San Jorge University by Taller Básico De Arquitectura, ZARAGOZASubscription

White concrete overlapping planes elevate the modular into the atmospheric in this health sciences faculty in semi-rural Zaragoza

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Makoko Floating School by NLE Architects, LagosSubscription

A floating school constructed from bamboo and timber gives a poor waterborne community in Lagos a social focus

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The Royal Academy of Arts extension by David Chipperfield, LondonSubscription

By Niall Hobhouse

The Royal Academy and the former Senate House, which have stood back-to-back in sulky animosity for 150 years, are now set to be finally united

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M Building Housing, Stéphane Maupin, Paris, FranceSubscription

Highly Commended in the ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture, The M Building manages sight-line constraints with panache, creating a village within the city

 Beyond the reading room’s immediately dramatic appearance it takes a more recessive role as a ‘host’ with its seamless light-grey environment acting  as a backdrop for the multi-coloured books

Stuttgart City Library by Yi ArchitectsSubscription

By Oriel Prizeman

Boldly plundering historical sources, this new library in Stuttgart is both rich in allusion and full of surprises

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2002 January: Sustainable School by Lucien Kroll (Caundry, France)Subscription

By Peter Blundell Jones

One of the most rigorous programmes ever devised ensured that this French school is environmentally appropriate in multiple ways. It has many lessons to teach.

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Modular Genetics by Ctrl G Subscription

By Miguel Mesa

A team of two architects has created a classroom module to deliver Medellín’s new kindergartens. The first completed pair show the system’s potential for variety and sensitivity to context

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Plain SpeakingSubscription

By Steven Spier

Set on an Alpine floodplain, this new teaching workshop for Swiss construction students embodies an exemplary rigour and sobriety