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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 Floating in the Sky in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand by Kochi University of TechnologySubscription

AR_EA Highly Commended: Catering for orphans and children of refugees, earthbound domes support a lightweight steel structure

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Nursery School in Japan by Takahashi IppeiSubscription

The result of a collaboration between Takahashi Ippei and the local community, this school doubles as a new garden and social space for the town

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Reid Bulding, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow by Steven HollSubscription

By Richard Weston

Despite trenchant criticism, Steven Holl’s Reid Building emerges as an open armature for creative encounter at the Glasgow School of Art

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Business School, State University of New York by Perkins + WillSubscription

By Jeremy Melvin

Adding to a 1960’s campus in upstate New York, this new building acts as an incubator for ideas about how business education is evolving

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School of Architecture, Bond University, Brisbane, Australia, CRAB studioSubscription

By Andrew Mackenzie

Peter Cook’s new school of architecture in Brisbane is a celebratory bricolage of materials and spaces, unified by a socially condensing internal street

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Learning from Lagos: Floating school, Makoko, Nigeria, Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉSubscription

By Jonathan Glancey

Using local materials and skills, this school in a floating slum is a brave exemplar for a community in dire need, yet the Lagos state government is threatening to demolish it

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London Schools Part One: Royal College of Art by Haworth TompkinsSubscription

By Will Hunter

The first article in the London schools series, Will Hunter reports on the social and pedagogical agendas shaping the RCA’s latest changes

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St Joseph's University, Beirut, Lebanon, Youssef Tohme & 109 ArchitectesSubscription

By Karine Dana

Behind its austere concrete exterior, this university in Beirut recreates an idea of Lebanese public space in a city still healing after war

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Swiss School in Grono by Raphael ZuberSubscription

By Steven Spier

Purist geometry and a sophisticated structure elevate this apparently modest project for a Swiss school into an expressive contemporary homage to Neo-Rationalism

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Perkins+Will's University Campus in Luanda, AngolaSubscription

By Jeremy Melvin

Drawing on and updating precedents for designing in the tropics, this new university campus in Angola cultivates an architectural language that responds to place and climate

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Biodiversity Centre by Thomas Garcia Piriz, Loja, Southern SpainSubscription

Piriz commands Spanish soils with an irregular, dramatic insertion-seaming the landscape via an intrepid geometry

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Kumon School by Takashi Yonezawa, Kyoto, JapanSubscription

Yonezawa’s school design crafts an energetic narrative for learning in Kyoto, offering a new tone for educational design protocol in Japan