PROCESS POST: Frederick Law Olmstead, landscape architect, provides 1865 insight into 2012 #pedagogicalmasterplanning

[Frederick Law] Olmsted’s role in designing new campuses would change the landscape for campus master planning by shifting the focus from buildings located in isolated locations to educational neighborhoods integrated into the larger community (in this way reflecting the more open nature of education).

– from Steven Lou Mouras, 2004 white paper

“Buildings located in isolated locations” – subject-area departments, such as math, science, English, history.

“educational neighborhoods integrated into the larger community” –

  • departments becoming increasingly connected and integrated…at least “shared” and/or collectivized (see Michael Fullan, High Tech High, etc.)
  • challenge-based or project-based learning constructs that replace disciplinary with what Sandy Pentland of MIT Media Lab calls anti-disciplinary (see Nikhil Goyal’s “Why Learning Should Be Messy“)
  • thinking of pedagogy, instruction, assessment, professional development, technology, learning spaces, curriculum as the interrelated neighborhoods in the larger community

[All of this, of course, would depend on the “campus” that a school or educational organization was trying to build. There is no one-size-fits-all, but all should be thinking about the systems design of their strategy and master plan, regardless of what they want to build. And this is very different and distinct from strategic planning because of the variance in “granularity,” although PMP certainly integrates SP.]

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