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Joined Up Design for Schools (Design New Titles) [Hardcover]

John Sorrell , Frances Sorrell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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11 Feb 2005 Design New Titles
Features over sixty remarkable projects in which school children thoughout Britain have commissioned pioneering concepts from a dazzling array of international designers and architects, including Richard Rogers Partnership, Paul Smith, Will Allsop, Marks Barfield,Thomas Heatherwick,Wolff Olins, Conran & Partners, Priestman Goode and Kevin McCloud The first scheme worldwide in which client teams of children have engaged today's leading designers to respond to their everyday needs and concerns Engagingly describes and illustrates an inspiring range of projects that deal with the built environment, communications, storage, colour, clothing and identity in schools Coincides with a major exhibition of all the projects at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in February-March 2005 Essential reading for designers, architects, teachers and anyone who cares about the environment in which our children learn

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (11 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858943086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858943084
  • Product Dimensions: 35.1 x 26.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John and Frances Sorrell co-chair The Sorrell Foundation, established to inspire creativity in young people and improve the quality of life through good design. John founded and chairs the London Design Festival and chaired the Design Council from 1994 to 2000. Frances was co-chair and creative director of Newell & Sorrell (later Interbrand Newell & Sorrell) and led the company to over one hundred design awards over twenty-five years.

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1.0 out of 5 stars All mouth and no trousers. 1 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book was ordered through Amazon Prime and arrived 10 days later - an Omen.

I cannot impart how much I was looking forward to reading this book. Alas, I feel that reviews of the book's content let me down. Perhaps I should have known better having read that the contributors to this book comprised designers ranging from Kevin McCloud to Lord Rogers. How the authors can bring together celebs and Gurus holding such differing ethos towards Architecture should have steered me away from the book.

Whilst reading the book my mind wandered and became increasingly annoyed. I kept thinking of the Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketch (One Leg Too Few) where Pete - playing the part of a theatrical booking agent auditioning actors for the role of Tarzan - informs Dud (Mr Spiggott) that he has nothing against his only leg. Unfortunately, Dud had nothing against it either. The book felt like an erroneous encoding whereby the purpose was to impress the reader with the whacky graphic style over content and not consider the job description.

This is the first book I have ever returned to Amazon - I love books and am an avid reader. I purchased this book to assist me with improving my understanding of school design. I am an architect and having designed schools before thought to expand my social research through some specialist reading.

Having read several of the excellent school design manuals by Mark Dudek (check out - `Architecture of Schools: The New Learning Environments'. Also, `Schools and Kindergartens', by Mark Dudek - sold on Amazon) - - `Joined Up Design for Schools', for me, was a thoroughly disappointing read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Joined up Design for Schools 24 Nov 2009
I think this book is quite average. A little disapointed with the overal presentation of the information. Some good information, but could've been better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars School design 31 May 2010
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Hi everyone
this book is about school designing by students ideas.

I recommend it for school designer and all designer as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century Education 10 Feb 2007
What a beautiful book, capturing the true benefits of designs collaboration with what has become a stagnant and uninspiring environment of schools. A fantastic insight into the 'JoinedUpDesignForSchools' project with wonderful designers and creatives on board to exemplify how design thinking can truely take education into the 21st Century. Recommended for all involved within in design and educational reform.
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