Architecture Lessons from Crow Island: A Modern Masterpiece of Design for Children









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Join us for an intimate discussion with current Crow Island Principal Dr. Julie Pfeffer and members of the Stewardship Group and former Crow Island Principal Dr. Beth Hebert, about the special and unique experience of teaching and learning at “the most functional and beautiful school in the world” [Carleton Washburne] Designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in collaboration with educational planner and architect Larry Perkins in 1938-39; the legacy of innovation and progressive education at Crow Island continues to inspire architects, educators, and historians from all over the world. After almost 80 years, the original school furniture designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen had been compromised by time. Join us to discover how the process of reimagining new furniture for Crow Island uncovered one of greatest modern design stories about “crystallizing in architecture the best of our educational thought and to house appropriately the best educational practices we can evolve.” [Carleton Washburne]. Moderated by Dina Sorensen [K-12 Education Design Leader, DLR Group]

Learning Objectives:
  1. To understand the significance of Crow Island School in the history of school design.
  2. To appreciate the concept of stewardship as relevant to all school buildings.
  3. To understand the importance of the collaborative conversation between architects and educators
  4. To understand how a stewardship program has been successfully implemented at Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL
  5. To understand how the design of space relates to student attitudes, behaviors, and learning
  6. To identify specific design features that enhance student learning