Blueprint for Tomorrow

Blueprint for Tomorrow Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning

Prakash Nair
cloth, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-705-7
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paper, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-704-0
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Pub. Date: October 2014
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The United States has about $2 trillion tied up in aging school facilities. School districts throughout the country spend about $12 billion every year keeping this infrastructure going. Yet almost all of the new money we pour into school facilities reinforces an existing—and obsolete—model of schooling.


Prakash Nair is the first person to whom I turn for inspiration and guidance about the design of powerful learning environments for children and adults. His message is straightforward: the physical environment in which learning occurs should be designed and constructed around powerful theories of learning, rather than requiring that our theories of learning be adapted to fit into obsolete structures. In his work as an architect, and now in this book, he has transformed our ideas about the relationship between learning and physical space. — Richard F. Elmore, professor emeritus of educational leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Blueprint for Tomorrow demonstrates why and how school buildings influence pedagogy, curriculum and learning, and provides clear, practical and simple solutions that will enable schools to finally bring teaching and learning into the 21st century. — Anne Shaw, founder and director, 21st Century Schools

The quest for great schools begins with Prakash Nair’s Blueprint for Tomorrow. From modest 'do now’ improvements to complete transformations, readers will find the tools needed to rethink and reimagine everything from the playground to the teacher’s lounge. A must-read! — Bruce Rockstroh, CEO, Educational Resource Center, Inc.

In Blueprint for Tomorrow, Prakash shows educators how to create productive contexts for learning where students want to be and where their gifts may take flight. This is an important book by one of today’s strongest voices for reinventing education. — Gary S. Stager, executive director, Constructing Modern Knowledge

His intriguing and informative book Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning successfully proves that the effective use of space is of paramount importance and needs to be prioritized...Regardless of a school's budget for renovation, this is a book all educators need to familiarize themselves with. — Matthew Pariselli, Green Teacher

This book will be a welcome addition to the library of any school administrator who wants to look beyond standardized testing and prescribed curricula for ways to improve learning. Teachers will be enthused by the emphasis on removing barriers to learning that inhibit their efforts. Parents will notice and welcome the improvements. And, most importantly, students will be stimulated by their new environment and motivated to expand their learning. — John C. Fagan, School Administrator

Nair gives a Blueprint for Tomorrow, thoroughly explaining how today's education dollars can be spent for tomorrow's success. — Jackie Craven, ThoughtCo.

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About the Author

Prakash Nair is the president of Fielding Nair International (FNI), a renowned international architectural firm that specializes in the design of innovative schools. FNI has consultations in forty-three countries on six continents. Prakash is a futurist, a visionary planner, an architect, and one of the world’s leading change agents in education and school design. He has helped dozens of communities globally to align their physical space with their pedagogical needs. He is the recipient of several international awards, including the prestigious CEFPI MacConnell Award, the top honor worldwide for school design.

He has written extensively in leading national and international journals. His work has been published in Education Week, School Planning and Management magazine, School Business Affairs, School Construction News, Edutopia, Annenberg Institute’s VUE, OECD’s Programme on Educational Building, the United Kingdom’s Schools for Life, Australian Education Union’s Professional Voice, Teacher: The National Education Magazine of Australia, and Rethink!—Ideas for Inspiring School Library Design. He also coauthored, with Randall Fielding, the landmark publication The Language of School Design.

He has been interviewed many times by print, radio, and television media and is a regular speaker and keynote presenter at international education conferences. You can learn more about Prakash Nair and the projects featured in this book by visiting, or contact him at

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