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September 20, 2021
"The New School," Los Angeles Business Journal features HED and Moore Ruble Yudell's application of Open Building principles and collaborative design at Santa Monica High School
Schools for the 21st century, that will stand the test of time, should be designed to accommodate changing pedagogies, shifting demographics and even changing uses and ownership.
As centers of community, schools need the resilience to be both safe havens and dynamic focal points for learning and experimenting. Our school facilities, both new and old, need simultaneously to be permanent anchors of stability and agents of change.

Recently the Los Angeles Business Journal explored the application of these principles when reporting on the Santa Monica High School $154 million Discovery Building. Designed by HED and Moore Ruble Yudell, the Discovery Building is the first open-building-concept educational structure in the United States, and features 265,000 sf of highly adaptive space that will be reusable for decades into the future.

We encourage you to learn more about Open Building and how it can be applied to adapt to shifting pedagogy, shift for facility needs, and results in buildings and campuses that can stand for the next 100 years with minimal continued investment. Below, from Open Building expert and HED Principal John Dale, is a report featuring 3 prominent Pre K-12 case studies and the Open Building features they employ, including Santa Monica High School's Discovery Building.
Planning for changing pedagogies - Flexible facility design by John Dale
Evaluation of Open Building principles in Pre K-12 design case studies
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