Diversity of the new German school landscapes: Exhibition "Schoolyards"

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Coinciding with the opening of schools after a long period without face-to-face teaching, the new topic cluster "Schoolyards" goes online at Exemplary 17 selected schoolyards between Rendsburg and Ismaning give an insight into the diversity of the new German school landscapes and encourage to dare more open space quality at schools.

Schoolyards are educational spaces. Their importance for social learning, for experiencing one's own effectiveness, for motor development and as spaces for self-directed action and learning are often still underestimated. But our children need quality schoolyards for movement, play and encounters.

Markus Schäf
Landscape architect bdla in Munich and member of the bdla public relations working group
Gymnasium Ismaning, planning office: Stautner Schäf landscape architects and urban planners, Munich. Photo: Laura Löwel

Schools are of great importance for the development of society and its basic values, since every child spends many years of its life in schools. This is the only social institution that every child growing up in Germany goes through. Therefore, this time is also of great importance for later social life.

Diverse usable areas, attractive exercise facilities, green oases

In addition to lessons, breaks are particularly important for children's social interaction. Scientific studies prove the positive correlation between physical activity and the quality of teaching and learning. This is why the quality of the school's open spaces is so important: Schoolyards as varied spaces that can be used in a variety of ways, green oases with trees, perennial areas and attractive movement opportunities that attract the children outside. Inclusive learning and play is a relatively new topic, but should be a given in all open spaces.

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