RESOURCESbooks, articles, designs, and designers of interest


Principles of Educative Design:

Design Precedents:


      Landscape Architecture
  • Brown, B., Harkness, T. & Johnston eds., 1998. Special Issue: Eco-Revelatory Design: Nature Constructed / Nature Revealed. Landscape Journal, (special issue).
  • Echols, S. & Pennypacker, E., 2008. From Stormwater Management to Artful Rainwater Design. Landscape Journal, 27(2), pp.268-290.
  • Kaplan, R., Kaplan, S. & Ryan, R., 1998. With People in Mind: Design And Management Of Everyday Nature 1st ed., Island Press.
  • Hart, R., 1997. Children’s Participation: The Theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care, Earthscan Publications Ltd.
  • Johnson, J.M., 2000. Design for Learning: Values, Qualities and Processes of Enriching School Landscapes, Washington D.C.: American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • Moore, R.C. & Wong, H.H., 1997. Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard: Creating Environments for Rediscovering Nature’s Way of Teaching, Berkeley, Calif: MIG Communications.
  • Nicholson, S., 1971. The Theory of Loose Parts. Landscape Architecture, 62(1), pp.30-34.
  • Titman, W., 1994. Special places special people: the hidden curriculum of school grounds World Wide Fund for Nature.;Learning Through Landscapes Trust., ed., Surrey: WWF UK (World Wide Fund for Nature).

  • Falk, J.H. & Dierking, L.D., 2000. Learning from Museums: Visitor Experiences and the Making of Meaning, Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
  • Gutwill, J., 2008. Fostering active prolonged engagement: the art of creating APE exhibits, San Francisco Calif. ;Oxford: Exploratorium ;Berg [distributor].
  • Bell, P. et al. eds., 2009. Learning science in informal environments: people, places, and pursuits, Washington D.C.: National Academies Press.
  • Bransford, J., Brown, A.L. & Cocking, R.R. eds., 2000. How people learn: brain, mind, experience, and school Expanded ed., Washington D.C.: National Academy Press.
      School Gardens and Playgrounds

  • Danks, Sharon Gamson, 2010.  Asphalt to Ecosystems: design ideas for schoolyard transformation, Oakland, CA: New Village Press.
  • Tai, Lori; Haque, Mary Taylor; McLellan, Gina K; Knight, Erin Jordan, 2006.  Designing Outdoor Environments for Children, New York: McGraw-Hill.






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