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Can Architecture Reduce School Drop Out Rates?

Can Architecture Reduce School Drop Out Rates?
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The UNO Elementary School Soccer Academy in Chicago has used adventurous design innovation to increase the retention of students.

Emma Hutchings
  • 18 april 2013

The UNO Elementary School Soccer Academy in Chicago has used architectural innovation to make the students want to go to class. Designed by JGMA, the project has won a 2013 Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award.

The UNO school aims to support the students and local residents through a strong curriculum that is supplemented by soccer, community outreach programs, and innovative design. Since opening, the school has maintained a 99% student attendance rate.

Can Architecture Reduce School Drop Out Rates?

JGMA placed the school’s corridors around the edge of the building and built a full-height glass wall for the classrooms to increase natural light and views. From the outside, the futuristic-looking metallic building seems as though it’s emerging from the ground. JGMA president Juan Gabriel Moreno said:

The project is the epitome of education based development. If you start with education, everything else grows around it… We took a risk. It didn’t matter to me if people didn’t like the design. What matters is that the students want to be there. That is something we should all remember.

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