Built policy: school-building and architecture as policy instrument

Adam Wood

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

School architecture is often taken for granted both in use (where it is naturalized) and in writing on education policy (tending to feature simply as policy setting.) Built policy instead points up the active and ongoing role of the material environment in shaping education. From financing and procurement to the design of individual classrooms, the paper works across architecture, sociology and policy studies to clarify the relationship between different dimensions of physical and social space and so provide a useful theoretical ground for future work. What is special about school-building and architecture that enables them to do policy? How are they used to do it? By whom? From city planners to students, a range of actors use different space-organizing resources to attempt the instantiation of (and challenges to) policy in built form. These processes are explored first theoretically, then empirically through a new Academy school in England. The paper deepens understanding of what policy is, emphasizing its intimate if taken for granted spatial characteristics, its ongoing-ness in built form and its travel by means of circulating images of buildings and spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Education Policy
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Feb 2019

Keywords

  • architecture
  • policy
  • schools
  • school-building
  • built policy

Cite this

@article{adc2cd05ceff46d390b20485d45f7f67,
title = "Built policy: school-building and architecture as policy instrument",
abstract = "School architecture is often taken for granted both in use (where it is naturalized) and in writing on education policy (tending to feature simply as policy setting.) Built policy instead points up the active and ongoing role of the material environment in shaping education. From financing and procurement to the design of individual classrooms, the paper works across architecture, sociology and policy studies to clarify the relationship between different dimensions of physical and social space and so provide a useful theoretical ground for future work. What is special about school-building and architecture that enables them to do policy? How are they used to do it? By whom? From city planners to students, a range of actors use different space-organizing resources to attempt the instantiation of (and challenges to) policy in built form. These processes are explored first theoretically, then empirically through a new Academy school in England. The paper deepens understanding of what policy is, emphasizing its intimate if taken for granted spatial characteristics, its ongoing-ness in built form and its travel by means of circulating images of buildings and spaces.",
keywords = "architecture, policy, schools, school-building, built policy",
author = "Adam Wood",
year = "2019",
month = "2",
day = "20",
doi = "10.1080/02680939.2019.1578901",
language = "English",
journal = "Journal of Education Policy",
issn = "0268-0939",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis",

}

Built policy : school-building and architecture as policy instrument. / Wood, Adam.

In: Journal of Education Policy, 20.02.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Built policy

T2 - school-building and architecture as policy instrument

AU - Wood, Adam

PY - 2019/2/20

Y1 - 2019/2/20

N2 - School architecture is often taken for granted both in use (where it is naturalized) and in writing on education policy (tending to feature simply as policy setting.) Built policy instead points up the active and ongoing role of the material environment in shaping education. From financing and procurement to the design of individual classrooms, the paper works across architecture, sociology and policy studies to clarify the relationship between different dimensions of physical and social space and so provide a useful theoretical ground for future work. What is special about school-building and architecture that enables them to do policy? How are they used to do it? By whom? From city planners to students, a range of actors use different space-organizing resources to attempt the instantiation of (and challenges to) policy in built form. These processes are explored first theoretically, then empirically through a new Academy school in England. The paper deepens understanding of what policy is, emphasizing its intimate if taken for granted spatial characteristics, its ongoing-ness in built form and its travel by means of circulating images of buildings and spaces.

AB - School architecture is often taken for granted both in use (where it is naturalized) and in writing on education policy (tending to feature simply as policy setting.) Built policy instead points up the active and ongoing role of the material environment in shaping education. From financing and procurement to the design of individual classrooms, the paper works across architecture, sociology and policy studies to clarify the relationship between different dimensions of physical and social space and so provide a useful theoretical ground for future work. What is special about school-building and architecture that enables them to do policy? How are they used to do it? By whom? From city planners to students, a range of actors use different space-organizing resources to attempt the instantiation of (and challenges to) policy in built form. These processes are explored first theoretically, then empirically through a new Academy school in England. The paper deepens understanding of what policy is, emphasizing its intimate if taken for granted spatial characteristics, its ongoing-ness in built form and its travel by means of circulating images of buildings and spaces.

KW - architecture

KW - policy

KW - schools

KW - school-building

KW - built policy

U2 - 10.1080/02680939.2019.1578901

DO - 10.1080/02680939.2019.1578901

M3 - Article

JO - Journal of Education Policy

JF - Journal of Education Policy

SN - 0268-0939

ER -