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This is the fourth year that Architectural Record has published Schools of the 21st Century, a special report on design for education facilities. In some parts of the nation, school construction is one type of building that is moving (if not galloping) along in spite of the recession, and with that in mind, this section features a series of seven case studies looking at urban school projects, an essay on designing for contemporary classroom needs, a roundup of education-focused building products, and more.

Lynnwood High School

Case Studies
Ten K-12 projects exemplify spaces for learning in the new century.

Feature: Building Blocks
Architecture, when done well, can improve lives. And perhaps no building typology better exemplifies this transformative power than schools — the place where young minds are nurtured, where future leaders are reared.

Products for Schools
A range of new building products for K-12 projects help specifiers, educators, and students achieve their goals, both in and out of the classroom.

Pictured: Lynnwood High School, Photo © Michael Cole