This paper presents a literature review and preliminary research design addressing the key research question: What are the roles of schools within a community infrastructure network? By exploring the community connections beyond the boundaries of the school, are there opportunities to increase the integration of school and community infrastructure? Opposing school design objectives of connection versus security have made community hub schools difficult to achieve in practice. This research proposes a networked approach to community infrastructure, which includes schools, to view existing and potential connections between facilities.
Keywords: Community Infrastructure, School Infrastructure, Community Networks
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
Natalie Miles is a PhD candidate in the Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs ARC Linkage project at Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) of the University of Melbourne. Natalie is researching ‘Spatial Analysis of School and Community Interaction, identifying and recording who, where, when and how community members are using school facilities.
Natalie is also a registered architect in Victoria and has been practicing architecture as an Associate at Austin Maynard Architects with several award-winning projects under her belt since completing her Master of Architecture in 2013. This PhD project sees a return to her interest in schools and education after her master’s thesis titled School/City.Linkedin