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Title: Claiming events of school (re)design: materialising the promise of Building Schools for the Future
Authors: den Besten, Olga
Horton, John
Adey, Peter
Kraftl, Peter
First Published: 2-Feb-2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Social and Cultural Geography, 2011, 12 (1), pp. 9-26
Abstract: This paper focuses upon a major, ‘flagship’ programme of investment in school building (re)development instigated by the UK New Labour Government between 2004 and 2010: Building Schools for the Future (BSF). Drawing upon empirical material from research in two schools which were undergoing refurbishment in this policy context, we explore how BSF was manifest, in practice, as an event characterised by the promise of transformation. We focus upon two particular school buildings, highlighting how this promise came to be attached, not unproblematically, to the redesign of diverse material school spaces, be they small and ‘functional’ (e.g. corridors) or high-profile and ‘inspirational’ (e.g. flagship atria).
DOI Link: 10.1080/14649365.2010.542480
ISSN: 1464-9365
eISSN: 1470-1197
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2011, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Social and Cultural Geography, 2011, 12 (1), pp. 9-26 (Copyright © Taylor & Francis), available online at:
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