A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR KIDS: PROTECTING EDUCATION THROUGH DESIGN
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Every year, small towns in America make major headlines for gun violence in schools and every time it’s a heartbreaking story. Hundreds of instances of gun violence in schools have made them all too familiar. Thoughts and prayers, vigils, talks of policy change and then right back to normal like nothing happened, waiting for the next one. The stage in which these events occur were designed in an era where these events weren’t even a thought, and cannot properly protect students, nor are then conducive for creating a proper learning environment for today’s youth. The aging buildings in the American school system are failing students and their communities. This thesis seeks to explore architectural solutions in aiding and preventing these attacks from occurring, while creating a more beneficial and positive learning environment for the 21st century.