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Design AID: Outdoor Learning Spaces

 Design Ideas Competition

How can communities turn underutilized schoolyards into outdoor classrooms that could enable students to safely return to school? Submit your idea to the Design AID: Outdoor Learning Spaces Competition!  

With funding from the William Penn Foundation, the Community Design Collaborative is seeking innovative and creative solutions for outdoor learning in a time of global crisis – and beyond – to bring students back to school as soon as safely possible and to expand opportunities for outdoor learning in the future.

School buildings have a limited amount of square footage to address the proper social distancing necessary for all students to return to school, but the typically underused schoolyard can be used to expand learning environments to the outdoors. Throughout history, open-air classrooms have been used to prevent the spread of disease, and outdoor learning has been shown to have physical, emotional, and social benefits for kids. 

Architects and designers are encouraged to submit ideas for outdoor learning spaces that can be easily and inexpensively implemented by schools in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Anyone can participate! And everyone’s a winner! The Community Design Collaborative will compile all feasible design solutions in the Design AID: Outdoor Learning Spaces Design Guide that will serve as a digital resource for schools across the U.S. and the globe in their efforts to safely go back to school.


Submissions are being accepted from Monday, September 15th through 11:59PM on Saturday, September 26th.

Once your entry fee donation has been confirmed and completed, please click 'return to merchant' to access the submission form. Once redirected to the submission form, it can be saved in progress. Select the 'Save my progress and resume later' button at the top of the application form to enable this feature.

Click Pay Now to start your submission. A $25 entry free is required. 

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