"They should fix the crack" - Reflections on the built environment in the middle school years

By Linda Corkery, Andre Grant, Ben Roche and Vivian Romero, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales

They should fix the crack:  Reflections on the built environment in the middle school years – NSW Architects Registration Board’s 2006 Research Grant Report.

The Board’s 2006 Research Grant was initiated because of the Board's interest in how students in the middle years of their schooling think about the built environment, and the extent to which an understanding of the design process might influence their attitudes about the built environment – now and in the future.

 The project provides a snapshot to inform directions for curriculum development and support in the topic area of the built environment and will be of value to educators when developing resources and strategies for school students. The findings of this research project also broadly contribute to an understanding of community attitudes to the built environment and point to ways in which an early exposure to these ideas may, in fact, influence a broader appreciation and concern for the built environment.

The Project was conducted by FBEOutThere, Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW.

The Report includes key messages for teachers, professional associations and policy makers, governments and the development sector.