Written by the Innovation and Sustainable Building Centre of the Public Buildings and Architecture Department, the General Secretariat of the City of Paris and the Paris Council for Architecture, Urban Planning and the Environment, the OASIS Recommendations Booklet for Transforming Schoolyards contains recommendations for engaging pupils, educators, school staff and local actors in an active participation process for the design and management of schoolyards and for raising awareness of climate change impacts.
The OASIS schoolyards project aims to contribute to alleviating rising temperatures and minimizing the Urban Heat Island and the risk of storm water flooding effect by making city’s infrastructure more permeable and absorbent. Furthermore, OASIS aims to strengthen social cohesion by co-designing the schoolyard together with pupils and the local community and converting it into a neighborhood’s meeting place.
The solutions presented in this booklet are expected to become sources of inspiration and recommendations for the technical services of local authorities, their partners, project managers and project developers wishing to undertake similar development projects. These are not miracle recipes but rather realistic and feasible solutions. Schoolyards should result from a dialogue with the academic and technical teams and the pupils of the involved schools. The aim is to create a space that meets the needs of each school community in the best possible way.