The renewal of the school system is at the center of research and public action in many countries. The innovation of school buildings in Italy has featured a strong impulse in recent years (2012-2017) thanks to research campaigns and legislative interventions. On the one hand, new developments are rooted in a relevant tradition of assuming space as an active learning factor that has been developed among others by Maria Montessori and Loris Malaguzzi; on the other hand, a new driver is represented by a national decree (18 April 2013) that has outlined a major and active public role of school buildings beyond traditional teaching functions. It is a season of policy innovation that is challenging architectural design in translating these inputs into spatial solutions. Some examples diagrammatically illustrate the possible answers and provide the basis for a first discussion of the preliminary outcomes.
Keywords: Pedagogy and architecture; school building; diagrams