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Laboratory Schools, founded by educator John Dewey in 1896.
Earl Shapiro, grandson of the Russian immigrant who, from a 1911 beginning making ice cream cones, went on to found Maryland Cup and its Sweetheart brand. Earl Shapiro's contribution was to push the company into plastic dinnerware. A long-time local philanthropist, he died in 2008, the same year his family gave $10 million to the Laboratory Schools.
Valerio Dewalt Train, with FGM Architects as architects-of-record, Rubinos and Mesia as structural engineers (with ARUP), and Mikyoung Kim Design as landscape designers.
. . . Earl Shapiro Hall has been planned to optimize the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, an educational model [in which] the learning environment is meant to be another teach, stimulating natural curiosity and providing room for independent action.The cantilevered porte-cochere offers views across Jackson Park towards the dome of the Museum of Science and Industry. The new building is projected to support an increase in Lab School enrollment from 1,750 to 2,050 students.
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Child Care Center East child care center, just south of Shapiro Hall, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, with MIG landscape architects. It will serve 124 children from six weeks to five years. Wrapping around Shapiro Hall to the south and west, it resembles a series of cottages, and features a folding green roof, tree bark siding, and a play area enclosed with 400 tons of massive, multi-colored glacial boulders.
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools: Outlook - Future of Education