The rapid transformation in teaching methods present architects and commissioning authorities with challenging issues such as: what kind of room is suitable for individual learning and what kind for group or course projects? How does the provision of day care facilities affect room planning and organisation? How can the school accommodate local community and district needs? And how, in times of reduced public expenditure, can more efficient use be made of school buildings? This publication takes stock of the present situation and provides information necessary for innovative solutions. In concise essays the effect of school reform on particular aspects of school construction such as types and development, colour schemes, material selection, participatory planning, investment and maintenance costs are examined. The case-study section presents 30 exemplary new buildings in plans, colour illustrations, critical analyses and key data.