Issue 128 of The Plan opens with an analysis by Lorcan O’Herlihy of the relationship between the domestic and social spaces. Barreca & La Varra then offers a thoughtful design lesson on ideal performance levels in the art of construction. But the main focus of this month’s issue is educational architecture. Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia outlines what the architectural vision will be for the Italian school of tomorrow. With its project in Shanghai, OPEN Architecture demonstrates how it’s possible to deconstruct a school into a village-like campus. In its design for Harvard University’s Science and Engineering Complex, Behnisch Architekten has created high-performance architecture that replicates nature. The work of RMA Architects, the design of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Ahmedabad, focuses on permeability, through both its materials and composition. Henley Halebrown embraces an orderly formalism with a hybrid project in the United Kingdom that showcases the firm’s unique style. Shinberg.Levinas has placed the emphasis on the public dimension in its contemporary urban design for an elementary school in Washington DC. Facilitating self-sufficiency, independence, and feelings of familiarity for students are all key elements in PBDW Architects’ design of the Cooke School & Institute. Finally, Marx / Ladurner Architekten balances the domestic dimension with the old and the new in its design of an elementary school in a small South Tyrolean community.