Fast Company Contributor, Trung Le, Talks Education & Environment



By: Jill Buck

Trung LeAccording to this week’s Go Green Radio guest, more than half of the world’s population currently lives in an urban environment, and that number is expected to rise to 70% by the year 2050. In his most recent article for Fast Company, Trung Le writes, “These urban centers are supported by a diversity of interconnected systems and infrastructure that enhance the human condition (i.e. employment, culture, housing, education, transportation, public safety, healthcare, energy and technology)… But there is always a weak link, and in this instance, the weakest link in many of the leading urban economies is preK-12 education. Education is critical to a thriving urban center, so why are urban education systems in distress? Better yet: What can we do to change this fate? What does an urban preK-12 physical environment look like in the third millennium?” According to Le, creating sustainable schools that follow the International Living Building Institute guidelines is a critical component in answering these questions. Tune in to Go Green Radio this week to learn more about how Trung Le is helping to put this theory into practice at an urban school in Chicago. The show airs live at 9 a.m. Pacific on www.VoiceAmerica.com.

Trung Le is a principal education designer at Cannon Design. A key leader for Cannon Design’s education group, Trung Le creates spaces encouraging student inquiry , imagination and a sense of what it means to be part of a global community. Le is widely recognized for his boundless energy and passion for learning. During his 20-year career he has incorporated multiple intelligences and learning styles in the design of education environments. His design philosophy has yielded awards from the Chicago and national chapters of the AIA and has been featured in such publications as Architectural Record, Contract Design and Edutopia. He also teamed with Bruce Mau Design to publish The Third Teacher, a book focused on how design can transform teaching and learning. A frequent speaker at national and international conferences such as BCSE, CEFPI and AIA National, Le also sits on the annual thesis project review panel for the schools of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Illinois Institute of Technology.

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