schools have easy access to it. Site two has the advantages that it has a larger size and pre-cleared trees. By incorporating it as part of the school as a whole, they would no longer have neighbors driving through the site at the current easement. Accessibility is better for the lower site, but only if it is considered separately from the existing school. But overall, the most important decision in the site selection is ‘will it help to make a unified school?’ The lower site (site one) will spread the school out in a long stretch along the road, truly separating the kindergartens from the High School. This is done in many large schools, but in this case, the school population would only be approximately 400. Site two provides the opportunity to develop a sense of community within all the buildings, and eliminate a neighbor and their access problem through the current site. For these reasons, the writer believes site two (to the east of the current school) to be the better site choice. [more...]

Sketches of possible site layout, showing recreation areas circled (site one above, two below). For site two, we can see that circulation would not have to split the school in half.

This high school will be focused on the educational, social and developmental needs of the adolescents who will be using it and express this in appropriate form. Implicit within the high school will be the ideals of the Waldorf educational system, not through direct copying of the form language of the work of Rudolf Steiner, rather through a fundamental conception of how this particular case, in this particular site, with this particular community can best serve this particular Waldorf School.

    For many youth, the most important part in their high school life is the social aspect. In fact, some would be led to believe that the purpose of high school in America is to provide a place for people to socialize. Whatever the argument, it cannot be denied that this school must provide spaces that recognize the social needs of this age group.

    There is a strong argument - with which architects, and Rudolf Steiner, strongly agree - that the form of spaces deeply affects those within them. If that is the case then the search for appropriate form is my highest priority. Adolescents may look like adults, but they are not developmentally adults. This is one aspect that is of special significance, since it is difficult to find examples of architects taking these aspects into consideration; Steiner provides some helpful guidance for what adolescents need at this stage. The concepts of Anthroposophy will thus play a significant role in the composition of both the exterior and interior spaces. [more...]



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