Due to an unsatisfying feasibility design process led by the 21st Century School’s architect, I coordinated a charrette for the Medfield Heights Elementary School Core Planning Team as a volunteer member. Below are our findings and recommendations to the 21st Century Schools.
When neighborhoods have identity:
- Spaces have multiple uses, and are used for gathering.
- A positive perception of surrounding gives a sense of value.
- Neighborhood growth potential increases.
When the community informs the program, tangible goals begin to take shape: desire for design continuity, quality of building materials, exterior lighting/shading, and the need for a developed landscape plan became central factors for the redesign.