College Projects

The French Meadows Waldorf School

General Information

Duration: 8 Week Design Period, 1 Week for Final Presentation
Academic Level: College, Third Year, Winter Quarter
2D Drawing Medium: Computer Generated with PowerCADD 2000
Model Medium: Basswood and Chip Board on a Cardboard Base

Program Information

The purpose of this project was to design a new Cincinnati Waldorf School, which would be located in French Park, just outside the city. Waldorf education is based on the writings of Rudolf Steiner who advocated taking a developmental approach to education. This developmental approach entails educating the "whole" student. Hands-on experience is crucial to the curriculum, and creativity of any sort is encouraged. One teacher stays with a group of students throughout the elementary school years as they grow crops, build and play musical instruments, paint and create their own textbooks. Because of their focus on nature, the Waldorf School needed to be built of natural materials, be well integrated with the site and supportive of the many indoor and outdoor activities the students and teachers partake in.

Personal Requirements

Because of the importance of nature in Waldorf education, it seemed appropriate to include many outdoor spaces, above and beyond those required by the program. The design needed to be organic, reaching out into the site to provide views to the forest and prairie. The design, however, is also strongly axial to help order the chaos of the surrounding nature and provide strong views and approaches to the building.



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