The Nueva School community entrusted BTD with the conceptualization of a sensitive yet playful space where students could reflect on and celebrate the life of a schoolmate. The forested open space adjacent to the main play area was selected for its naturally soothing character and it’s place on the edge of the woods. Simple wooden platforms serve multiple functions: seating to take in views, stages for imaginative or active play and non-obtrusive memorial tributes. The memorial phrase, selected by the family, was carved into cedar and backed with mirror to play with the dynamic, changing light in the environment. We've heard positive comments from adults and students savoring the experience of this unique space.
Check out this great article by the Guardian on how taking young cyclists into account influences urban planning in Denmark. The article highlights the notion that addressing children's experience of the environment ultimately provides richer, more environmentally sustainable places for all of us.
Check out Urban Tilth and how it's working to bring sustainable agriculture to Richmond, California. In this New York Times article, you can learn more about Urban Tilth's support of the City of Richmond's initiatives for making a healthier urban environment.
BAY TREE DESIGN is proud to partner with organizations, like Urban Tilth, that strive to realize a healthier future for our cities by building places that grow organic produce, foster ecological literacy opportunities and provide space for community commons.
It was an honor to be a part of the conversation at the 'Living Schoolyards as Stormwater Infrastructure' workshop put on by SFPUC this month. Sharon Danks, BTD Principal, with Green Schoolyards America and SFPUC put on a workshop that brought representatives from the San Francisco Public Works, SFPUC, San Francisco Unified School District, Education Outside, Friends of the Urban Forest and other organizations to learn and discuss how to work with stormwater on schoolyards in ways that improve the environment for students.
Brigit Teichmann presented on the process and successes of her work with the city of Berlin holistically improving the schoolyards while implementing innovative stormwater infrastructure. It's refreshing to see people from so many sectors diving into this and to see inspiring examples of this work in place.
Construction on this multi-unit housing rehabilitation wrapped up several weeks ago and it was fun to see residents start to ‘move in’.
The new BBQ area was designed in collaboration with Anne Phillips Architecture and features permeable concrete in a lively pattern.
The predominantly California native planting palette complements the mature Valley Oaks that ground the site.
And that conifer tree shaped play element provides imaginative, open ended, and physically stimulating play for a broad range of ages!
We are excited to see the space mature and continue to develop new uses by the residents.