Today, 1921 Cortelyou Road and Baptist Church of the Redeemer was mentioned in The New York Times in a story about the development of faith-based sites.
In increasingly challenging times for houses of worship, it’s important that the development market reacts sensitively and respectfully. We are proud that our Cortelyou Road / Baptist Church of the Redeemer project is doing just this. The church is expressed physically, distinctly, and honorably, while the housing above provides for the city’s underserved population. We are thankful that this development is welcomed in Flatbush.
To learn more about this project’s intricate history and how it came to life, see our post from March 2019.
On June 9, 2014, NY Times writer Jan Hoffman authored an article calling into question the highly decorated, colorful classrooms that we all probably grew up with and where our kids/nieces/nephews are probably currently attending. Here at ESKW/A, we embrace, celebrate, promote, and adore colors so we were especially curious to read Ms. Hoffman’s article. A study performed by Carnegie Mellon looked at the test results of classrooms richly adorned with decoration and ones with stark walls. It’s nice to think that the physical environment was the critical factor in the test results, because as architects we truly believe in the value of the well built environment; however a little thing called teachers might have had an impact as well. We have a hard time believing that scalloped borders on displays are “visually damaging” children. We do applaud a strong stance either way and agree with the notion that the images on the walls should be created by the students in the room.
Skylights enliven New Settlement Community Campus’s art room. Photo Credit: David Sundberg / Esto
The lab at NSCC. Photo Credit: David Sundberg / Esto
An art room at Bronx Community Charter School.
A breakout space at BxC is cleverly defined by cheerful tiles.
The study is admittedly narrow, but since it does place importance on the physical classroom environment we would like to ask for ceiling heights, natural light, and artificial lighting variables to be measured. We bet money that the results will point to improved performance in an improved space. We also think that better space makes for happier teachers and we all want that. Spaces that are well crafted and maintained are places of pride which all schools strive to be.
The colors of the classrooms at New Heights Academy Charter School are more than playful: they help define identities for each grade and subject. Photo credit: T. Ligamari.
Another class room at New Heights. Photo credit: T. Ligamari.
A blue classroom at New Heights. Photo credit: T. Ligamari.
The colors that frame a board at Brilla College Prep Charter School helps keep everyone updated on the class’s activities. Each classroom shows elements of a certain college, an inspiration for kids.
The “University of Michigan” classroom.
A green classoom at Brilla.
We’ve been in many, many classrooms and designed a fair number of them as well. Yes, some classrooms can look like a circus of colors and distractions, but don’t run out for the gray paint just yet! Organized compositions of color and a structure of displays and delineation of various spatial functions can go a long way to improve the modern classroom. Call us, we can help.
Carol Lamberg, the Executive Director for Settlement Housing Fund, a long-time client of ESKW/A’s, has championed affordable housing in NYC for decades. Her Letter to the Editor in response to a July 23, 2013 New York Times article conveys the import of keeping these public projects healthy and funded in our diverse city. Well said, Carol!