Saturday, November 24, 2018

Idyllwild

You would think this is hipster paradise given the name, Idyllwild. Instead you find a quaint little town with quirky gnome themed restaurants, a wonderful gateway to outdoor activities. We enjoyed a hike with some elevation to climb above the mountains and look at the vistas beyond. 






Saturday, November 3, 2018

Chicago - A4LE

I applied for a professional development grant through my company and was awarded funds to attend this year's Architects for Learning Environments (A4LE) Conference in Chicago. I've been to Chicago once before, and I find it to be a wonderful city. 

The conference was held at the historic hotel, the Palmer House, in downtown Chicago. It was 4 days packed full of seminars, tours, and keynote speakers, including a session on designing for safety by Architect Svigels + Partners, who redesigned Sandy Hook after the school shooting. 

We toured 4 different schools around the greater Chicago area: a new elementary school, a renovated high school serving over 2000 students, a small Montessori, and a historic Crow Island grade school by the architect Eero Saarinen. The selection featured very different and creative approaches to the modern learning environment.