February 22, 2011 | bfeldman | Extracurricular, Professional Development, Sustainability

Alberti Students and Sustainable Neighborhoods

Ian and I had the opportunity to talk to the “Alberti Students” at Washington University School of Architecture this past Saturday.   The program is an architectural studio experience for students in grades 4 through 9.  Here’s an explanation from the program’s blog site:

THE ALBERTI PROGRAM – ARCHITECTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE – IS A PROBLEM SOLVING STUDIO WORKSHOP ABOUT ARCHITECTURE, COMMUNITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT FOR FOURTH THROUGH NINTH GRADE STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS IN THE ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE ALBERTI PROGRAM IS GIVEN BY WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND VISUAL ARTS, COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE , GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & URBAN DESIGN

Ian and I spoke briefly about our project in St. Charles for McBride and Son Homes.  We spent some time discussing “what makes a neighborhood sustainable?”, our focus being Quality of Life, solar orientation, water quality, material selection and energy efficiency.  The students asked a lot of great questions.    They then broke off to design pavilions, playgrounds and housing of their own.

Alberti Students, 2010 class
Alberti Students, 2010 class

This is the second time I’ve spoken to the Alberti students.  I always come away feeling energized – the kids are so enthusiastic about their work.  I wish the school had a program like this in place when I was in elementary school!

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