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Creating a Children’s Village

by Paul Roberts
March/April 2012
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Children are miracles. Believing that every child is a miracle can transform the way we design for children’s care. When we invite a miracle into our lives we prepare ourselves and the environment around us. We may set out flowers or special offerings. We may cleanse ourselves, the space, or our thoughts of everything but the love inside us. We make it our job to create, with reverence and gratitude, a space that is worthy of a miracle! Action follows thought. We can choose to change. We can choose to design spaces for miracles, not minimums.
" Anita Rui Olds

A Powerful Vision

Five years ago I embarked on an odyssey that would fundamentally change my life as an architect. My partner, Dave Deppen, and I were selected through a very competitive process to design a new Child Development and Family Studies Center in the Sierra Foothills, near Yosemite National Park for Columbia College.

The Columbia College campus is a stunning place in a very rural community, about two hours from San Francisco. The main part of the campus was built 30 years ago and, until recently, had seen relatively few changes. Most of the buildings are made of wood, stone, and concrete. ...

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