Megan Yorke / Third Year
November 19th, 2010
Summer 2010 / Landscape Studio/ Professor MacPhail
This design for the Jamaica Pond Friends School intended to not only be sensitive towards Quaker beliefs but site responsive as well. Quaker beliefs are deeply rooted in teaching others to be environmentally conscious so this design for the elementary school not only uses sustainable strategies but is also embedded into the landscape. What better way to learn from the landscape than to be a part of it? Frederick Law Olmsted designed the site surrounding Jamaica pond to be a series of rolling hills and swales and instead of a giant eyesore, overtaking one particular site, the school neatly embeds itself into the landscape between a hill and a swale. The school entrance sits at the top of the hill and slowly unfolds as it makes its way down through the site and ending at the water. The outdoor programs that were required by the school, for example the amphitheater, take advantage of the unique landscape and rolling hills by being embedded into the landscape as well.