SOURCE: SF Waldorf School

SF Waldorf School

May 06, 2014 08:00 ET

San Francisco Experts in Sustainable Design to Share Their Vision With the Next Generation

Unique High School Program Connects Students With Leading Local Voices and the Power of Place

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - A renowned group of San Francisco architects, authors, and sustainability experts will anchor a unique educational program this week that connects graduating high school seniors with the structures, systems, and environment of their City.

The students are from San Francisco Waldorf High School's History of Architecture class, one of several required courses designed to help seniors understand their emerging place in the world. Featured speakers include Wendy Bertrand, architect and author of the award-winning memoir, Enamored with Place,  and Eric Corey Freed, founder of organicARCHITECT and expert in biomimicry architecture, a design discipline that relies on nature's patterning and strategies to guide sustainability.

Noted Freed: "We've left this world a mess for the next generation, so the very least we can do is to help motivate and inspire young people to work toward making the world a better place. I am excited to see what they come up with!"

Setting out by bike, bus, and on foot, students will explore San Francisco's innovative public spaces and cutting-edge municipal buildings and commercial structures. The agenda includes an ecological and social bike tour with Chris Carlsson, author and co-founder of Critical Mass, and a natural history walking tour with writer Joel Pomerantz. Students will also meet architects at Smith Group JJR, one of the leading sustainable design firms in the U.S., and tour the historic and LEED-Gold certified Bentley Reserve.

On Day Two, students will travel to Hayes Valley to visit David Winslow, a lead planner in the City's efforts to create a network of Living Alleys in the Market-Octavia area. Benjamin Osgood, Senior Vice President of Tenant Representation at Dunhill Partners West will talk to students about workplace sustainability and technology. The program also takes students to Glide's rooftop garden, the Transbay Transit Center, and the new Eco-Center at Heron's Head Park.

"There is no better place than San Francisco for young people to explore the convergence of issues around design, sustainability, and social responsibility," noted architecture teacher Peggy Fok. "Architecture and design are at the heart of our civic conversation, and this generation will be instrumental in keeping our City vibrant and livable. I am grateful to the inspiring local leaders who are sharing their expertise and enthusiasm."

San Francisco Waldorf High School students attend the City's first LEED Gold-certified school. Once an AT&T call center, the building was transformed in 2008 by architect and Waldorf parent David Bushnell of 450 Architects. The design of the school building itself is used in the architecture, green building, and environmental studies classes. The outings are sponsored by the Outdoor Classroom Initiative a school program that helps brings students together with natural areas and community.

"There is no better place than San Francisco for young people to explore the convergence of issues around design, sustainability, and social responsibility," noted architecture teacher Peggy Fok. "Architecture and design are at the heart of our civic conversation, and this generation will be instrumental in keeping our City vibrant and livable. I am grateful to the inspiring local leaders who are sharing their expertise and enthusiasm."

San Francisco Waldorf School was founded in 1979. The curriculum is based on an understanding of human development and emphasizes artistic expression, experiential learning, and outdoor education. 

Program Itinerary Follows: Please contact SFWS if you would like to attend events.

Tuesday, May 6
9:00 am - Enamored with Place author Wendy Bertrand on new directions in architecture, including PhD. programs in sustainable architecture
SF Waldorf High School
470 West Portal Ave.

Thursday, May 8
8:30 am - Urban Farming
Graze the Roof: Glide's rooftop garden
330 Ellis St.

9:30 am - Sustainable Municipal Building
SF Public Utilities Commission (LEED-Platinum)
525 Golden Gate Ave.

10:30 am - Privately Owned Public Open Space
Benjamin Osgood discusses workplace sustainability 
343 Sansome St.

11:45 am - Sustainable Design in Historic San Francisco Building
Smith Group architects lead tour of Bentley Reserve
301 Battery

1:00 pm - Biomimicry Architecture
Award-winner architect and author Eric Corey Freed
301 Battery St.

2:30 pm - Regional Transportation and Urban Housing Hub
Transbay Transit Center
201 Mission St.

3:00 pm - Downtown Architectural Highlights
Student presentation/walking tour
201 Mission St. - 140 Maiden Ln.

Friday, May 9
8:30 am - What Shaped San Francisco?
Walking tour with writer and educator Joel Pomerantz
SF Botanical Garden and California of Academy of Sciences
10th & Lincoln

11:00 am - Transformation of Public Streets
David Winslow, Living Alleys
300 Linden St.

1:00 pm - Ecological Bicycle Tour
Chris Carlsson, author, educator
518 Valencia St.

3:00 pm - Green Building and Landscaping
Eco-Center @ Heron's Head Park
32 Jennings St

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jessica Eicher
    SF Waldorf High School
    (415) 431-2736