Kindergarten Design: Buildings That Encourage Development

Mind Shaped Box

Pedagogical traditions seem to be very interested in the effects that environmental factors have on (small) people.  Over a century ago, some models like Montessori and Waldorf, which have influenced mainstream kindergarten practice as well, started promoting the idea that a great deal of attention should be put into the fabrics, the materials,  the colors and  the overall organization of spaces for children.


Fuji kindergarten exterior; photo by 準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia

Since I work in a kindergarten as a psychologist one day a week, I recently had the opportunity to learn more about the psychology of spaces for children. Our small kindergarten was about to get a budget-friendly makeover and we were all asked for opinions. I spent a lot of time looking for research-based guidelines for kindergarten design, as well as coordinating everyone’s personal preferences. Here I would like to share some of the findings, and  some inspiring examples and other resources I found.

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An Interview with Interior Decorator: Sacha Chabros Says Design is Felt

I’m honoured to be the subject of an interview on Mind Shaped Box written by Zeljka Pacalat this week. You can read about it below. The website addresses matters of design, interior design, architecture and urbanism from a psychological point of view.

Mind Shaped Box

Sacha 2014 Sacha K. Chabros Design Felt

Vancouver-based Sacha K. Chabros is an interior decorator, a volunteer for an international non-profit group and the author of Design Felt, a blog about how different elements of design relate to how occupants feel in a built environment. Sharing her interest in environmental psychology, I was excited to learn more about it from her perspective.

There are so many blogs about interior design, most of them filled with beautiful images. As many other people, I find them to be the source of inspiration, enjoyment and, well, procrastination. But rarely do I find a blog attempting to do a little more – to make you think about design, instead of just enjoying the sight of it.

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Concrete Weekly No.8

Can’t get enough of concrete.



Hello concrete lovers! This week I would like to introduce you to another great material: wood. I will show you a few examples of how these two simple and yet so majestic materials can be combined in everyday objects, and how they can bring out the best in each other.

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sagrada familiaAntoni Gaudi’s church under construction 130 years reflects biomorphic design; features inspired by nature, such as branching columns intended to reflect trees.

“God’s Architect”: Antoni Gaudi’s glorious vision

March 10, 2013  60 Minutes – CBC News

Architect Antoni Gaudi’s vision for the Sagrada Familia, a church under construction for over 130 years, is aided by modern technology. Lara Logan reports.

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Eames: Movie Shows Off Architect & Painter

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“Often thought to be brothers because of their names, Charles and Ray Eames were actually a husband and wife; one an architect and the other a painter. Best known for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office actually produced a surprising variety of products including games, films, toys and even splints for wounded military during World War II.  The film debuted at the IFC Center in New York City in November 2011 and is available on DVD.”    –  Via WebUrbanist

Frank Lloyd Wright House For Sale


 The Millard House (La Miniatura)

The Millard House (La Miniatura)

A Master Green Wall System By GSky


GSky’s Pro Wall System – Whole Foods, Vancouver BC Canada (Above)


Icon Tower, Miami USA (Above)

Below: A living work in semblance to Mondrean’s Dutch De Stijl

Image   Minto Place Shopping Centre, Ottawa ON Canada           Contact GSky Plant Systems Inc.

Hilla Shamia, Industrial Designer


Hilla Shamia / Industrial Designer 


Willy Guhl – YouTube

Watch the birth of a Willy Guhl chair here 

Exclusive rights for the Eternit line, including the Guhl chair, now belong to Solus Handcast Concrete Decor, of Burnaby BC Canada.