Libraries or Laboratories ?
Both But Why Stop There? For some the debate on learning environment continues but we have known for years that you need libraries and laboratories equally but the real secret is that you get everything else in between.
We Are Different. The Terra Firma Institute believes that the teaching environment is just as important as the course material and the skill of the instructor. Students deserve a classroom atmosphere where their teachers organize the common space in rich possibilities and provocations that invite them to explore and feel safe. History’s great works of art, modern maps and natural curiosities inspire children to think about the world they live in. Group and personal coursework is important for every educational experience and too often modern classrooms allow no space for such work or imagination. Instead the brain is stifled and board, discouraged children are falsely diagnosed with attention disorders that most do not actually have. Many modern classrooms are sterile, colorless and drab in design.
Modern School Grounds Are Even Worse. A landscape virtually treeless and barren leaves little room for imagination. School grounds look more like barracks or stables than places for young minds to grow. This is a tragedy for the environment and for our children. Most modern school grounds are insultingly ugly.
Design Is Language. School doesn’t have to be an ugly place. Interior design is a universal language that communicates subtle or overt messages. Good design can completely change how a room is perceived and even make the difference between a good and bad experience. If done properly a room can teach just as much as the best professors. One just needs to know how to do this.
The Past is Prologue. Brilliant minds of the past knew how to design a room. Every space was special. Every cabinet had its curiosities. We look to the great naturalists and eccentric minds of the past for inspiration and then take it to completely new heights. Exotic use of practical color, line of sight, museum displays, live animal exhibits and optical illusions are all just a fraction of tools in our portfolio. Each learning space we design is different and each has its own purpose and functionality. Daycares, private schools, nature preserve exhibits, after school program halls and even children’s bedrooms are all areas that we truly make magnificent. The following is just a taste of what we can do to change the way think about education and the space in which it happens.
Engage Your Space. Let us turn your classroom into a room with class and a bedroom into a dreamroom. Children need an active environment where they can be creative. We learn just as much from scheduled classes as we do from our peers and environment. Bare walls and arena style learning cause an environment that alienates children. A classroom should not look like a solitary confinement cell for those incarcerated and a bedroom should be a sanctum for imagination. With Terra Firma, your classroom will give a first impression that makes the difference between enrollment and excuses. This is our chance to wow them together. Let’s make something great!
Go With Us. From your student’s initial walk through of your facility, to their first class, to the breaks in between, they will be entertained and engaged mentally, physically and creatively. Entire walls of chalk boards, colorful doorways, living terrariums and mounted skeletons are just as much learning tools as they are beautiful accents and decor. The Terra Firma Institute does not use pointless junk for filler. Each and every item we use for decoration has a purpose and a use in YOUR lesson. From one room to ten rooms, the sky is the limit.
Green Way or No Way. We can design a room on the inside but we can transform the Earth on the outside. Terrascaping is our speciality. We can grow entire gardens without spilling a drop of soil on a concrete roof or apartment balcony using our green bag growing technologies. Let us create an entire landscaping plan for you that will take your breath away. We only use native plant species for in-soil landscaping. Therefore the plants require little or no watering to minimize environmental cost for our customers. Let us bring some blooming flowers into your life.
Interested? Let’s open up the doors of perception and talk about possibilities. Let’s design a bedroom that becomes a dream room for a young mind to grow. Straight talk is the only talk we do and every design consultation is different. We have an extensive portfolio that we would love to share with you. Send us an email to Hello@ThinkTerraFirma.org or fill out the field found on the “Say Hello” page with information about your current situation and goals. The first consultation is completely free and confidential. Let’s get started on making your facility a special place of wonder and beauty - with benefits you can take to the bank.