S.T.R.E.A.M. (Student Transitional Recreation, Enrichment And Mentoring) is a joint venture between Harmonium, San Diego State University and Intel to provide “out of school” recreation, enrichment and mentoring to the youth of North Park.  The program will be staffed by students from SDSU, who will receive college credit to serve as mentors and provide seminar-style instruction in their area of expertise.

The mosaic by Ilona Bryan show below represents the flow of water as it travels from the earth, to a spring, to stream, to a river, and on to the ocean.  Once there, it evaporates, becomes a cloud and eventually rains down upon the earth again.  The water cycle parallels the cycle of human life, and the stream is a common metaphor for our growth and transition from child to adult and our journey through life: how we are steered by our environment and how we are capable of shaping it as well.

The color palette, materials and textures will be based on sand, stone, soil, water and flora.  The overall design objective is to create an oasis; a haven for the youth of North Park to learn, grow, create, connect and recharge.

The concept of an “urban forest” is the inspiration for the design, which will have both a modern, urban aesthetic as well as introduce natural elements such as flowing water and live plants.  Daylighting and natural ventilation will be introduced whenever possible.  The spaces must be flexible and accommodate a variety of activities.  Both indoor and outdoor spaces are included in this design to reinforce the connection to nature.

The goal of S.T.R.E.A.M. (Student Transitional Recreation, Enrichment And Mentoring) is to provide enriching after-school, weekend and “out of school” programming for middle and high school students which both complements and supplements their regular-day curriculum and prepares them to transition from middle school, through college and into the “real” world.  Participants will engage in projects that are meaningful to them and create connections to the community.  The facilities will also provide for advanced technological training, development of vocational skills, arts and music education, nutrition, cooking, gardening and physical fitness.  The flexibility of the spaces will allow for use of the facility by the public (by reservation only) during school hours or when not in use on weekends.

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