The third skin of human beings. An outline of modern building biology

By Frank Hartmann, July 2014

It was a country doctor from Constance who about fifty years ago began to think outside the orthodox medical box when diagnosing his patients and looked in detail at their housing. Hubert Palm’s findings were striking and worrying at the same time. Not infrequently there was a direct connection between the “poisonous houses” and the disease. [more]

Human beings as the measure of things. On the architecture of Waldorf schools

By Matthias Mochner, July 2014

Waldorf education accords particular importance to the architecture of its schools. Because real art should create a relationship between human beings and the spirit. The space in which the art of education is realised between teachers and pupils is not a work of art in itself but the architecture of Waldorf schools can create a framework in which teaching becomes possible as an artistic process.  [more]

Ugly surroundings make learning difficult. A look at international school building research

By Christian Rittelmeyer, July 2014

A lot of research has been published in recent years looking into the effect of colours and forms of school buildings on their users. These studies show clearly that school architecture has a considerable influence on the learning behaviour, the propensity to violence and the susceptibility to illness of growing children and young people. [more]