The Harlem RBI Dream Charter School courtyard and rooftop classroom are learning landscapes for an inspiring charter school in East Harlem, New York. Located adjacent to SCAPE’s Blake Hobbs Play-za, the Dream School landscape expands the range of outdoor learning environments available to the school. An elevated rooftop classroom provides a stage for outdoor class demonstrations and lectures, raised beds for science classes, and a viewing garden of textured bands of grasses. At the site level, the everyday experience of walking to school is injected with educational and environmental experiences, including a thickly planted stormwater collection bioswale, native plant palette, and patterned permeable pavement. A strong indoor-outdoor relationship is created at the building edge and generates a space that is always interesting to observe, juxtaposing indoor gymnasium sports with outdoor bird and insect life.
- Harlem RBI / DREAM Charter School
Photographed by Ty Cole Studio