The black ribbon of four-lane highway curls up over and around the hills tinted with the light green of early spring. You glance at your dashboard clock: 9:53. Here in the Southwest, the heat is already climbing and it's still early in the morning. A few minutes later you see the sign: Humanity High School—3 Miles.
A couple of miles later you top the ridge. And stop. The sight is so beautiful that you kill the engine and step out of your car. From the hill you can see the vast sweep of the Organ Mountains to the east, the arid desert valley below, and the beautiful campus of Humanity High (see Figure 17.1).
As you drive down from the ridge, the sheer beauty of the three-sided cloister, enclosed by glass exterior walls, and the green carpet of roof grass galvanize your attention.
After parking, you walk toward the courtyard. You see students gathered around the dramatic and beautiful water pool. A freestanding glass-tapered cone rises near the pool. Then you enter the school building—immediately, you feel the atmosphere of peace, calm, and easy alertness that reminds you of an upscale office. Keeping with the concept of learning as a natural part of life, earth tones throughout the building extend the muted colors native to the local desert and mountain environments. ...