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Design and Aesthetic at the Forge School

The Forge School works with families and within family systems. We understand that individuals and families heal best in-home environments filled with a sense of safety, nurturing, comfort, and well-being. Unfortunately, families struggle and fall apart; the home that was once a place of shelter becomes a place of pain and suffering. Because of this, we created The Forge School. We designed The Forge because you matter, because you have inherent worth and value, and so that your engagement in the world is noticed and affirmed. As you engage in the world, as you engage in the process of healing, there will be times when you will fall apart. Because you matter, we will pull you through those difficult times; you will not be alone.

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For the Forge to Fulfill Its Core Purpose, It Must Be Experienced as a Home.

If we succeed in cultivating this experience, initially through design and aesthetics, then we will set the course for healing generations and creating joy. Taking a page from history, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings and afterward they shape us.” Churchill well understood the effect architecture and design have in shaping the human experience. The context of the debate, and Churchill’s quote, is fascinating. Buried in his words, Churchill understood that there needed to be a healthy balance between order and chaos; between the rationale and irrational; between the present and the past. This mirrors a comment made by the great architect Daniel Libeskind many years later who said, “Life is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it’s about the experience, it’s about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious.” What is obvious is that The Forge is a residential treatment center; what is not as obvious, is in order for The Forge to fulfill its core purpose of creating joy and healing generations, the environment in which we operate must be characteristic of the attributes that make home the emotional center of gravity for you and your family.
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