Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The entry way into the school is to be a general information area for the school's sustainable practices as well as the surrounding communitys interaction with the school. There are to be sliding frames with graphics and text on the right wall to dispay the info. The info wall also proves how this knowledge is tied to the knowledge found in books because of the seamless openess into the library. You are able to view grahics, text, and books all at the same time. The width of this opening relates to the floor because it is the same width of the purple that continues to feed its way through the school. This helps provide a direct connection between the knowledge found in the school as it journeys its way through each grade and hallway. Another important addition to the entry way is the natural lighting. Where to begin with the school was very sterile and being a LEED credited building, it did not show natural lighting in the most important region, the circulation areas. I opened up all sides of the space to allow the lighting to highlight certain areas.
1st : The left wall- lighting into the office, (also highlights seating at the same time to encourage students and others to stop and read info wall.
2nd: Ceiling - Lighting purges through the wood beams and translucent 3Form to highlight standing area to view graphic/info wall. (Floor is painted green where light should shine on it)
3rd: Glass doors- By creating glass doors into entry way as well as main connector hallway, I was able to continue this seamless stitching of spaces and connect the exterior into the interior
4th: Media Center- as explained earlier
Monday, May 11, 2009
The school I have designed to now be a very interactive and stimulating environment that will invoke school spirit and learning. All circulation paths flow as one and are stitched together to the community spaces to create fluidity throughout the entire school.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
"The outcome of two decades of urban renewal was that almost nothing of enduring value got built"
This relates to my experience because I had studied each persons work so hard and became so focused on presenting each persons project with the intention of showing their whole space, that I lost site of the real challenge. This presentation was not meant for that, it was meant to show the potential each school had. By separating their work out and trying to present it individually I think I failed at this. This is why nothing had ever been built according to Kunstler. So many people tried to go in every direction to show what they believed was best for that time. However, it wasn't and many issues arose and communities were lost. The value of design needs to be looked at from every angle, whether great or small but either way it needs to be looked at as a whole. Something I should have done when presenting.
This project was a great learning experience and helped me achieve many goals which I set out to gain this semester:
1. Balancing school and life
2. Going back to my roots of hand rendering
4. Learn a new program