A Catalyst for Building Bonds

In an environment of diverse, eager minds, there needs to be spaces for people of similar interests to come together. Just as important are the spaces where all people can mingle and interact freely. Without exposure to differing and varying ideas, students may be more close-minded. In an attempt to bring a new system of education to the establishment, I structured a common hub or core that bridge the divides of design interests. This space accommodates for various group sizes and is full of activity going on within as well as activities passing through the space. The gathering exposes the students and leads to more open-mindedness.

Sometimes a student coming into a new setting is still discovering oneself. These students can find mentors and friends that guide them through the journey. To facilitate these partnerships, I imagine small pockets of space nestled between specialized classrooms. The classes allow roughly thirty students to learn and explore in a more formal setting. As young students are drawn to their interests, more experienced students may branch off to begin projects with fellow students of similar interests or venture off with a group of diverse backgrounds. This may lead to friendly competition that pushes the students to reach new heights.

Looking to the Dunbar number, I set apart areas that bring together an audience of 150. This active audience participates, whether it is a culinary cafeteria for tasting food, a media gallery for displaying student innovation, or an organizational stage for addressing large crowds. As the students gain knowledge and develop relationships, they can begin to blur the lines between what initially captured their attention. I plan to craft spaces that lay the foundation for this experience through blurred boundary conditions and exciting areas of overlap. The ultimate goal is for 450 individuals to build one network from various partnerships, teams, classes, and audiences.

OSLA Network Diagram 3-01