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I know I am late with this post, but I really wanted to take my time with it and be as true as I can with it. After looking over everyones submissions, I found some of them to be very sincere. We are dealing with a complex issue and I have been struggling to be genuine in my solution, its portrayal, and my reflection of it thus far.

As someone has already stated, the role of an architect is not simple that of aesthetics and structure. We are a profession which must know a little about many things. How do we combine our knowledge of design and science with psychology and the human experience?

When dealing with the problem of education in today’s society, how do we create a place which can foster learning, not just in its traditional sense, but also in its most natural sense; through discovery? We seem to lose our curiosity as we grow up, because we have been taught how to learn. The role of teacher has become a unilateral one, when it should be one of “mentorship” and collaboration.

Design Intent:

  • To create a learning ecology: A community of people in communication with components of their environments to function as a system.
  • Provide a place where there can be open access to all aspects of education, regardless of chosen focus, leading to fulfillment of general knowledge as well as learning driven by curiosity and discovery.
  • Dynamic and interdependent disciplines can have a place to work together to share knowledge and wisdom while creating a self-organizing and adaptive ecology.

Concept Development:

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Floor Plans/Section:

With four educational focuses (culinary design, media design, product design, organizational design), and learning clusters between them, the program was organized to foster relationships and collaboration.

Floor Plans [Converted]

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Commons Atrium:

The central commons atrium acts as an agora for the campus: a place to meet, interact, and exchange ideas. With areas for a single person, to spaces for groups to meet, the agora is both a hub for cross pollination between campus focuses as well as a place to relax or focus and reflect.

Atrium Precedents:

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Moving Forward From Review:

After mid, a few of the concepts which need development include:

  • Exterior spaces- These spaces need to tie the campus together. I need to further develop them as an integral part of the design rather than an afterthought. With a site in such a beautiful climate, exterior spaces have a great potential to become gathering places and areas for informal learning. These spaces need to be woven between both space and section.
  • Atrium commons- This area has the potential to be something really great, and possibly the most used area of campus. I need to develop the character of the space both in plan and section. It needs to be open and connected, flooded with light and ideas.
  • Connecting the campus- With some more development of the programmed spaces, I can make the project relate, rather than rely on space adjacencies.
  • Solidifying the cluster- I see the cluster as the spaces which glue the campus focuses together. The clusters themselves can be broken up, and will be spread between the focus spaces. They will become the in between for more interdisciplinary learning to occur.