Honors Capstone Project
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Architecture | Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Interior Architecture
CONTENTION It is possible to create a physical environment which will serve as a didactic tool for both pupils and educators. The tectonic language will be didactic on three levels: that of explicatively detailed timber framing, that of participatory and reconfigurable play modules, and that of demonstrative sustainable resource management. It will merge playground and classroom space, both modulated within a timber frame and allowing reconfiguration of physically and intellectually educational partitions. DESIGN PROBLEM The kindergarten is to be sited in Saranac Lake, NY, at the Jackrabbit Trailhead, near Moody Pond. The building will merge playground and classroom programs for the kindergarten level and use a didactic architectural language. A timber frame module will be used for both programs, with the playground elements freely reconfigurable and existing as subdivisions of the larger ‘classroom-sized’ module. The tectonics of timber frame assembly will be expressed and highlighted, as they represent a higher order of didactic toys. The kindergarten building will also serve as a didactic tool for demonstrating sustainable resource management, including water collection as well as passive heating, cooling, and air quality control. This will reinforce the natural site as one of the ‘teachers’ of the progressive kindergarten.
Lakoba, Vasiliy, "A Didactic Architecture for Rural Early Education" (2011). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 217.
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