ARCHITECTURE_Bridge the Digital Divide

Yesterday, I shared this project I had been working on in studio. Today, I wanted to share another similar project that was completed on Wednesday. The assignment was another group project, which involved choosing another design solution from The Third Teacher book. My partner and I chose #77, "Bridge the Digital Divide." This topic challenged us to create a classroom which catered digitally to students coming from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our design solution is below. I would like to stress that this was group project with Vanarath Phon, and we designed and produced these drawings in collaboration. The full presentation board can be viewed here, Digital Divide Final, but I have separated the images below for easier viewing.

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This space addresses the challenge of bridging the digital divide across various socioeconomic backgrounds. The three zones provide varying levels of comfort in the classroom.

rendered monitor wall

A large entrance at floor level welcomes users to an interactive space intended for those not familiar with operating a computer. This series of monitor walls is an approachable and hands-on tool.

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An enclosed group space provides opportunity for discussion and gathering, for those already accustomed to using a computer.

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ARCHITECTURE_Make Peace with Fidgeting

Now that I'm back at school and working in my studio (alot...frequently...always...forever...) I want to share my architectural progress on a more regular basis. In the first week and a half of school, I already have two projects to share that have been completed. If you mainly read my blog for the fashion, I hope you still find this somewhat interesting, and if not, no worries because I'll be posting about what I wore on a regular basis! This quarter in my studio we will each be designing a sixty to eighty-thousand square foot middle school for an urban site in downtown Chicago (site visit pending in April...yee!) To introduce us to the realm of school design, my teacher referred to the "practical design ideas" from the book entitled The Third Teacher. In this book, there are "79 ways you can use design to transform teaching and learning." For our project, we paired up with another student and randomly selected one of the numbers. We then designed quickly using sketches and study models, focusing on concrete solutions and stayed away from formal moves at this point in the quarter.

My partner, Ariana Martin, and I chose number 22, "Make Peace with Fidgeting." The book described it as "brain development" and to treat it as so.

Finally, I would like to reiterate that this was a group project that Ariana and I collaborated on through all stages of the development--aka even though I'm the one posting about it, she deserves just as much credit as I do!

The full presentation board can be best viewed here: Fidgeting Presentation, but I have included the individual drawings below as well for better image quality.

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this type of post. If so, I will be sharing another assignment I worked on in the next few days. If you're interested in this project, you can learn more about The Third Teacher or check out our class blog, Learning Ecologies, where we will post all of our progress and inspiration.

If you'd like to see my past architectural portfolios, they can be viewed here.