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Building as a Teaching Tool

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  • 1. Building as a Teaching Tool Brief - ShortThe building could be an asset to the learning experience in two ways: 1. Provide direct, interactive learning opportunities 2. Support teachers by indirectly providing the functional design / equipment neededAt least four themes will be explored through the new architecture:The building can enable students to learn about the history of the region, thelocal geology, and the building itself.The building is an example of theory made functional. By revealing the innerworkings of the building -- the pressurized piping, the airflow mechanisms, thestructural components that protect against earthquakes – students can learnfirst hand concepts they are being taught in the classroom.3. Demonstrate and support interaction with the natural environment.The building is a controlled extension of the natural environment, tempering thevariability of the natural world while also interacting with it. A well-designedbuilding can highlight those interactions, illustrating the ways the building affectsthe environment and how proper alignment can lead to synergistic benefits.The building can foster unique and unexpected interaction among studentsand faculty alike through open spaces, thoughtfully placed nooks, andengaging pieces of architecture. These spaces can enable lateralcommunication, inspire spontaneous conversations, and provide places of restand recovery.These are just a few descriptions and examples to illustrate how using thebuilding as a teaching tool is possible. As we move forward in design, we willuse the following devices to achieve the above themes: spatial organization,use of technology, narrative and interactive displays, design details andmaterial choices. And it is through your participation in our workshops, andexploring and exchanging ideas through this workbook, that we will mosteffectively align the buildings functionality to your needs. Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com
  • 2. Building as a Teaching Tool Brief - LongThe building could be an asset to the learning experience in two ways: 3. Provide direct, interactive learning opportunities 4. Support teachers by indirectly providing the functional design / equipment neededAt least four themes will be explored through the new architecture:The building can enable students to learn about the history of the region, thelocal geology, and the building itself.Examples: Using intentionally placed windows, gathering places, and supportive tools (e.g. educational signs) to showcase historical buildings, landmarks, etc. Using a variety of locally quarried stone to showcase the characteristics of different geological time periods Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com
  • 3. Using structural parts of the old building in the construction of the new building to illustrate the evolution of the school siteThe building is an example of theory made functional. By revealing the innerworkings of the building -- the pressurized piping, the air-flow mechanisms, thestructural components that protect against earthquakes – students can learnfirst hand concepts they are being taught in the classroom.Examples: Using interactive LCD dashboards that reveal how the building systems are functioning in real-time compared to past performance Opening up utility rooms to allow students to view pressure meters, the ebb and flow of material movement, and other mechanical processes Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com
  • 4. Opening up walls and ceilings to expose functional building components such as piping, insulation, etc.3. Demonstrate and support interaction with the natural environment.The building is a controlled extension of the natural environment, tempering thevariability of the natural world while also interacting with it. A well-designedbuilding can highlight those interactions, illustrating the ways the building affectsthe environment and how proper alignment can lead to synergistic benefits.Examples: Using rooftop weather stations and dynamic monitoring stations to teach students about wind speed, humidity, temperature, etc. and their larger connection to regional climates Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com
  • 5. Using landscaped exterior facades to bring nature into the composition of the building Using rainwater collectors to control water runoff and feed it into student / faculty gardensThe building can foster unique and unexpected interaction among studentsand faculty alike through open spaces, thoughtfully placed nooks, andengaging pieces of architecture. These spaces can enable lateralcommunication, inspire spontaneous conversations, and provide places of restand recovery.Examples: Using interactive architecture, such as slides, to inspire and engage students around educational themes Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com
  • 6. Using creative furniture and open spaces to bring people together in spontaneous and meaningful conversationsThese are just a few descriptions and examples to illustrate how using thebuilding as a teaching tool is possible. As we move forward in design, we willuse the following devices to achieve the above themes: spatial organization,use of technology, narrative and interactive displays, design details andmaterial choices. And it is through your participation in our workshops, andexploring and exchanging ideas through this workbook, that we will mosteffectively align the buildings functionality to your needs. Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com

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