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Building as a Teaching Tool Brief - Short	  The	  building	  could	  be	  an	  asset	  to	  the	  learning	  experience	  ...
Building as a Teaching Tool Brief - LongThe	  building	  could	  be	  an	  asset	  to	  the	  learning	  experience	  in	 ...
2. Reveal how buildings systems are made and function.The	  building	  is	  an	  example	  of	  theory	  made	  functional...
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  1. 1. Building as a Teaching Tool Brief - Short  The  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  needed    At  least  four  themes  will  be  explored  through  the  new  architecture:      1. Discover and engage with the historical context.The  building  can  enable  students  to  learn  about  the  history  of  the  region,  the  local  geology,  and  the  building  itself.  2. Reveal how buildings systems are made and function.The  building  is  an  example  of  theory  made  functional.  By  revealing  the  inner  workings  of  the  building  -­‐-­‐  the  pressurized  piping,  the  airflow  mechanisms,  the  structural  components  that  protect  against  earthquakes  –  students  can  learn  first  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  the  variability  of  the  natural  world  while  also  interacting  with  it.  A  well-­‐designed  building  can  highlight  those  interactions,  illustrating  the  ways  the  building  affects  the  environment  and  how  proper  alignment  can  lead  to  synergistic  benefits.    4. Inspire and support community interaction.The  building  can  foster  unique  and  unexpected  interaction  among  students  and  faculty  alike  through  open  spaces,  thoughtfully  placed  nooks,  and  engaging  pieces  of  architecture.    These  spaces  can  enable  lateral  communication,  inspire  spontaneous  conversations,  and  provide  places  of  rest  and  recovery.These  are  just  a  few  descriptions  and  examples  to  illustrate  how  using  the  building  as  a  teaching  tool  is  possible.    As  we  move  forward  in  design,  we  will  use  the  following  devices  to  achieve  the  above  themes:  spatial  organization,  use  of  technology,  narrative  and  interactive  displays,  design  details  and  material  choices.    And  it  is  through  your  participation  in  our  workshops,  and  exploring  and  exchanging  ideas  through  this  workbook,  that  we  will  most  effectively  align  the  buildings  functionality  to  your  needs.     Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com Page 1 of 6
  2. 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  needed    At  least  four  themes  will  be  explored  through  the  new  architecture:      1. Discover and engage with the historical context.The  building  can  enable  students  to  learn  about  the  history  of  the  region,  the  local  geology,  and  the  building  itself.    Examples:     History of Region • Using  intentionally  placed  windows,   gathering  places,  and  supportive  tools   (e.g.  educational  signs)  to  showcase   historical  buildings,  landmarks,  etc.             History of Earth • Using  a  variety  of  locally  quarried  stone  to  showcase  the   characteristics  of  different  geological  time  periods   History of Building • Using  structural  parts  of  the  old  building  in  the   construction  of  the  new  building  to  illustrate  the   evolution  of  the  school  site   Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com Page 2 of 6
  3. 3. 2. Reveal how buildings systems are made and function.The  building  is  an  example  of  theory  made  functional.  By  revealing  the  inner  workings  of  the  building  -­‐-­‐  the  pressurized  piping,  the  air-­‐flow  mechanisms,  the  structural  components  that  protect  against  earthquakes  –  students  can  learn  first  hand  concepts  they  are  being  taught  in  the  classroom.        Examples:     Visualizing hidden processes • Using  interactive  LCD  dashboards  that   reveal  how  the  building  systems  are   functioning  in  real-­‐time  compared  to  past   performance     Viewing and interacting with real systems • Opening  up  utility  rooms  to  allow  students   to  view  pressure  meters,  the  ebb  and  flow   of  material  movement,  and  other   mechanical  processes     Seeing the raw materials Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com Page 3 of 6
  4. 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  the  variability  of  the  natural  world  while  also  interacting  with  it.  A  well-­‐designed  building  can  highlight  those  interactions,  illustrating  the  ways  the  building  affects  the  environment  and  how  proper  alignment  can  lead  to  synergistic  benefits.      Examples:     Understanding weather • Using  rooftop  weather   stations  and  dynamic   monitoring  stations  to  teach   students  about  wind  speed,   humidity,  temperature,  etc.   and  their  larger  connection  to   regional  climates   Incorporating natural systems into the building • Using  landscaped  exterior  facades  to  bring   nature  into  the  composition  of  the  building   Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com Page 4 of 6
  5. 5. Finding synergies between the building and the natural environment • Using  rainwater  collectors  to  control  water   runoff  and  feed  it  into  student  /  faculty   gardens  4. Inspire and support community interaction.The  building  can  foster  unique  and  unexpected  interaction  among  students  and  faculty  alike  through  open  spaces,  thoughtfully  placed  nooks,  and  engaging  pieces  of  architecture.    These  spaces  can  enable  lateral  communication,  inspire  spontaneous  conversations,  and  provide  places  of  rest  and  recovery.  Examples:     Architecture that engages • Using  interactive  architecture,  such   as  slides,  to  inspire  and  engage   students  around  educational  themes               Conversation / collaboration spaces • Using  creative  furniture  and  open   spaces  to  bring  people  together  in   spontaneous  and  meaningful   conversations         Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com Page 5 of 6
  6. 6.        These  are  just  a  few  descriptions  and  examples  to  illustrate  how  using  the  building  as  a  teaching  tool  is  possible.    As  we  move  forward  in  design,  we  will  use  the  following  devices  to  achieve  the  above  themes:  spatial  organization,  use  of  technology,  narrative  and  interactive  displays,  design  details  and  material  choices.    And  it  is  through  your  participation  in  our  workshops,  and  exploring  and  exchanging  ideas  through  this  workbook,  that  we  will  most  effectively  align  the  buildings  functionality  to  your  needs.     Roundhouse One, 1500 Sansome Street San Francisco CA 94111 415.402.0888 mkthink.com Page 6 of 6

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