Story of a Chair A teachable moment at Cleveland Public Library in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood of Cleveland
When Cleveland Public Library received new chairs for the branch—it provided a chance to demonstrate how design can promote REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
The chairs arrived during Architecture Month in Cleveland—April 2011
The manufacturer specifically designed the packaging for reuse—the challenge was getting 2 nd grade students to understand how the package design promoted reuse. We watched a short film produced by the Laurel School.
We challenged the boys versus the girls to come up with the least amount of steps to repackage a chair for reuse/recycle-girls formed a circle and choose an architect and a builder. The boys deliberated a bit longer.
Groups shared their ideas on the steps involved
Both teams used problem solving to reduce the material and labor needed to repackage the chair—both architects explained their process <ul><li>Students realized the need for REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE in their daily lives. </li></ul>