Workshop Descriptions

Jeddah Airport

Airport Terminal: We will look at different  airports around the world, understand how they function and then design and create an airport in model form.

 

CaliforniaAmusement Parks: We will look at amusement parks around the world and discuss what works and what doesn’t work in a park. The students will share their experiences and develop a “program”, a list of requirements, for the park. Then the fun begins as the students draw and build their parks either in teams or on an individual basis.

 

 atlantis-empire1Atlantis: There have been myths and stories based on an island that mysteriously disappeared centuries ago. We will explore those stories along with images that have been created of this lost island. Then the students will create their own modern-day idea of Atlantis through drawings and models.

 

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Bridges: We will look at a wide range of bridges, historic to contemporary, talk about how each one was built and learn about various bridge structures. Then, the students will design and build their own bridges individually or in teams.

 

Contemporary Archoneycombhitecture: Architects today have a responsibility to design buildings that are sustainable and use less resources, from the building materials selected and their origin to the mechanical, electrical and water systems designed.

We will look at today’s architects with a focus on BIG Architects’ Hot to Cold exhibit as well as Santiago Calatrava‘s cultural complex in Valencia and the housing complex by Agence Nicolas Michelin & Associés in Bordeaux.

After discussing the work of these architects, each student will select a building type and, after a lesson in drawing to scale, the students will design and build their own sustainable structure or interior space.

ecoEco-Resort: We will discuss how to create a place that leaves as small a footprint as possible on the planet and uses resources wisely. Factors such as prevailing winds, sun exposure, water collection and wind generated energy will be discussed and incorporated into the designs. We will evaluate the use of local materials and the architectural styles of the location that is selected and the students will make determinations of what they will incorporate into their designs.

The goal of the resort design will be to have a compound that is as self-sustaining as possible.

pyramidEgyptian Architecture and Design: We will look at the history of the pyramid, the obelisk, the temple and other architectural forms of the Egyptian Period and understand how they were built and why. There will also be discussion about how those built forms and designs are used today.

The student will then be able to create a design project based on three aspects of Egyptian design in a contemporary form.

house Geometry in Architecture: Students will look at symmetry in architecture, calculate areas of polygons and volumes based on floor plans and elevations of well-known buildings as well as study Pythagorean’s theorem and apply it to a selected built structure.

 

 

sonevajani-1880A Hotel:

We will explore hotel design by looking at examples around the world and different hotel types, discuss what it takes for a hotel to function and run smoothly and develop a program for a hotel. The students will have the opportunity to design a hotel by doing sketches and creating models of their ideas.

The Middle Ages, Castles and Cathedrals: The students will be introduced to the social context of the Middle Ages and understand why churches and cathedrals were the most important structures during that time.

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We will also look at images and typical layouts of both building types to understand why they were designed in a particular way.

Then the students will have an opportunity to select a typical room in a castle, design it and build it to scale. At the end of the workshop session, there will be a series of rooms typical in a castle created by the students.

Modern Architecture and Design: The class will cover the Bauhaus School in Germany, De Stijl, modernthe Modern Movement in America, the Post Modern era, Deconstructivism and continue to contemporary architecture including green architecture as well as prefabricated and modular structures. We will look at the social movements of each period and how that impacted our built environment.

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Monuments: We will look at monuments around the world, discuss why we build monuments and how monuments are placed in a landscape. We will then talk about what is important to us as individuals, as a community, as a country and in terms of all people. Then the students will choose an idea, a thing, a person or an event that is important to them and design a monument and choose a location for it.

There will be an opportunity to build the monument in model form as well as the surrounding area to provide context for it.

The Louvre Museum in Paris

The Louvre Museum in Paris

A Museum: The students will be introduced to museums of architectural interest around the world, understand the requirements such as lighting, the impact of sunlight on artwork as well as heating and cooling of museum spaces. Then the students will work in teams or individually in designing their own museum on a specific site.

A location will be selected and the students will design a high rise building and develop it in model form.


Sustainable Housing:
The students will have an zerohouseopportunity to look at examples of sustainable houses and communities and discuss their ideas on how to create a place that leaves as small a footprint as possible on the planet and uses resources wisely. Factors such as prevailing winds, sun exposure, water collection and wind generated energy will be discussed and incorporated into a design that the students create. We will evaluate the use of local materials and the architectural styles of the location that is selected. The students will make determinations of what they will use in their designs.

new icheon south korea by fosterTown Planning: We will look at layouts of cities around the world and use those ideas for designing a town at a pre-determined location.

The students will develop a layout of the town and become aware of adjacencies and how towns and cities are zoned. The students will then create models of buildings, cars, signs and other aspects of the town that they consider to be important.

Ecological issues will also be discussed and will be addressed in the plan for the town.

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This is amazing! Would you know of any programs for 11 yr olds in NJ. Unfortunately we are too far to take yours! Thanks! :)

Rose,

I don’t know of a similar program anywhere.

Dora

Dora,
Do you work with high school students?
i am wondering if you have any classes or workshops coming up in the near future.
We live in Lake Forest Park WA.
Thanks

Due to several requests, I will offer workshops on Saturday afternoons starting in July.

The schedule will be online this weekend.

Dora


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