watercolorWEDNESDAY XXXXVI

May 29, 2013 § 4 Comments

I am back!

For the past eight months I have been working away to complete my thesis for my undergraduate architecture degree.  Late nights in studio, demanding deadlines and more list items than hours in a day have kept me from painting (for pleasure that is) and blogging.

BUT as of this weekend I am (almost) officially done.  One publication and a few small group projects stand infront of me and that diploma but these petty things still give me time to continue to paint, paint, paint…ahh how I have missed those brushes!

Although intense, my thesis still allowed me to break out the paintbrushes and do a bit of mixed media presentation work.

I thought I would share with you what has kept me alway for so long!

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My thesis explored the connection (well, lack there of) of children and nature.  Through the research of early children’s education, children’s environmental psychology and a strong emphasis on passive design strategies, I designed a child development center in San Luis Obispo, California.  The Center is home to a preschool for 70+ children, family art center, teaching kitchen and family counseling center.  The program is broken up into five separate buildings to create small campus in the South Hills site of San Luis Obispo and promote outdoor circulation within the center.Classroom-1-SECTION

Classroom Cluster Section.  Two classrooms are joined together with a shared service and ‘flow’ space.  The flow space is to give children the option of playing indoors while meant to feel like the outdoors.

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Teaching Kitchen.  The kitchen is meant to teach children about food production and preparation.  By allowing children to grow their own produce there is hope they will make smarter food decisions in the future.

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Site Plan.  By site plan it looks like a game of Candy Land, however the site is broken up into classroom specific areas, shared areas and public areas.  Diversity within the plan is to allow children to explore, together or individually, the natural outdoors.

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Site Section, Classroom View.  Here the three classroom ‘clusters’ are shown.  Each cluster contains two classrooms and a shared service flow area.  The buildings are clad in recycled wood siding and eco-friendly fiber-cement board. The materials are meant to blend into the existing site.
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Just some snippets from a years worth of hard work!

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