DIVISION 3 ADVANCED DESIGN/PORTFOLIO
Design an addition to your school, adding to the built environment that you interact with every day.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THIS DIVISION?
- Chicago Public School students enrolled in any level architecture class.
- Any CPS high school student not registered in an architecture course is also welcome to enter this division.
DESIGN PROCESS FOR DIVISION 3: ADVANCED DESIGN/PORTFOLIO: SCHOOL ADDITION
1) DEFINING THE PROBLEM
Many schools were designed for the past and don’t reflect the 21st century learning environment. Some buildings need better ventilation or lighting, while others are simply not large enough to accommodate students comfortably. In this division you are encouraged to envision an improvement for your school, something that would benefit everyone who uses it. The most successful designs will be ones that identify a specific need and present a strong design solution. The challenge is to add something that changes the footprint of your school building, while addressing a specifically identified need. Projects will include research and development, real world images and information showing why the need exists, in addition to final project design and information. Final portfolios must include both digital and hand renderings of existing and proposed designs.
2) COLLECTING INFORMATION
Here you are encouraged to gather information about how your school is used. Here are some research questions:
- What is(are) the size of your school building(s)? Using Google Maps and other online resources generate a site plan for your school location.
- What are your initial thoughts about the building? For example, is your school lacking room for art classes? Physical education? Band practice space? Common areas? Cafeteria space?
- Talk to someone who has been at your school for a while, like a teacher or administrator. They will most likely have great insight as to what areas could stand to be improved.
- Has anything like this ever been done in the past? If so, what were the results?
- For more research, we recommend looking at “The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Design to Transform Teaching & Learning,” by OWP/P Architects + VS Furniture + Bruce Mau. The book is easy to digest with lots of great images and design ideas, meant to inspire readers like you.
- The website for the book is also a great resource and can be found here: http://www.thethirdteacher.com
- Search online for newly built schools and others that have been upgraded through similar processes. Do you notice anything in common among newly built schools?
- The story of Kelly High School, and their addition. http://www.kelly.cps.k12.il.us/admin/Building.html
3) BRAINSTORM & ANALYZE
When brainstorming you want to explore some ideas and with the goal of eventually developing a single solution as your final design.
Identify the problem you want to solve.
Explore at least three (3) possible solutions, each of which will no doubt help you as you search for the best addition to your school. What could your ideas look like? How would it change the landscape of your school? Who will benefit most from your design solution? Try to answer these questions visually through sketching, and in words by taking down notes.
4) DEVELOP SOLUTIONS
At this stage you should select your favorite design for the Newhouse.
- What is your favorite design? Why?
- What aspects of your school would it improve?
- Who would benefit most from your new design?
- What materials would you be using, and why?
- Ideally you will want to create plans of some kind to communicate your final vision, so start to sketch site plans, elevations, and even a floor plan if necessary.
5) GATHER FEEDBACK
This is a critical step for this division, because your classmates and teachers are in the building with you, and are great resources for feedback.
- Present your final design to your class, to get feedback before submitting your project.
- If you talked to other school people while working on your project, show them your design and get their feedback. If they talked to you before, they will want to see what you’ve created.
- Keep notes for any conversations, and try to understand their suggestions before deciding if you wish to make any changes to your final design.
6) IMPROVE AND FINISH YOUR DESIGN
Carefully take stock of feedback from others and do your best to find the information that will help you finalize your project. Someone might tell you something seemingly small, but that bit of information might be the difference between a good project and a great one.
Your final project must include the following components:
Your work must be entirely presented inside of a portfolio binder no larger than 11” x 14”
Using information from Google Maps or other mapping software, you will need to draw and include a site plan of your school, showing the location of the addition.
Research notes, concept sketches, plans, elevations, and sections as needed, to show your design process.
There is a maximum number of 15 pages per project.
Please follow these rules when working on this Newhouse division:
You may use only 3D-modeling and 3D rendering software to render the three dimensional model.
Individuals only (project may not be submitted in teams).
Portfolios only. No boards.
No physical models will be accepted. If you design a model, please photograph it and include pictures inside of final portfolio.
The judges will be evaluating your design project on:
Identification of need
Originality of design solution.
Demonstration of Research
Inclusion of Brainstorming information
Originality of composition, precision and layout of final design
Creative representation of building materials, color, texture and scale