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DIVISION 5 HISTORY DESIGN
THE ARCHITECTURAL TOUR



If you could tell a story through buildings, what would it be?

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THIS DIVISION?

  • Chicago Public School students enrolled in a first or second year architecture class.
  • Any third year student may enter this division as a second project. 
  • Any CPS high school student not registered in an architecture course is also welcome to enter this division.
DESIGN PROCESS FOR DIVISION 5: DESIGN: THE ARCHITECTURAL TOUR

1)       DEFINING THE PROBLEM  
The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers 85 tours of buildings and neighborhoods across the city, but none of these were developed by teens, for other teens.  CAF wants to hear from you. For this division we are seeking projects that outline a potential tour that tells a story through buildings, and matters to you, your family, your community, or the city!

Imagine you were asked to spend the day showing around a high school student who knew nothing about your neighborhood or the city of Chicago.  What is the most important thing you would want to showcase?  Is it something in your neighborhood?  A place where something important happened in your community?  

The Challenge (more detailed requirements listed below)

  • Your tour must tell a story, with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Story must be told through exactly five (5) buildings of your choice.
  • The audience for this tour is made up of your classmates. What kinds of architecture are they interested in?  What kinds of stories might they like?
  • Stories may come from anywhere in Chicago, including your community.
  • Your final project for this division will be submitted in PowerPoint format, featuring exactly ten (10) slides
  • Prize winners for this division will be asked to present their tour at the Newhouse awards ceremony, to be held at Harold Washington Library on Thursday June 2nd, 2011.


2)       COLLECTING INFORMATION  
At this stage of your project you will want to explore, research, and collect information.

  • To understand what kinds of tours are currently offered in Chicago, visit www.architecture.org/tours, and explore the many options available.
  • If you are registered for this division, CAF will allow you to take ANY walking tour for free. Contactnewhouse(at)architecture.org to schedule your tour.
  • Perhaps you would want to take a tour yourself.
  • Start to take pictures of buildings, especially if they are linked to a story that you enjoy.
  • Here is a Power Point template to get you started on your presentation.
  • You may begin to look for old photos at library, online, or through your school.
  • What stories are you interested in, and start to emerge from your research?
  • Stories can be personal or historical, as long as the story relates to your (5) buildings.

 

3)       BRAINSTORM & ANALYZE                  
If you can find a story that includes buildings that your classmates would enjoy, you probably have a good start to your tour.
Does this story have a beginning, middle, and end? Can these parts be explored with specific buildings?
Work towards a single story and begin to develop your architectural tour

4)       DEVELOP SOLUTIONS

  • What kind of map can you create? Will you scan an existing map or start from scratch?
  • How can you shoot the best possible images for each building? When is a good time to visit each building, and what camera can you use to take pictures?
  • Once you have imagery for your story, you will  want to write the text associated with each slide.
  • Would you need some guidance for writing? If so, reach out to someone for help. Maybe a peer, teacher, or relative?


5)       GATHER FEEDBACK

  • Try to present your tour to your class. What kind of feedback do they offer?
  • You may email your Powerpoint document to others and have them read the document, giving you feedback.
  • Try to tell other people about it too, because ultimately you will want many people to enjoy the tour, not just your close friends.


6)       IMPROVE AND FINISH YOUR DESIGN

  • What kind of feedback have you received?
  • How can you make your tour even more interesting than it already is?
  • Are all of your images easy to understand? Are there some that could be improved? In other words do you need to re-shoot any photos?
  • Is your text easy to read and understand? Make sure it associates well with the images.
  • Finally, does your story come across clearly? With a beginning, middle, and end, as told through the exploration of five (5) buildings? If so, then you are ready to submit your tour to the Newhouse Architecture Competition.
PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS

Your final project must include the following components:

Final projects must be in Powerpoint format, using the template supplied by CAF. Files must be saved to a CD and submitted to the Newhouse Architecture Competition.  Your teacher has the Powerpoint template, but If you are unsure, please email newhouse(at)architecture.org to have the file emailed to you.
You will need to include a title and your name, somewhere in your document.
Ultimately images that are submitted for this division must be credited to the original photographer. If you do not know the source, do not include the image.
Transportation must be designed for one of the following: boat, bus, bicycle, or walking, which must be communicated in your Powerpoint document.
Total tour time would have to be less than two (2) hours. If you are unsure you could use Google Maps to estimate travel time for walking, driving, or bicycle.

RULES

Please follow these rules when working on this Newhouse division:

Your Powerpoint document must have a total number of ten (10) slides.
Within the 10 slides, at least five (5) images must be of your five (5) buildings.
Within the 10 slides at least one (1) image must be of the tour map, showing the overall span of the tour, and each stop.
Each of the 10 slides within your project must have accompanying overview text, located inside of the “notes” section at the bottom of the page.
The word-limit for the “notes” section of each slide is 100 words, for a total of 1000 words maximum for the entire tour (10 slides)
No group projects. Individual entries only.
Images must be credited to photographer or source.
Your tour must be based in Chicago.
If your tour is chosen, you will be asked to present at Newhouse Awards ceremony on Thursday June 2, 2011.
Winners who present at the awards ceremony will have each slide projected behind for 30 seconds, giving them that long to talk about the image and tour. With 10 slides, that means each presentation will be a maximum of five (5) minutes long.
Powerpoint projects must be submitted via CD-ROM. Your CD-ROM should also be labeled clearly with your name and contact information.
Teachers may choose to submit a single CD-ROM with multiple student projects on it. CD-ROM must be clearly labeled with student name and division information for each project.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The judges will be evaluating your design project on:

Clarity of story. Did your story communicate well, with a beginning, middle, and end?
Was the story told through buildings?
Strength of photography?
Quality of writing. Was the writing clear and communicated well?
Is there potential to connect with a teen audience? How about a larger audience?
Are both a map (tour route) and five building images included in the total 10 images?







 

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