Architecture - Masters
The intergenerational living and learning campus in subtropical Florianópolis, Brazil aims to create an invigorated Azorean-Brazilian community experience, with focus on sharing of cultures, generations, and knowledge to a unified and innovative tomorrow. From ages young to old and from teaching to learning, the campus proposes a new model of society integration and community engagement and fulfilment. The proposal will bridge a community on the site of division, to create not only a community for its students and residents, but its families, neighbours and passers-though. By approaching life as a continuous stream of teaching and learning, integrating aged communities with educational facilities provide a community of collaboration and creation, giving new energy to the human experience.
The aim of the project is an intergenerational living and learning as a community focused on education and senior living. Exploration into the educational and senior living model aims to integrate the two functions through intentional use of shared space. The project also incorporates elements of cultural heritage, social inclusivity, environmental sustainability, healthy living and fulfilment.
Imagine schools that foster the kind of thinking that bridges the chasms of ethnicity, nationality, region, species, and time … Imagine schools that draw forth the very best from each child.David W. Orr, 2014, 15
Good schools are the shared responsibility of many partners: school boards, superintendents, principals, teachers, families, community and faith-based organizations, cultural institutions, business leaders, and elected officials at all levels of government.National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, 2015, p.3
All we can know about the world she will step into is it will have challenges and opportunities beyond what we can imagine today, problems and possibilities that will demand creativity and ingenuity, responsibility and compassion.Design, B.M., 2014, 6
United in the conviction that environment is our children’s third teacher, we can begin anew a vital mission designing today’s schools for tomorrow’s world.Design, B.M., 2014, 10
The education priorities for the proposed school are designed around the project philosophies of community and culture. Hence, the education program is emphasised by the values of communication, collaboration, community, creativity and critical thinking, with an emphasis on responsibility, opportunity and unity. The program will also focus on developing 21st century skills, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, etc with both the students and the aged community.
Smaller learning communities, manageable class sizes, and adequate facilities with up-to-date technology are key ingredients in any effort to raise student achievement.National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, 2015, p.4
Research shows that greater family and community involvement can result in improved student academic performance, reduced dropout rates, and higher graduation and college enrolment rates. Efforts to turn schools into centers of community life can help engage parents and give surrounding neighborhoods a stake in public education.National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, 2015, p.4
Imagine schools powered entirely by sunlight that also purifies wastewater that irrigates gardens that grow food and teach biology. Imagine schools as incubators for a new generation of designers that will remake the human presence on Earth in ways that regenerate ecologies and create the foundation for a fair, decent, and prosperous post-carbon economy … Imagine a world made sustainable because we first taught every child to overcome hatred and fear and educated them to be ecologically competent.David W. Orr, 2014, 15
Lauren's passion in architecture began at the age of eight and she has since brought this passion for designing to life in her studying and professional life over the past few years. She believes that architecture is collectively personal; all that interact with it will knowingly or subconsciously acquire a positive influence from its success. Architecture is not only about the physical – it is the metaphysical to its user and its relationship with the environment that determines successful architecture. She believes that architecture should have the ability to reflect, respond and transform its physical and functional counterparts for not only the user, but for its environmental context. In turn, she utilises this approach in a aim to create meaningful spaces that combine practicality and sustainability today and in the future.