School buildings play a key role in the learning experience of millions of children in the United States. Therefore, school facilities offer a unique opportunity to engage in a national-scale effort to transform learning environments for children. This special topic seminar aims to experiment with such transformation, beginning with a K-4 public school facility built in a Northeastern suburb in the 1950s.
Focusing on the circulation spaces, the project aims to examine the integration of cost-effective design renovation, art installations, and alternative programming in school settings. The research will focus on the capacity of color and strategic formal interventions to improve the sense of belonging in school-age children. The proposed design experimentation will enhance spatial legibility, enliven the school structure, and create a sense of place. Successful research output will be integrated into a potential design studio on 2020 Spring semester.