Courtyard activity zone
Courtyard activity zone

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Options for redesigning the school courtyard
Options for redesigning the school courtyard

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Re-Imagining the Courtyard Experience - Collaboration & Education through Art

Forest Elementry School, Buffalo 

M.Arch 

UB

Fall 2019

We want to help Forest Elementary School to utilize its courtyard space with a design unique to the school itself. Throughout our tour of the space we were informed that the previous use of the courtyard space required too much maintenance; leading to the deconstruction of the 1996 pavilion.

 

We are proposing a piece of artwork that promotes collaboration and education for both the students and faculty. Our inspiration stems from case studies and research that discuss the importance of art as a way to enhance a student’s experience, as well as serve as an additional tool for teaching.

Interaction and Functionality of Art – Why Create the Pavilion?

 

The pavilion can serve as an ongoing interactive installation for students to add to throughout their time at Forest Elementary. While the installation itself can be an exciting sensory experience and is visually stimulating for the students we want to take this a step further. We know that collaboration and a sense of expression are very important to early development in children. We are proposing the students can collaborate by grade or by class to personalize ribbons which they will then tie to the rope in the areas they can reach. The students will be able to express themselves individually on their ribbon and contribute to a whole addition to the pavilion.

Courtyard activity zone

Courtyard activity zone

Options for redesigning the school courtyard

Options for redesigning the school courtyard

Trial timeline

Trial timeline

Weekly activity chart for students

Weekly activity chart for students

Active courtyard

Active courtyard

Model

Model