Credits: 1 AIA LU/Elective; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
Glass and schools just seem to go together. The purpose of schools is to engage students in learning about the world. How better to achieve that than with views, natural light, and unique designs? The projects featured in this webinar include what is fondly called “the egg,” a curved glass meeting room set in a busy lobby that acts as an intersection between various parts of the school. Inside the curved glass room is a large screen that can be seen by passersby to keep students informed about school issues and events. The room can also be used for small meetings, to show the power of collaboration. In a second project where glass plays a major role, each classroom in a Manhattan school for special needs children includes a massive bay window that not only allows in abundant natural light, but that gives the students views of Madison Avenue below. As long as students are being taught to function in the world, they may as well see that world every day. Only glass could achieve this benefit.
- Identify two projects where glass helped achieve the program’s design goals and performance needs.
- Describe how a glassed in meeting room transformed a school lobby.
- Discuss a design strategy with glass that allows students a long view of the streetscape below.
- Define the qualities of glass that enhance a learning environment.