Proposal: Education’s Relationship to Space

Terrence Charles




Keywords:  new education methods, smartly built and reconfigured space, reversing waning cultural appreciation


Thesis: My current work delves into “schooling” as a concept and how resourceful interior solutions can develop a more tailored and efficient learning environment. However, the focus of this project rests in the creation of transformable spaces that allow inventive learning methods to thrive. The existing school’s focus on museum and technology project based learning provides an excellent leaping point for exploration? What can intelligent interior design do to help ease the educational process that is increasingly incompatible with the needs of future wholly technology dependent generations? This project seeks to understand and create a quality educational setting developed out of children’s instinctual interests from preschool to preteen ages at an NYC public and underprivileged magnet school. The aspiration of the project is not only to develop intentionally designed functional spaces, but ones that provide hope and engagement to the users, the children and instructors.


Theoretical Overview: This project compresses educational research and the culture of globalization that Appadurai speaks of. With all of the scapes technological, media, ethno, and etc, how does one begin to develop a learning space that contains and allows for individuality in culture and experience while simultaneously uniting and elevating a general understanding amongst everyone? This exclusion prevalent in the general outdated education model is slowly now trying to be broken by these themed learning methods. Appadurai talks of the ability of culture to never be lost, because everything is translated differently on a person-to-person basis. However, I greatly disagree and strongly believe culture will be lost if the educational system and educational environments aren’t reformed.


Methodological Overview:  With this project I plan to create a series of drawings of a purely architectural nature in perspective and orthographic styles along with a full physical model. Yet, the true discoveries I will make will be in the form of diagrams, process work, and further field research when gathered information influences the final design.

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3 Responses to Proposal: Education’s Relationship to Space

  1. krystsinas says:

    Since you are talking about an interior design solution becoming almost a ‘trigger’ for a change in educational system, it might also be relevant to tie your exploration with Balsamo’s idea of a designer being a cultural mediator and design innovation as rearrangement of how things will be in the future, as well as think about how design decisions lead to cultural shifts over time and what is the designer’s role in that process.

  2. Barbara says:

    Terrence, you might want to visit this exhibition: Also have a look at Laura Kurgan (the same designer who did the Million Dollar block project that Paola talked about in this week’s lecture)–she has some work on schools, education and design:

  3. you can check at latin america education situation and make a comparison and contrast and probably make something more global because right now im visualizing something that is just for first world countries

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