Yesterday, the grade-eight class visited the Rafael Viñoly Architects studio to present projects to a panel of architects.
During the past five weeks of science class, students have been working on creating architecture projects with professional architects. Each student was tasked with designing a 400 square foot building for an existing open lot at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue that could serve the community. First, students developed a concept design, then they created perspective drawings, and finally built a 3-D model. Students had to consider function, materials, and aesthetics.
The culmination of the assignment was the visit to Rafael Viñoly Architects, where each student presented his or her design and model to a panel of architects, answering questions and receiving feedback.
This project is part of a two-term focus on the design process with units on building architecture and the construction of simple machines.
Congratulations, eighth graders, on all of your hard work. Special thanks to Elizabeth Geldres and the team at RVA who helped make this exciting unit possible.
Additional thanks to Con Edison for their support of Harlem Academy's science program.