A unit of art lessons in which each student will design a building and its surrounding landscape. Along the way, students will study some great architecture from various cultures.
What is architecture? What is not architecture?
In a small group, discuss your answers to these questions, and whether you would include the following in your definition of architecture, and why:
- The houses on your neighborhood? The grocery store? Our school? The ramada on our playground? The baseball field on our playground?
- A tent? All tents?
- A tunnel through a mountain? One for a highway? A mine shaft?
- The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt?
- An aircraft carrier? A submarine? A one-person sailboat?
- An unmanned rocket? A manned space station?
Pretend you are a professional architect,
and the teacher is your client.
Your client walks in to your office, and says, "I have bought some land, and need you to figure out how best to build on it. I'll pay you the normal fee."
The normal fee is 10% of the entire cost of construction.
The first thing you ask is "What do you need the building for? Who is going to use it, and what will they need to do there?"
Your client says, "I have one acre, and it is located in an undeveloped area."
Normally the client specifies the location of a project. For this assignment, you can pick the rural location anywhere in the world. You must name an actual city that is the nearest one to your site. Your client continues, "I will give you two choices for the type of building it will be:
Once you choose which of these types of buildings you'll design, your job is to make a set of five drawings, and in this order:
I will explain what these are, and give you a list of requirements (or "specifications") for each drawing. The more your drawings satisfy these requirements, the higher will be your grade. The rubric will be further explained soon.
Each drawing must be made on a 12 x 18 inch sheet of white paper.
The drawings must be bound with staples along their left edge as they are produced.
Each drawing must be labeled on its front side with the following information:
If you design a fast-food restaurant:
If you design a modest vacation home:
Begin the project by drawing a bubble diagram.
This lesson was written particularly for 6th grade students at Copper Canyon Elementary School, Phoenix AZ, USA. You are welcome to use it in your classroom too.
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