Middle School Architects Create Passive Solar Design Models
The middle school architecture elective has been busy in their studio working on projects centered on the theme of shelter. Using the software program Minecraft and working in groups of two, our student architects have learned the ins and outs of designing and building homes that take into account specific guidelines (such as number of bedrooms/bathrooms, how big the building needs to be, types of living spaces required, building/safety codes). Students created passive solar design home models – the foundation of a sustainable, green house – that block the high, intense summer sun, allow light to enter during the winter, and manipulate indirect light into otherwise dark, windowless spaces. This elective combines creativity, math, computer skills, and history. In addition to building their own houses, students have been learning about the midcentury modern design movement and the influential Jewish architects to come out of that period. Our student architects are well on their way to being the next Marcel Breuer and Joseph Eichler!