Design Attitudes

By: Jim Beal
21 August 2012


Gillette Alternative High School Interview

Interview Question:  How should the new alternative high school relate to the Gillette College campus?

CTA’s strategy:  4 preferred site studies were modeled from chip board, wood, and acrylic.  These materials reflected different design “attitudes” within the schemes.  The wood represented enclosed spaces, and the acrylic represented open, collaborative learning spaces.  Each site response brought forth different educational planning issues and were built on interchangeable bases that could be illuminated from the bottom.  As can be seen in this photo, the light also spilled over to light up Donkey Creek.  The model base, essentially a light table with a remote switch, will be re-used for future models.

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