Eco-Conscious Living in LA: Architectural Design

Oakwood School Immersion
March 13-March 23, 2012

This course invites you to explore the Southern Californian tradition of home design and indoor/outdoor living, while considering how that past can inform eco-conscious design for the future. Students will visit local historical homes such as the Avila Adobe, the Lummis House, the Gamble House, the Schindler House, the Eames House, as well as innovative contemporary eco-friendly buildings. There will be visits with a broad spectrum of local organizations and individuals proposing exciting solutions for ecologically sound and sustainable living. We will meet with architects, a landscape architect, a developer, an urban planner, a contractor, and artist/activist groups concerned about eco-conscious living and architecture. Through these exchanges student will learn about theories and realities of eco-responsibility in architecture and design, as well as eco-friendly materials and building methods. The emphasis will be on thinking of buildings, particularly homes, within their physical context in terms of ecology and climate--in other words considering the dynamic relationship between a dwelling’s inside and outside spaces, as well as its utility and comfort. During the first part of the class, students will generate “idea books” and do research, collecting their creative ideas, useful information and critical responses to what we learn.

The class will culminate with students designing and presenting their own proposal for an eco-conscious dwelling via drawings and a model (using eco-friendly, recyclable or recycled materials of course!).

Grades 9-12
Teacher: Karen Dunbar
Asst. Teacher: Chris Payne
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Karen Dunbar,
Apr 22, 2012, 9:52 AM
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Karen Dunbar,
Apr 22, 2012, 9:52 AM