Available for reading is our charrette report from the evening's event. In addition, the appendix shows the note cards from the participants and the drawings created by each team.
A great many thanks to...
The school administration and faculty who assisted us in organizing the event.
Our funding partner Nike Inc, and the Fund for Public Schools for their continued support.
Our design team partners Andrew Franz Architects, LLC and Turner & Townsend Ferzan Robbins for their outstanding participation.
And especially those in attendance, the students, parents, community members, faculty, staff, and partner members for their participation during the charrette.
On a wet and windy evening of June 10th, in collaboration with the Principal and staff of PS 329-Surfside, Architecture for Humanity hosted a community design charrette on campus to generate ideas in order to create a pinnacle expression of sport. Over 50 people associated with the school; an equal number of current students, parents, faculty, and neighborhood community members filled the dining hall for an evening of community building. We were also joined by representatives of our primary funder Nike Inc., The Fund for Public Schools, Andrew Franz Architects (pro bono architect), and Turner & Townsend Ferzan Robbins (pro bono cost estimator).
The participants were divided into teams, each one having at least one member of each constituency. We began the evening with an ice-breaker where each participant was given the opportunity to answer two questions: what they loved about the school, and what they loved about living in Coney Island. A representative of each team (usually a 4th or 5th grade student) presented a few of the answers in front of the entire group. Each team was given an existing condition drawing of the gymnasium in order to generate and express their ideas (in words and/or pictures). The ideas generated ran the spectrum of the simple (athletic uniforms) to the complex (a swimming pool on the roof), and all points in between. Once completed, the pages were posted a wall and reviewed with the entire group.
While the overcast skies and wet weather darkened and dampened the streets, the spirit of the participants could not have been more bright and energetic that evening. We look forward to continuing our work with the community of PS329 – Surfside, and collaborating with them to create a pinnacle expression of sport.
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