Integrating Education and Community - A Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland
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This thesis argues that architecture can enhance the education process through both the plan strategy and the expression of details. This thesis investigates this idea through the development of a middle school, which emphasizes the involvement and exchange between the school, the community, and local business establishments. Mixed-use and urban environments offer distinct amenities not found in suburban areas. Planning that recognizes and incorporates the community amenities into the school, and vice versa, will produce better schools and enhance the community. The site for this project is the eastern segment of Patterson Park, in East Baltimore, Maryland. The site is at the junction of three distinct zones; the residential community, the commercial district, and the park. Developing this site affords the opportunity to create an urban space, which unites the three elements and establishes the school as a physical and symbolic transition between all three zones.