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MS Green Architecture students visit historic Warwick buildings

on December 21, 2015

The first of four field trips involving the 8th-grade green architecture students and the Warwick Historical Society (WHS) was taken on Dec. 18. The trips bringing middle school green architecture students to specified architectural destinations in Warwick, managed by the WHS, include visits to: Baird’s Tavern, the Shingle House and the UAME Church.

These field trips, under the supervision of green architecture instructors Paul Garofano and Ryan Creeden, and design and modeling instructor Patrick Ellis, gave green architecture students an opportunity to witness and apply the architectural design theories they’re learning in coursework to structures of historical and architectural significance in the Village of Warwick.

This partnership is one of the initiatives of the EPA grant recently received by Warwick Valley Central School District. As the grant narrative states, this partnership involves, “…students participating in field trips and projects designed to increase environmental stewardship.”

WVMS Green Architecture students visit historic buildings in the Village of Warwick, NY

“These field trips will offer our students the opportunity to inspire and exercise their early understanding of architectural design and green architecture,” said Mr. Garafano. “While in the field, students will be responsible for identifying and documenting architectural design components they’ve learned about in the course. They’ll see first-hand design features that are no longer in practice. Our students will also get to see what a renovation project on a building more than 250 years old looks like.” When back in the classroom, the students will organize their discoveries and collaborate on a project that illustrates their findings and possibilities for green architecture application.

The focus of the green architecture course at the middle school is the practice of architecture and sustainable development. Eighth graders explore residential building systems, residential construction and construction costs, site planning and architectural documentation. The culminating project for the course is to design a house using fundamental features of 3D architectural software, while incorporating the tenets of green architecture.

Visit the district’s public Facebook page to view a photo gallery from the field trip. (You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the gallery.)


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