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June 27, 2018
by Catherine Teegarden
PS 317Q: Fifth grade students in Mr. Fishman and Ms. Petta’s class worked with Design Educator Carolina Cisneros in this six-session program to redesign their school playground. Students presented their proposals to peers and members of a playground committee of parents, staff and community members currently pursuing this project. Courtesy of Center for Architecture.
PS 206K: Fifth grade students present the mixed-use building (café and apartments) they proposed for a nearby empty lot. In this six-session program led by Design Educator Kimberly Tate, students began by looking at the architecture in their neighborhood, then worked in teams to design a building they felt would best fill a neighborhood need.
PS 102M: First grade students created a large-scale model of their 103-year-old school building in East Harlem with Design Educator Dustin Atlas as the culminating project in this ten-session residency focused on neighborhood architecture and history.
PS 92Q: 147 students in seven fourth grade classes worked together to create this scale replica of New Amsterdam with Design Educators Jessica Castillo and Tim Hayduk. Using information from the 1664 Castello Plan, each student created a building and its lot, which were joined together to complete a realistic model of this historic settlement.
PS 33M: Second grade students proudly display the truss bridge they designed and built with Design Educator Mary Lib Schmidt. Students learned about four different types of bridges over the course of this eight-session program, then created their own bridge designs.
MS 890K: Sixth grade students learned about ancient classical architecture and its influence on the architecture of America’s government buildings with Design Educator Howard Stern, then created their own modern-day pavilions to democracy.

June 27 marks the first day of summer vacation for NYC’s public school students, and the culmination of a very successful school year for the Center for Architecture’s Learning By Design:NY K-12 in-school residency program. 28 schools had LBD:NY residencies during the 2017-18 school year, with over 2,600 students and 130 teachers from 112 classes in grades 1-12 participating. The program aims to integrate the study of architecture into the classroom curriculum; topics vary according to teachers’ goals and areas of study. This year’s programming included some long-standing partnerships with schools that have made LBD:NY  a treasured component of their grade’s curriculum, such as the second grade bridge study at PS 42M, PS 372K and PS 276M; the third grade Chinese Architecture program at PS 128K; first grade Neighborhood Architecture programs at PS 77M, PS 261K, and PS 102M; and the seventh grade Design Expo program with IS 220K, where students design a building for their neighborhood and present their designs to visiting architects at the Center for Architecture.

We were also pleased to welcome several new school partners to the program this year: MS 890K, where sixth graders learned about Ancient Greek & Roman architecture in their Social Studies class and then designed their own modern-day pavilions to democracy; PS 92Q, where seven fourth grade classes collaborated to build a model of New Amsterdam; PS 206K where six fifth grade classes developed designs for a new building to fill a nearby empty lot; Holy Angels Academy, where fourth graders learned about and designed their own green buildings; St. Ephrem’s School where second graders investigated their Brooklyn neighborhood, and designed their own neighborhood; and PS 84Q, where second to fourth grade students created booklet about NYC landmarks.


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