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Environmental Charter School

Third Year Studio | Spring 2018 | Prof. Steve Lee and Lori Fitzgerald

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Can a school  promote environmental sustainability and a center for urban agriculture?

Location: Carrick Neighborhood, Pittsburgh, PA

Site Analysis

Community and Cultural context

Neighborhoood Context and zoning

Property Information

Sun Path and Shadow Diagrams


Implementation of indoor and outdoor vertical gardens not only serve as educational tools for students to learn about natural systems it also serves to improve indoor air quality and is linked to the rainwater harvest system.  Public programmatic spaces (administrative and cafeteria) are allocated on the entrance (first) floor with more private spaces (classrooms) are on the upper floors.

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Elevations and Sections

Facade made of majorly wood cladding, ferro cement panels and green wall as accent. 

Wall Sections

Final Model

Exterior rendering

Typical classroom interior finishing , expressing structure and different layers of building construction to allow students to discover and learn from.