Power in Architecture, Grade 5, 2015
Students analyze and compare architectural works from Frank Gehry with ancient government buildings to identify how power was and is expressed in architecture. They relate this to the United States socio political context and buildings like the White House, in order to design a new governmental building. This project is based on democratic principles such as inclusion. In the 5th. Grade, students in New York City public elementary schools study “how geography determines culture and how do issues of power, wealth and morality influence exploration and colonization”. The importance of this lesson resides in the fact that students will experience the role of a contemporary architect, while they apply abstract concepts in design and learn the technique of cardboard sculpture as well as technical drawing with perspective.