School Patios The Influence of Architecture on Childhood Development; The Concept of the Third Teacher / Vila Nove de Gaia
Research stage: Initial doctoral stage
We can highlight the use of technical drawings as a research method, quite useful for the present study, focused on the influence of architecture on childhood development
While comparing the "Wardorf - Montessori - Froebel - Emílio" methodologies and the traditional pedagogy in Portugal, we will use plans and schemes in vector format.
While analyzing other case-studies (schools by Herman Hertzberger, Arne Jacobsen and Aldo Van Eyck), images and digital models will be used, making the similarities and differences more noticeable by using images in equivalent graphic formats.
In the case of the selection by sampling of the 70 schools, GIS programs will be used, where information about the characteristics of the schools and the cartography of the city are grouped. At the end of the process, it was agreed that the information collected will be passed on to the Municipality's project office, which provided the original graphic data.
The analysis of the proposed 70 schools will be presented in the same digital format in order to enable a comprehensive acknowledgement. Regarding the surveys with parents, students and teachers, the scketchs and 3D models will enable the visualization of the formal intentions. In a further step of the investigation, interventions in schools will be proposed and cardboard models will be used, where they can manipulate any of the proposed elements. Otherwise, only in text, much of the perception of space is lost for general public.
With the use of DDR methodology, we foresee a closer dialogue between "space designers" and "teachers-parents-students" community.