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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

Architecture

Degree Type

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)

Year Degree Awarded

2012

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

Community School, Architecture, Design, Future Schools, Wilmington, Massachusetts

Abstract

Over the past twenty years there has been a major shift in the societal culture of America which has presented many challenges for children, families and the public school system. Being able to adapt to these challenges have not been easy. If future schools are going to keep pace with these changes, then they will have to provide its students with a variety of services which enhance their educational opportunities, while also developing and strengthening their physical, emotional, social and moral competency. One approach to this problem could be a more integrated community based schooling.

This thesis will examine this concept of how the public school system will operate when more accessible community features are integrated within the design. The generator for this prototype will be a new design of Wilmington High School which serves ninth through twelfth grade students. This program will support a variety of activities for multiple age groups, helping to build a center piece for community life. A community based approach will enable this age group to become leaders in the community and further strengthen their capabilities to function successfully outside of the educational environment.

First Advisor

Stephen D Schreiber

Second Advisor

Kathleen R. Lugosch

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