Telling our Stories; Places That Create a Sense of Belonging

Speakers:

James E. LaPosta, Jr.
FAIA Design Principal
JCJ Architecture

Emily Czarnecki
NCIDQ Interior Designer
JCJ Architecture

Scott Celella
Principal/Chief Project Officer
JCJ Architecture

Jennifer Krein

AIA LU:

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Abstract:

Stories are one of the most powerful ways we learn. Every community has a set of stories that explains its origin, embodies it values, and defines its identity. The sharing of our stories creates a continuum of culture from one generation to the next and can be a powerful tool in the development of learning environments. A compelling example of this process can be seen in Native American communities as they seek to transmit their mythological, spiritual and historical understanding of themselves. In attempting to deal with the intertwined issues of language, cultural preservation, and community building, Tribal Nations are seeking to provide life changing and multi-generational educational opportunities. By tapping their rich tradition of storytelling they have created a variety of physical environments that connect deeply to their culture and offer broader lessons as we seek to create strong communities.   This session will discuss approaches from a variety of tribal nations and discuss key aspects that influence the successful implementation of culturally sensitive and mission driven learning environments.

  1. Review the characteristics of belonging to a community
  2. Explore the ways storytelling can inform the built environment
  3. Discuss the applicability of storytelling to public school design
  4. Develop a set of storytelling tools to engage communities in the design process
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the characteristics of belonging to a community;
  • Explore the ways storytelling can inform the built environment
  • Discuss the applicability of storytelling to public school design;
  • Develop a set of storytelling tools to engage communities in the design process
Primary Competency:

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

Primary Domain:

Learning: Content of this session/workshop will focus on how we learn and/or how the physical environment responds specifically to various methods of instruction, pedagogies, learning styles, or learning trends.

Secondary Domain:

Process: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the importance of quality processes and practices implemented by the project team when creating learning environments. The who, what, when and how of various disciplines and applications.

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