2015 GSAPP Critic: David Benjamin
Inspired by anti-fragile ecosystems in nature such as forest, the project imagines the school as an hyper-natural and adaptive ecosystem that can create diverse and flexible spaces and transform over time to accommodate different educational methods as well as public activities in multiple scales. Three elements are used: the columns, the glass box and the inflatables. The columns are rigid yet porous; the glass boxes are solid yet transparent; the inflatables are soft yet impermeable. The combination of there three elements create an environment that blurs the boundary between inside and outside, public and private, nature and constructed, and this unusual experience encourages students’ curiosity, creativity and collaboration.