Western Kentucky University

Poster Title

The Beauty of Community

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Architectural Science

2nd Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

2nd Student Major

Architectural Science

Institution 22-23

Western Kentucky University

KY House District #

2

KY Senate District #

2

Department

Architectural Science

Abstract

AS488

Professor Shahnaz Aly

Architectural Science Department

Ogden College of Science and Engineering

Western Kentucky University

Savannah Whitt

Olivia Coffey

Sam Lynch

The Beauty of Community

The purpose of this research was to show that architecture can create a sense of community. Our projects are located in small towns and provide residents a place to gather and connect with one another. We introduced a rock-climbing gym to an outdoorsy community in Utah, created an animal sanctuary in a rural town in Kentucky, and provided a refuge for children in Belize. Our common goal was to fulfill the need for community in a small town.

In creating spaces where people could gather, we took into consideration the importance of sustainable features. Our buildings were designed to avoid negative impact on the environment and incorporated recycled materials, solar energy, and gray water systems. We had a common objective of making the surrounding environment better than it initially was, and it was successful.

Along with a sustainable approach, our designs are welcoming and inviting through the use of simplistic but contemporary forms and materials. We integrated natural lighting by using floor to ceiling windows as well as skylights. Along with natural lighting to create a modern design, a neutral palette of colors with an occasional splash of color formed an integral part of the design solution. We wanted our designs to conform with their surroundings and bring an essence of unity to their overall environment.

Overall, we were successful in creating a space for the community to gather. The designs will be incredibly beneficial to their environments in both sustainability and human connection, exemplifying what it is to feel connected.

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The Beauty of Community

AS488

Professor Shahnaz Aly

Architectural Science Department

Ogden College of Science and Engineering

Western Kentucky University

Savannah Whitt

Olivia Coffey

Sam Lynch

The Beauty of Community

The purpose of this research was to show that architecture can create a sense of community. Our projects are located in small towns and provide residents a place to gather and connect with one another. We introduced a rock-climbing gym to an outdoorsy community in Utah, created an animal sanctuary in a rural town in Kentucky, and provided a refuge for children in Belize. Our common goal was to fulfill the need for community in a small town.

In creating spaces where people could gather, we took into consideration the importance of sustainable features. Our buildings were designed to avoid negative impact on the environment and incorporated recycled materials, solar energy, and gray water systems. We had a common objective of making the surrounding environment better than it initially was, and it was successful.

Along with a sustainable approach, our designs are welcoming and inviting through the use of simplistic but contemporary forms and materials. We integrated natural lighting by using floor to ceiling windows as well as skylights. Along with natural lighting to create a modern design, a neutral palette of colors with an occasional splash of color formed an integral part of the design solution. We wanted our designs to conform with their surroundings and bring an essence of unity to their overall environment.

Overall, we were successful in creating a space for the community to gather. The designs will be incredibly beneficial to their environments in both sustainability and human connection, exemplifying what it is to feel connected.