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M.Arch Yr1. GAUD, Pratt Institute | Critics : Craig Konyk
Elementary School
Site : Peck Slip, Manhattan, New York, USA

BLOCKs are like cells They can be small, as a child’s toy, or blocks can be rectangular as a building situated within the Manhattan grid. When blocks stack together, they can fit tightly within a rectangular boundary, like the buildings found adjacent within the site. This manipulation and adjustment of blocks by the children is a continuous transformation of the building blocks, similar to the division and growth of cells.

Acknowledging the character of children, we acknowledge the cycle of play

- to build, then
- to demolish, then
- to re-construct anew

Children like dynamic processes, they like things to be playful rather than strictly rational or logical manipulations. In BLOCK the architecture itself allows the children to play with the buildings, creating angles and gaps in space among and between the blocks, like the growth and replication of cells.

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