The city of West Chicago has recently acquired a small island on a nearby lake. The island is roughly circular with a radius of approximately 1/4 mile. Our geometry class is being asked to design a recreation center for the children of West Chicago. Our class has a very unique opportunity. Because of an anonymous donor, money is no object.
The class will be divided into groups of approximately 4 students. The first task of each group is to decide which portion of the project your group will be responsible for designing. Below are your possible choices.
Following is what your team is responsible for turning in at the end of the project.
|Typed report detailing your chosen field and specifically how geometry plays a part. Be sure to include a bibliography.|
|Include any correspondence your team may have had with an expert in the field and any comments as to how this information was helpful. See Ask the Expert for details.|
|A design for your part of the Recreation Center project. This is directly related to your choice of topics. See each topic for more specific details.|
|Finally, your group will be asked to do a presentation to the class of your research and design ideas. You may do your presentation using multimedia.|
Although each team is responsible for their respective parts, it may be helpful to consult other teams when planning your design. For example, it may be beneficial to know where the architecture team intends to put the building and how big the building will be in order to design the landscaping plan. A time line for the project will be given in class.
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As the Architectural Team, it will be your responsibility to design the actual recreation center structure. Below are some links which should help your team explore various styles. Once you have some ideas for your research, consider asking an architect any questions you may have to help you design your project. Keep in mind the size of the island and any other details which may relate to your design.
Your report should explain the role of the architect. It should also explain why geometry is important to architects and how it is used in their work. Your design should include elevations of each side of the exterior and a basic floor plan.
Welcome to Esto Photographics
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Architecture
I Want To Be An Architect
The Louis Sullivan Page
All-Wright Site - All you ever wanted to know about Frank Lloyd Wright
All-Wright Site - Lists of Links to other FLW sites
Isfahan Home Page (A great place to see examples of Islamic architecture)
19th and 20th Century Architecture and Design
Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center
As the landscape architecture team, it will be your team's responsibility to design the landscaping. Below are some sights to give you an idea what a landscape architect does and some sights about gardening and plants in general. Keep in mind that this is a recreation center for kids of all ages. Your team may want to consider designing a playground or some other outdoor recreation along with landscape designs. There are a lot of landscape architects out there who can help answer any questions you may have.
In your report, include a description of the responsibilities of a landscape architect. As for your design, make sure you and the architects work together to decide where placement of structures should be on the island (in particular, the building). Include plant names on your design (pictures would be helpful, but not required).
In Harmony: Environmentally Friendly Landscaping
Garden - Makan (Islamic Garden)
Reference Guide for Gardening from Berkeley
PLANTS National Database
American Society of Landscape Architects
General Information about Landscape Architect
American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
Carole Boleman, Landscape Architect
Nakano-Dennis Landscape Architects
About Landscape Architecture
Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
Wallace, Floyd, Associates, Inc
More Information about Landscape Architecture from Purdue University
This topic is not for the faint of heart. Not only is your responsibility to discuss in your report how geometry is used in designing computer games and computer graphics, but your team will need to design at least one computer game which can be run on the computers at school. There is an ever increasing market for people with computer skills and geometry plays a large part. If you have an interest in pursuing this topic, utilize the experts. We have some experts you can e-mail questions.
If you choose this topic, make sure the architecture team leaves space for your games in their plans. In your report, explain how computer programs and computer graphic artists use geometry. Also detail your game(s) and the software used.
More Programming Resources
Still More Programming Resources
Web Resources for Computer Games
Since the recreation center will be built on an island, a bridge must be designed and constructed to move people from the "mainland" to the island. The distance from the mainland to the island is 100 yards. Below are sites which illustrate a variety of bridge designs. Your team will be responsible for the design of the bridge (not its construction). What materials you use and the design are left to you to choose. If you have questions about bridge design after some preliminary research, I have some contacts for your team.
A design which details 3-4 views will be required. The views should include a drawing as you approach the bridge, a view of the top, and a view of either side if both sides are the same or both sides if they are different. Also required is a report on bridges in general and how geometry plays an important part in bridge design.
Isfahan Home Page
Esto Photographics (pictures of various bridges)
Bridge Division of the City of St. Paul, Minnesota
More Covered Bridges
Stait Crossing Inc. - Confederation Bridge
Northumerland Stait Crossing Project
Golden Gate Bridge
Bridges of Portland, Oregon
Other Bridge Sites
Bryant Associates, Inc. (Bridge builders)
Collins Engineering (Bridge builders)
The generous patron who is funding this project is a lover of fine art. So it is a requirement that art be designed and commissioned specifically for this project. Your report should discuss the connections between geometry and art in general. Then your team is to use geometry to design three art pieces for display at the center. One art piece is to be a mural. Talk with the architects where this would go and how big it should be. The second piece should be a tapestry, using fabric and cloth. The third piece is to be an outdoor sculpture. Remember, your team is to design these, including deciding what materials and colors will be used, but you do not need to construct them.
Besides the designs of the three art pieces, write a report which discusses art and its connection to geometry. You may want to communicate with some artists.
Mathematics in the Glass Industry
The Museum of Outdoor Arts
3D Models of Escher's Work
M. Wade H. Stevens - Artist
Stone Carver - Sculptor
Any topic other than those listed must receive approval from the teacher. Remember, it must involve geometry.
I have gathered names of various "experts" who have agreed to communicate with your group regarding your topic. Once your message is prepared, provide me with a copy and I will e-mail your message to an expert. Once I receive a reply, I will make a printed copy of it and give it to your team. Please keep in mind that these people are very busy so it may take a few days to receive a reply.
If you know of someone personally who may be able to answer questions for your group, don't hesitate to contact that person for help.
Remember to keep a record of any correspondence, whether e-mail, snail mail, phone conversations or personal conversations, since this should be part of your finished product.
There are few restrictions on your team's design. Be creative!! Choose roles for each person so as to split up the work. Keep in mind that some work will need to be completed outside of class time. This project counts for a test grade. See me with any questions.
Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!!!!
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Created: July, 1997