The design represents an effort to extend open space through a bold urban gesture. The ground itself becomes a building material as a massive slab of the earth’s surface is peeled up to create space and shelter the elementary school underneath. Urbanistically the building makes a strong statement on the corner while still responding to its surroundings and helping to define the street. The classrooms are sunken below grade, protecting the children from the noise and activity on the street, while the roofscape becomes an elevated urban prairie accessible to the students, providing a landscape where they can play, socialize, and learn.
In early December 2009, I began work as a lead editor on a new initiative at the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University. Initially identified as "The CoA Projects Book 2010," this student run organization set out to create a publication that would showcase the best work from the college. On May 4th, 2010 we debuted CROP 01 with a Special Edition hardcover. The journal has 240 pages and contains over 140 student projects. Also included are photographic essays on Lubbock, the architecture building and studio culture; student pictures and profiles; and a pair of faculty essays about the school in the context of West Texas and the Southwest. It is the first publication of its kind to come out of the TTU CoA, and we hope the CROP series becomes an integral part of the college for years to come. Softcover copies of CROP 01 are still available to the public via the Blurb Marketplace here.
James Donovan | Samantha Peters | Jordan Berta | Jigga Patel
The project was to design a transportation education center (a trucker school) on Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas. Included in the design program is a bio-diesel truck stop, repair facilities, convenience store, and local food diner. The site and its relation to I-40 is unique, in that it must perform at multiple scales: Interstate 40 is a major artery of goods across the United States from Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina, with Amarillo almost midway between the two. Therefor, this multi-service truck stop must respond to the community of Amarillo along with the thousands of truckers and families traveling from hundreds or thousands of miles away via Interstate 40.