Branching In: Creating an Environmental Education Hub Along the Willamette River
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As environmental issues become increasingly relevant to individuals, it falls to the education system to inform and encourage children to participate in discussions of how to take steps to both increase awareness of environmental issues and how to solve environmental problems. The creation of an environmental studies hub along the Willamette River in Portland, OR will open a dialogue of how to approach this issue and can possibly serve as a model solution. This study was done to set the initial energy and spatial conditions in the programming of this building. Through precedent studies and documented standards, initial spatial standards were developed and diagrammed and energy hierarchies were created. This information will inform the design of the educational hub and will provide a framework for its development.