This is a process documentation of my second year as a graduate design student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most posts outline research in support of my thesis and the GFRY studio. Occasionally, I will share insights from guest lecturers or whatever I find interesting in the world of design.

  1. Dear Sir / Madam ,

    My name is Elif YUKSEL and I am research assistant at Gebze Institute Of Technology and also master graduate student in Architecture at Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey.

    I have recently started my graduate studies and am working on developing my thesis and required research. My research subject is about “ Post-Disaster Education Buildings ” and I am also inquire whether this building/schools were designed and built in accordance with sustainability. As I looked over your web site , there were many education building established post Hurricane Katrina. I need architectural plans, information about construction system and materials used for the construction of this buildings. I would be grateful, if you assist me for this research. Any information and image is useful for my study.

    I would be very thankful, if you could have a look at my e-mail and write an answer to it.

    Thank you very much for your concern.

    Yours respectfully,

    Elif YUKSEL
    Architect / Research Assistant at GYTE

    • Thank you for your interest in my work. Most of my research centered around the social and psychological impact of natural disasters. The architecture project that I worked on this summer was the renovation of a community center in Talca, Chile (in Maule, one of the most severely damaged and neglected regions of their 2010 earthquake). We didn’t look into the architectural plans of educational institutions.

      What I can tell you is that after a disaster, children get consolidated into the schools that remain structurally sound, causing readjustments to familiar social circles. In Chile, school tends to run all day, with after school programs picking up until the late afternoon / early evening. Children placed in these situations undergo extra stress in not being able to see their friends. In more severely damaged countries (such as Haiti), there is literally nothing to do and any sort of play area helps in reestablishing routine.

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