The Kingsford Smith School Charrette was a two-week design intensive which sought to develop concepts for the schoolyard. A number of issues were to be addressed including urban heat island effect, overuse of concrete and lack of plantings, water runoff and stormwater management.
Analysis of the existing conditions included mapping trees on site, represented with ‘heat map’ style interpretation of the impact or lack of that existing trees had on the schoolyard.
Working in groups, we developed a proposal that sought to work with the existing structures on site and integrate improved landscape conditions, for both the children, and the environment. Storytelling and play were utilised to bring to life the history of Kingsford Smith and create a ‘cultural heart’ for the school.