Warwick, NY (WHS) – The first of four field trips involving the 8th grade Green Architecture students and the Warwick Historical Society (WHS) was taken on Dec. 18. The trips bringing MS Green Architecture students to specified architectural destinations managed by the WHS include visits to: Baird’s Tavern, the Shingle House and the UAME Church.
These field trips, under the supervision of Green Architecture instructors Paul Garofano and Ryan Creeden, and Design and Modeling instructor Patrick Ellis, gave Green Architecture students an opportunity to witness and apply the architectural design theories they’re learning in coursework to structures of historical and architectural significance in the Village of Warwick. This partnership was born from the initiatives of the EPA grant recently received by WVCSD. As per the grant, this partnership involves, “…students participating in field trips and projects designed to increase environmental stewardship.”
According to Mr. Garofano, “These field trips will offer our students the opportunity to inspire and exercise their early understanding of architectural design and green architecture. While in the field, students will be responsible for identifying and documenting architectural design components they’ve learned about in the course, as well see first hand design features that are no longer in practice. Our students will also get to see what a renovation project on a building more than 250 years old looks like.” When back on campus, the students will organize their discoveries and collaborate on a project that illustrates their findings and possibilities for green architecture application.
The focus of the Green Architecture course at the middle school is the practice of architecture and sustainable development. Eighth graders explore residential building systems, residential construction and construction costs, site planning and architectural documentation. The culminating project for the course is to design a house using fundamental features of a 3D architectural software, while incorporating the tenets of Green Architecture.
Founded in 1906, the Warwick Historical Society’s mission has been to preserve and celebrate the vibrant history of the Town of Warwick and its people, and engage our communities through a variety of programs aimed at developing an understanding and appreciation of our unique historic heritage.
For more information, or to become a member of the Warwick Historical Society, please call 845.986.3236, ext 106 or visit www.warwickhistoricalsociety.org.