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Design principles for ‘a third space’

Image of ShigarIn accord with the richness of the culture, the beauty of the mountainous Shigar valley, and the arduous exploits of the mountaineer Luigi Amedeo Abruzzi, after whom the school is named, I set out to help design, build and provide a garden in the surrounds of the Abruzzi school building. My idea was to help design a public space that is not informed by the image society has for it – but to shift gear and create a space that is neither home, nor work, nor school, but a ' Third Space'. A nuanced and useful aesthetic – that of a teaching garden with its complex interplay between the students and their use of the space. '

Amongst the many considerations in my mind, the foremost were

  • That at its core this garden must help build community and create a higher level of learning,

    synthesizing, and evalua

    ting problems.

  • That a public social space must not be designed by a single individual or organization, but come together through civic engagement.
  • Designed by this all woman team in an all male society, that to do justice to the grand natural topography of Shigar, and the built space of the 'Abruzzi' school, the garden must also be dramatically different and unique in its concept and its execution.
  • That whatever design ideas evolve and are accepted/approved by the stake holders, they must be a reflection of not only the ideas of the five interns but also the demands and wishes of the people who will be directly and indirectly effected by its use – its very presence in their midst.
  • That though landscape has a life of its own no matter how perfectly designed it is, the Abruzzi school garden will reflect the gentle graciousness and humility of the people of Shigar.

Become a favourite place, that will last a life time – a 'Heritage Site' for Shigar.

Tahereh Sheerazie
Pasadena Ca.