Student: Kathryn Peruniak
Instructor: Ipek Tureli
Studio: Arch 304
Year/Term: Winter 2016
Description: Since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, nearly 10 million Syrians have been displaced internally and internationally. One of the largest impacts of this crisis will be the lasting effect this displacement will have on the younger generation. More than half of the Syrian refugees are children, and approximately three million of them are not currently enrolled at an academic institution. The repercussions of this lack of education is closely knit with the potential for cultural loss within this demographic.
Focusing on the integration of culture and education, the main goal for the school in Reyhanli is to foster a safe space for learning as well as for celebrating Syrian heritage and culture. The school will be a place for Syrian students and the community to interact and keep traditions alive. Two key features in the Syrian culture, the mosque and the souk, provided inspiration for the school’s planning. These public architectures gave way to the concepts of spaces for gathering , places for interactions, and areas of guided procession. Architecturally, this stemmed the ideas for the central atrium, regulated (guided) circulation and open-air, covered environments. The needs of the potentially traumatized children who will attend this school had to be considered as well. The central atrium provides a safe and secure play area, and the generous interior glazing creates ongoing visual connections through the school.