ASFM Eco-Patios The story of spaces formerly known as the spaces in between

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein
Provocation: How might we capture the essence of the Huasteca Mountains into an irresistible canvas for learning?
Discovery: Understanding our current reality and exploring an unknown potential future state.
Q: What is the first word that comes to mind when you enter this space?

Answer: Wasted, Cold, Useless

"Education must shift from instruction to discovery - to probing and exploration... - Marshall McLuhan, educator and communications theorist
Discovery as empathy building: How might we gain insight into the desired community experience?

What do we want learning to feel, look, and sound like?

Interpretation: What Drivers and Constraints emerge to inform to pivot to a unknown destination?
How might we bring our drivers to life as spatial concepts?

ASFM Universal Design Principles: Agility, Choice, Ambience, Student Ownership

Eco-Patio Drivers: Community, Eco-system, Dynamic, Compelling, Stimulating

“Work it, make it, do it, makes us : harder, better, faster, stronger ” - Daft Punk "Harder , Better, Faster"
Ideation & Prototyping Phase: Eco-Patios Layouts and Zoning
Eco-Patio Mood Boards
How might we develop themes to anchor the space?

How might we use color to add a unique ambience to the space?

"We claim to be committed to the safety and health of children - then we put them in a context where the chemical load is really heavy. It may invisible, but we know it is there. - Bruce Mau Design

Build phase: Bringing ideas to life.

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled" - Plutarch, Greek historian and philosopher

Eco-Patio Artist Theme

The Reveal:

Eco-Patio: Literature Theme


Thanks to the success of the Edge of Excellence annual giving campaign and the generosity of Fundacion Deacearo, we have been able to transform the spaces in-between into these vibrant Eco-Patios, which were launched August 2018
Architect: Ecotono Urbano

Design Team:

Cory Austen, Brian Hamm

Project Management Team:

Jorge Mendez, Richard Colter Jr., Claudia Hernandez

Special thanks to the Open Minds, Caring Hearts, and Globally Minded Leadership at ASFM which brought this to life.

Dr. Michael Adams, John Hickey, Eva Lamadrid, and David Scott

Created By
Brian Hamm

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