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May 2017

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DISCUSSION Begin with an Internet search for images of highly polluted cities from around the world. There are many examples avail - able online, including images of cities in China, India, and the Middle East. You might also want to include photos from the United States during the Industrial Revolution before the country had adopted any environmental standards. Show a group of images to your students as the begin- ning of a discussion about pollution and how people around the world have taken steps to protect the environ- ment. Ask students to share what they know about pollu- tion and environmental standards. Consider connecting this portion of the lesson to your school's science curricu- lum or even collaborating with one of your colleagues. After some discussion, switch the focus by asking the following question: • We've discussed how scientists and everyday people can help the environment, but what about artists and designers? For example, how might an architect help fight against pollution and help the environment? Discuss several student responses with the class. When the time is right, show them Stefano Boeri's Nan- jing Green Towers. ASK • What is different about this building? • How do you think this building will improve the environment? • What buildings in our city or state would you like to transform into vertical forests? • What other ways might a large architectural project have a positive impact on the environment? • Do you think it is more environmentally responsible to construct new projects like Bosco Verticale and Green Towers or to preserve existing buildings? STUDIO EXPLORATIONS • Construct a model for a vertical forest using cardboard, mat board, string, and other materials. • Create three sketches for an environmentally friendly architectural project. Transform one of them into a two-dimensional design that includes recognizable architectural features. Written by Karl Cole, Art Historian and Curator of Images at Davis Publications and Robb Sandagata, Digital Curriculum Director and Editor at Davis Publications. Courtesy Stefano Boeri Architetti. 26 MAY 2017 SchoolArts L O O K I N G & L E A R N I N G

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