ERIC Number: EJ898907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Rooftop Garden Design Challenge
Roman, Harry T.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v70 n1 p16-18 Sep 2010
A small commercial building in a nearby industrial park has decided to install a rooftop garden for its employees to enjoy. The garden will be about 100 feet long and 75 feet wide. This article presents a design challenge for technology and engineering students wherein they will assist in the initial conceptual design of the rooftop garden. The best way to start any open-ended design like this is to consider the basic questions that are likely to arise in the mind of the company. It would be helpful to keep in mind that the students are to be involved in the early concept and planning stages, which generally means the customer, the company in this case, may not have a firm idea of what it wants. Perhaps the best way to approach this design challenge is to have different student teams develop different design themes. The author believes that any good design has plenty of illustrations, artist's renderings, top/side/perspective drawings, and assorted projections of what the physical reality of the design might look like.
Descriptors: Structural Elements (Construction), Gardening, Design, Competition, Task Analysis, Class Activities, Teamwork, Technology Education, Engineering Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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