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Andrew Yevdoshenko

Andrew Yevdoshenko

Los Angeles, CA, US

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High School

Were there once was a school-now there is a  bridge proposing a new school spanning the remains of an antiquated system to allow for  continued understanding  and  universal  access.  Both ends of the school are supported and elevated by   one  to  twelve  ramps  compiling  with  ADA
standards, allowing access to  the  handicap  and space for some of the  existing buildings  to  remain.  These ramps house  classrooms and hallways which meet  at  a   plateau   that   belongs  too  much  of  the communal program - cafeteria, computer labs, library & teacher  lounge.   By bridging  this site it has preserved and  enabled  a  new  generation of learners.  The ramps eliminate  the  need  of  stairs  and  facilitate  the  special needs  of  the  handicap.  The  ramps became an integral part  of  the  design   and  they  work functionally on more than  one  level  and  they  also  severed  as a metaphoric reminder  of   the  bridge.  The  bridge  between  the  past
and present and the  bridge  between teacher and student and the  bridge  between the able bodied and the disabled.  It  is  this integration that helps to make this move a subtle one  rather  than  careless, obvious handicap ramps.  This discretion  helps  to  make  those  who  have  trouble  with mobility move in  easy  uncontrived  fashion with everyone else.   A design that respects, preserves and promotes the past present and the future.

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Pacoima, California

 
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