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The Farm: Gaming Strategies For Empowering Marginalized Youth

Fleischmanns, NY United States

 

Project Description

Community Projects

2013 P/A AWARDS

Steven Mankouche And Matthew Schulte

Site A rural and agricultural landscape in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Fleischmanns, N.Y.

Program A complex of buildings to serve as a rural outreach center for at-risk urban youth, planned as part of a series of workshops that engaged the youth audience.

Solution Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte played to their audience, a group of New York City kids with no background in architecture, by developing a series of games to engage them in the design process for the community group Project Reach’s new rural retreat center. The Ann Arbor, Mich.–based architects created card games that they used to introduce architectural ideas to the children through workshops. The first game visualized specific locations for architectural interventions on the chosen site in the Catskill Mountains. The second featured cards inscribed with basic architectural units (such as platforms and walls of various lengths), to engage the children with the idea of creating structures within the rural context. And a third workshop gathered input for specific interventions into four existing structures that would transform them into usable space for the group. Mankouche and Schulte created plans, based off of this input, for revitalizing the four structures, which will be built out as a retreat center for the New York–based organization.

“It’s a way of engaging people who have no association with architecture whatsoever with the built environment,” juror Joan Soranno said. Steven Ehrlich called The Farm “one of the best things we’ve seen,” and juror John Frane saw the project as “a repurposing of architecture—using architecture as a device for rehabilitating and healing these kids. It’s about the whole process, not just the end result.”

 

Project Details

The Farm: Gaming Strategies For Empowering Marginalized Youth
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Project Team:
    Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte, Architect; Steven Mankouche, Matthew Schulte, Principals
Consultants:
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Charles Veneklase 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Melinda Rouse 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Jono Sturt 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Jonathan LeJune 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Claire Sheridan 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Abigail Murray 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Andrew Thompson 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Richard Turskey 
  • Design Team: Steven Mankouche and Matthew Schulte - Julie Simpson 
  • Director: Don Kao 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Cassey Alex 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Linda Baijnauth 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Erin Barber 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Toussaint Bonaparte 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Darius Burroughs 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Yiman Chen 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Man Ting Cheung 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Fay Chiang 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Brian Dawson 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Juliana Gutierrez 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Edward Lee 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Catherine McCormack 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Hassan Muhammad 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Blaine Pickens 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Lateef Wearrien 
  • Project Reach Staff & Youth Collaborators: Shardae Wright 
  • Special Thanks: Rick Sturtz 
  • Special Thanks: Jeffery Small 
  • Special Thanks: Abigail Murray 
  • Special Thanks: Imad Mouawad 
  • Special Thanks: Fred Beemer 
  • Special Thanks: Barbara Brown 
  • Special Thanks: Nicholas Chesla 
  • Special Thanks: Steelcase - Mark Stefurak 
  • Special Thanks: Steelcase - Miranda Horan 
  • Project Funding: University Of Michigan, Arts Of Citizenship 
  • Project Funding: University Of Michigan, Office Of the Vice-President For Research 
  • Project Funding: Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning 
 
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Project Size:
    6,200 sq ft
Construction Cost:
    $930,000
 
 
 

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