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L.E.S. Team School

My project analyzes the mechanics and philosophy behind the movements in the game ultimate frisbee, informing a school of spatial and emotional connections. In a game of continuous catch and throw, the disc flies between players through a flick of the wrist where, based on experience and knowledge, teammates react instantly to each other’s movements. In translating to form, carving the mass places central communal areas within the core where different grades mix and interact between classes. Implemented interactions across years strengthen the links between individual students, making a network of emotional strings that joins all grades—a summer intro to kindergarten, reading partners twice a week, teaching a class. The unseen bonds formed between students through a curriculum of connections allow the open space to act as a place for instinctive reaction and movement. Large and small voids open lines of sight that create split-second opportunities for friends to see each other from long distances as they leave classrooms and turn corners. In a school that fosters the individual while emphasizing the importance of kinship to the whole, the curriculum prioritizes creating strong emotional bonds between all students that can inform even the brief chance hellos between classes.