Miami Architecture Studio Featured in Documentary Film
Miami University’s Department of Architecture and Interior Design’s Burton J. Westcott Design-Build Studio architecture studio under the direction of Professor John Reynolds recently contributed to The Garden of Children film documentary on 19th century German educational theorist Friedrich Froebel. The film trailer can be viewed online or below.
The film trailer explores the Froebel research conducted by Professor Reynolds, including design process and architectural design outcomes, and is situated within the film with internationally renowned voices in design thinking and creativity including MIT faculty George Stiny, (Author of Shape Grammars) Terry Knight, and Mitch Resnick of the MIT Media Lab. In addition to the interviews with Professor Reynolds and featured educational theorists, the studio’s design process and architectural projects are featured in between the researcher interviews.
Within The Garden of Children film, the specific seven-minute segment highlighting the contributions of Professor Reynolds and his students can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4bUNv8DJ34.
Following the production of the film, Reynolds published the chapter Tendering a Tactile Tectonic in T Squared: Theories and Tactics in Architecture and Design (Samantha Kurkowski, ed., Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press: 2022.) https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/T/bo123638915.html. Additionally, a new chapter entitled Off the Grid: Insight into Design’s Inner and Outer Landscapes is currently in press for release later this spring. The chapter is featured as part of The Bloomsbury International Handbook to Friedrich Froebel, edited by an accomplished international team including Tina Bruce, Yukiyo Nishida, Sacha Powell, Helge Wasmuth, and Jane Whinnett. Professor Reynolds thanks his CCA colleagues for their ongoing engagement and support of this work.