Project: Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village
Designed by assemblageSTUDIO
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Scope: Education Facility 30,000 sf., Village (30 buildings)at 225 sf.
Designing children-friendly architecture is not an easy task but architects at assemblageSTUDIO had something even harder set for them, for the Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village they had to incorporate simulations of unsafe situations making them integral part of education.
Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village, designed by assemblageSTUDIO, is a place where children learn real life strategies for dealing with emergencies while developing a positive attitude towards safety. The Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village will combine traditional classroom education methods with unique interactive experiences in a realistic child-sized townscape. The overall design of the facility will also educate people on how to live in this desert region. With multiple sustainable systems people will learn how to live sustainably in the desert. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Educational Facility. Interactive areas include a living room and kitchen illustrating various fire safety hazards such as lighters, matches, candles, frayed electrical cords and an overloaded electrical outlet. A child sized bedroom is equipped with a nontoxic “smoke machine” that demonstrates how smoke fills a room during a fire. Children can practice escaping safely from the bedroom through either a primary or backup escape route. Children will be exposed to the benefits and safety concerns of internet use. Children participate in activities designed to build self-confidence and strengthen their ability to make safe decisions.
Safety Village. Students then have the opportunity to practice a variety of their newly learned safety skills in a safe environment, complete with 5/8th scale replicas of local building donated through community organizations and companies. Pool safety, pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle safety are taught in this outdoor environment while operating motorized vehicles and riding bicycles on realistic streets with pavement markings, traffic signals and street signs. Our mission is to eliminate preventable accidents and injuries, providing safety education for the children of our future and the adults of our present.
Northern STAR Safety Village Goals:
Provide a dynamic learning environment in North Las Vegas where every child is properly educated on safety practices.
Devote itself to children of all ages with a particular focus on students in kindergarten through third grade.
Teach children about the many aspects of safety through entertaining presentations, interactive games, projects, and professional instruction.
Be the most comprehensive safety training environment in the region.
Northern STAR Safety Village Features:
To be built on a ten-acre site.
Will include the following facilities:
An administration building.
An education facility.
A miniature town containing sidewalks, roads, traffic signals, and up to 30 scaled-down buildings representing community structures.
Safety issues addressed include bicycle safety, emergency services, fire safety and prevention, injury prevention for seniors, internet safety, motor vehicle safety, pedestrian safety, rules of the road, and water safety.
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