Discovering Myself

Life is a journey throughout which individuals are ceaselessly pursuing the answer to life’s ultimate question - who am I. This lifelong discovery significantly contributes to one’s self-development. Aristotle said, “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” In kindergartens, where the wisdom of young souls starts to develop, shouldn’t we encourage the children to discover themselves more?

By reading developmental psychology theories, I found that four essential activities contribute to children’s self-discovery. They are interpersonal activities, self-reflection, forming intimate relationships, experiencing failures and conflicts.

So, this kindergarten aims to provide enticing spaces that contribute to the occurrence of these four activities.

Rendering

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  1  Classroom

  2  Bedroom

  3  Restroom

  4  Storage

  5  Activity space

  6  Lobby

  7  Reception

  8  Staff’s restroom

  9  Clinic

10  Office

11  Kitchen

12  Cold storage

13  Courtyard
14  Urban farm
15  Bicycle track
16  Sandpit
17  Grandstand

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60 ft

Floor plan

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Interpersonal 
activity

Expressing 
emotions

Self-
reflection

Improving
creativity

Intimate 
relationship

Acquiring
knowledge

Facing failures and conflicts

Physical
exercise

Spatial
cognition

Discovering myself in activity space

Mountain

Adding caves

Hill

Adding storage

for books

Ladder

Stair

Two levels

Structure units

Cascade

Pool

"Waterfall"

"Mountain"

Book shelves 2

Drawers

Book shelves 1

Reading in

the forest

The design of activity space

Charge

controller

Controller

Pump

Water

feed

Battery

bank

Inverter

Solar energy

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Green features

Instructors: Rui Huang, Zhiyong Chu
Independent work

 © 2019 by Da Li

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