29 Jan / 1:50-3:50pm / Workshop / Models

Neutelings + Riedijk, study models

Due to the lecture at 4:00, the workshop will start promptly at 1:50pm.  Please arrive on time and with an abundance of materials:

  1. Sheet goods (a variety of materials and thicknesses)
  2. Wood dowels
  3. White glue
  4. Hot glue (pot or gun)
  5. Scale figures (representing adults and children of various ages)
  6. X-Acto, straightedge, cutting mat
  7. push pins, masking tape, binder clips
  8. markers and index cards
  9. pencils and technical pens

03 / Montessori / Classroom Aggregation (House)


Your learning materials lead to the beginning of an understanding of the Montessori teaching system and sensory learning. You have have organized these materials and all the elements that make up a prepared environment into learning zones (a classroom). You are now tasked with aggregating the learning zones into learning fields. The aggregated zones require you to understand the spaces and the relationships between learning zones (interstitial spaces). How many viable classroom configurations are possible? What makes some spatial figures viable, while others fail? You are to organize or aggregate your classrooms into solutions that provide critical inquiry into process utilizing drawing and physical modeling techniques.

It’s important to iterated each step in this process, with each iteration deeper development should be reached with these phases of exploration. The materials, and classrooms (or houses) as developed make many possibilities, these possibilities are your tools to make school variations.

How can you best test these configurations? How can you catalogue these explorations that allow you to learn from the iterative process? Through drawings & models.

Schedule of Deliverables

Mon, 01 Feb, 14:00  

  1. Notation Drawings (in a comparative layered format):
    For each classroom configuration, you are responsible for concise, thorough, detailed drawings at a conventional scale (suggest 1:20).

Wed, 03 Feb, 14:00

  1. Sketch Models: (fabricated objects that represent layers):
    Use the sketch models created in your workshop as a starting point for a larger, layered summary sketch model for your project after the project development over the weekend. You are encouraged to use copies of your notation drawings as a starting point for these models, which also includes a suggested scale of 1:20.

  2. Diagrammatic Explanation (record your progress in drawn layers):
    At the same time you are making your Sketch Models and developing your Notation Drawings, you are required to make an annotated diagrammatic sequence of the development of your Classrooms.

Relevant Terms:

material, prepared environment, curriculum, zone, territory, edge, landmark,interstitial space,polyvalent, apparatus, literal, phenomenal,  scale, sketch model, diagram.


Herman Hertzberger, Space and Learning, Chapter 1: The Classroom Dethroned (21-64); Chapter 2: Space and Learning (65-111) & Chapter 3: School as a Micro-City (112-200).

Field Trip >

February 1st, 2:00p.  Meet onsite.

Please print and sign the waiver located in Google Docs  and turn into your section professor by the end of Studio this Wednesday.

Montessori School of Lake Forest
13700 West Laurel Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045



  • Leave IIT by 1:oopm
  • 90/94 W
  • At split, 94 W
  • Exit: Rockland Rd IL-176
  • Turn left (east) onto Rockland Rd
  • Turn right (south) onto N Bradley Rd.
  • Turn left (east) onto W Laurel Dr.
  • Arrive destination (on the right), approx. 2:00pm:

The trip takes about an hour, traffic permitting.