Integration through application
This project began, not with a question of what this thesis could do for me, but with one that would gratifyingly embody a more holistic purpose, "What can this thesis do for someone else?" Ultimately, the project was "made so as to achieve certain focused intentions." It was handled through a "hands-on" experience with the pedagogical aspirations of learning more about architecture and the role of architects within that process. The project was therefore grounded in research of historical, theoretical and pedagogical precedents and determined to be as inspirational as informational. The project selected for the design/build process was a shelter along a recreation trail that linked the campus of the Woodward Resource Center to the town of Woodward, Iowa. The design was a master plan of the entire trail system including the ancillary spaces and its connection to the town, and the constructed space was a shelter.