Form, space and spiritual enrichment: a Chinese Community Center in Des Moines

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2005-01-01
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Chen, Zhongkai
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Architecture

The Department offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree. The program provides opportunities for general education as well as preparation for professional practice and/or graduate study.

The Department of Architecture offers two graduate degrees in architecture: a three-year accredited professional degree (MArch) and a two-semester to three-semester research degree (MS in Arch). Double-degree programs are currently offered with the Department of Community and Regional Planning (MArch/MCRP) and the College of Business (MArch/MBA).

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The Department of Architecture was established in 1914 as the Department of Structural Design in the College of Engineering. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Architectural Engineering in 1918. In 1945, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering. In 1967, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and formed part of the Design Center. In 1978, the department became part of the College of Design.

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1914–present

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  • Department of Structural Design (1914–1918)
  • Department of Architectural Engineering (1918–1945)
  • Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering (1945–1967)

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The purpose of this project is to express how architectural space can enrich people's lives and lift their spirits. More and more Chinese students study in the United States. In some cases, they feel lonely and isolated in such an unfamiliar situation. Psychological problems often develop when people are working under extreme pressure and experiencing spiritual loneliness. These problems are more serious in small towns in the Midwestern region of the United States. To accommodate the social and psychological needs of the Chinese community in Iowa, a Chinese Community Center was designed in Des Moines. The author study the psychological problems of Chinese students and scholars in the United States and then design traditional Chinese spaces to provide comfort and to help them enrich their spirits. The design is based on traditional Chinese architectural concepts and modern form. The center creates harmony between architecture and the environment; it will also be an interesting building to compare to and incorporate with the Des Moines Art Center.

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