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Eastlake Middle School

The campus plan creates an expansive meadow in order to frame long vistas of the surrounding hills and valleys. Simultaneously, all structures are organized along the edge of the mesa. In turn, each classroom cluster of buildings contains its own “meadow” as well as a long vista. Likewise, the administration building, library and multi-purpose building become the new “vistas on the mesa”.

The design theme blends the Spanish-style aesthetic of the emerging residential track development into meaningful public buildings that become the civic hub of the neighborhood.

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Cesar Chavez Continuing Education Center

Stylistically, a brief analysis for the new Center suggests three case study examples. First, The Spanish/Mission Style; second, The Contemporary Modern Industrial Aesthetic, and third, a “Latino Architectural Style”. Over the past 10 to 20 years the first two examples have run their course; and, no differently than pursing a PhD, where the candidate writes an original dissertation, so too must an original work of architecture be offered the District. Accordingly, the aesthetics for the Ed Center is a culturally based, eclectic assemblage of ordering principles, accurately responding to strong site determinants, infused with the DNA of the Latino experience, in order to inspire upward mobility via education, civic participation, and a respect for ethnic diversity well into the next millennium. The one acre site in Barrio Logan, located at the southwest corner of Chavez Parkway and Main Street, is just east of the Trolley Station and one block west of Chicano Park. Similarly, to the south are industrial-type buildings, while to the north there are good views of downtown.

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Cesar Chavez Elementary School

The design parti incorporates the oral story telling tradition with important “landmarks” of the indigenous people of the Americas into an assemblage which is rich in history and culture. The principle architectural feature of the campus is the two-story facade of the administration-library building, which simultaneously depicts the logo of the UFW and the portrait of Kukulkán — the most powerful deity of the Maya.

The next chapter in the oral storytelling tradition has been transmitted through the 200-foot long cosmic Indian embedded in the academic plaza. This relief is decorated with colorful images of the Mayan Astronomer, the colossal statues of Tula, the Aztec calendar and Anasazi solar spiral, and animals of the Americas, including the jaguar, llama, and parrot.