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YOUTH VISUAL ARTS CENTRE

CHAPTER 1: Introduction
1.1.....................................................................................................Ba
ckground of the Study
Nestled in the rolling hills of the northwest corner of Calgary, Rocky Ridge
Recreation Facility is a regional hub of physical activity and a multipurpose
gathering space for the community. Inspired by the hills and ribbon horizon of the
foothills region, the soft curving undulations of the building create an open and
integrated facility connecting the natural features of the site with the activity inside.
GAGAWING GENERAL STATEMENT,

No doubt the Philippines is a country rich with artists, but in a developing nation like
ours, the less mainstream arts are usually regarded as an elite activity. Books lose
out to TV, theater loses out to movies, and classical music is rarely preferred over
pop.
The wholehearted pursuit of the arts is also impossible without a day job (what
would you eat?), and support for the arts? Perhaps thats the most elusive of all.
Which is why its gratifying to learn about people who believe in the redemptive
qualities of painting, literature and music enough to nurture it financially.
What young people do in their free time is a very important part of growing up.
Adolescence is a formative transitional period from childhood to adulthood
(Hamburg and Takanishi, 1989). It is a time when young people form their identity
and undergo major adjustments to changes within themselves and in society as
altered expectations are placed on them. Great importance is attached to peer
groups and cliques, which are almost always held together by shared interests,
tastes, activities, and/or hobbies (Thurlow, 2002). Adolescence is a time of
exploring and making commitments in interpersonal relationships in the four
domains of friendship, dating, sex roles and recreation; this exploratory period is an
important time for the development of identity (Grotevant et al, 1982). How young
people spend their free time has a major impact on their development, socialisation
and future life. Leisure provides the opportunity for young people to gain control
over their attention processes, acquire critical adult skills and become integrated
into their communities (Larson and Verma, 1999). The World Health Organization
emphasises the importance of leisure-time activities (WHO, 2002): it sees
participation in varied forms of activity as giving young people opportunities for selfexpression, feelings of autonomy and achievement. These positive effects can also
help to counteract risks and harm caused by demanding, competitive, stressful and
sedentary lifestyles. Involvement in activities such as sport, arts, music and hobbies
can foster the adoption of other healthy behaviour, including the avoidance of
tobacco, alcohol, drugs and aggression.
1.2.....................................................................................................Sta
tement of the Problem
For the past decade, art education in school has decreased. This is a result of
schools focusing more on math and reading test scores, as well as not enough
funding from the government. As the economy is down, everything from jobs to how

schools operate are affected. Youth are becoming less exposed to the world of arts
and creativity. By not providing arts education for youth, we can lose a whole
generation of creativity.
Participation in recreation and regular physical activity has been linked to improved
selfconcept and self-esteem, reduced depressive symptoms, decreased stress and
anxiety, improved self-acceptance, changes in anti-social behaviour, and enhanced
psychological well-being. Exercise and physical activity also improve self-efficacy
and sense of competence. Early play experiences with parents, for example, teach
physical control, skill and social competence. A supportive coach or supervisor in a
recreational setting can also provide children with similar benefits vis-a-vis skill
development, competence and self-esteem (Ewing et al, 1996). Recreation can also
have a positive effect on boredom, mood, and character development. Boredom is
viewed as an important factor, particularly in adolescents lives, because of its links
to depression, hopelessness, loneliness, and distractibility. Boredom has also been
linked to alcohol use among college and high school students, to smoking among
high school students, to deviant behaviour at school, and to over-eating. Youth who
participate in appropriate recreational activities have a decrease in leisure boredom
and subsequently, a decrease in deviant behaviours (McKay et al, 1996; Reid, 1994;
Witt, 1996)

Positive recreational opportunities can make an important contribution to young


peoples development and can help to counteract the risks and harm associated
with sedentary lifestyles and risky behaviour. While there has been substantial
investment in facilities in recent years, this is not meeting the needs of all young
people, particularly those who do not participate in sport. This National Recreation
Policy seeks to address this and other issues emerging from the research and the
public consultation. It also looks at the contribution that young people themselves
can make to developing their own recreational opportunities and as active citizens
in their own right.

1.3. Significance of the Study


1.

Indeed, environments in which play and recreational opportunities are available to all
children provide the conditions for creativity; opportunities to exercise competence
through self-initiated play enhances motivation, physical activity and skills
development; immersion in cultural life enriches playful interactions; rest ensures that
children have the necessary energy and motivation to participate in play and creative
engagement.

2.

Play and recreation are essential to the health and well-being of children and promote
the development of creativity, imagination, self-confidence, self-efficacy, as well as
physical, social, cognitive and emotional strength and skills. They contribute to all
aspects of learning;1 they are a form of participation in everyday life and are of intrinsic
value to the child, purely in terms of the enjoyment and pleasure they afford. Research
evidence highlights that playing is also central to childrens spontaneous drive for
development, and that it performs a significant role in the development of the brain,
particularly in the early years. Play and recreation facilitate childrens capacities to
negotiate, regain emotional balance, resolve conflicts and make decisions. Through their
involvement in play and recreation, children learn by doing; they explore and
experience the world around them; experiment with new ideas, roles and experiences
and in so doing, learn to understand and construct their social position within the world.

3.

Both play and recreation can take place when children are on their own, together with
their peers or with supportive adults. Childrens development can be supported by
loving and caring adults as they relate to children through play. Participation with
children in play provides adults with unique insights and understanding into the childs

1
UNESCO, Education for the twenty-first century: issues and prospects (Paris,
1998).

perspectives. It builds respect between generations, contributes to effective


understanding and communication between children and adults and affords
opportunities to provide guidance and stimulus. Children benefit from recreational
activities involving adults, including voluntary participation in organized sports, games
and other recreational activities. However, the benefits are diminished, particularly in
the development of creativity, leadership and team spirit if control by adults is so
pervasive that it undermines the childs own efforts to organize and conduct his or her
play activities.

Located on the busy corner of Donald Street and River Avenue, the Mayfair
Recreation Centre marks the entryway to one of the densest urban residential
neighbourhoods in Winnipeg. Respecting the established paths of travel,
neighbourhood residents, area partners, and city commuters, the Centre offers a
safe, accessible and welcoming place. Working with the City of Winnipeg, the
construction of this new 3,500 sq ft facility incorporates both active and passive
programming and features an approx. 1,800 sq ft half-court gymnasium, as well as a
500 sq ft multi-purpose room. The building also incorporates a Servery Room to
function as a learning kitchen for area residents. The new building is situated in
approximately the same location as the original facility, so as to minimize impact on
existing mature trees and root systems. The building is also designed to incorporate
the requirements of the City of Winnipeg Accessibility Design Standards. Linking
outdoor action with indoor observation was integral to the design, ensuring the
Centre is an inclusive and barrier-free community place. This is a building with
multiple faces: welcoming to pedestrians and, like a lantern, glowing with light.

1.4. Goals And Objectives


GOAL: Designing a Hotel and Convention Centre that uses Advance
Technologies on Materials and systems yet not compromising the beauty of
the environment.
The goal was to not only deter negative activity but to spark positive opportunities in a fun,
safe place where young people could connect.
4.

The present general comment seeks to enhance the understanding of the importance of
article 31 for childrens well-being and development; to ensure respect for and
strengthen the application of the rights under article 31, as well as other rights in the
Convention, and to highlight the implications for the determination of:

OBJECTIVE:

To design a building that is ecology responsible through buildings and


innovation
To create a design that takes advantage of the beautiful scenery of
Legazpi and the beauty of its surroundings
To create a design that focuses on the specifications of our climate and
the Civic/Cultural Identity of the site.
For the purpose of the National Recreation Policy, recreation is defined
as comprising all positive activities in which a person may choose to
take part that will make his or her leisure time more interesting, more
enjoyable and personally satisfying. The policy aims to encompass
both organised activities for young people as well as more casual

activities that young people engage in during their free time. Seven
core objectives have been set for the policy, as follows: 1. Give young
people a voice in the design, implementation and monitoring of
recreation policies and facilities. 2. Promote organised activities for
young people and examine ways to motivate them to be involved. 3.
Ensure that the recreational needs of young people are met through
the development of youthfriendly and safe environments. 4. Maximise
the range of recreational opportunities available for young people who
are marginalised, disadvantaged or who have a disability. 5. Promote
relevant qualifications/standards in the provision of recreational
activities. 6. Develop a partnership approach in developing and funding
recreational opportunities across the statutory, community and
voluntary sectors. 7. Improve information on, evaluation and
monitoring of recreational provision for young people in Ireland.

1.5. Scope And Delimitations


SCOPE
The Center is located on 10 acres in South Austin just south of Oltorf off Cumberland Dr. The facility includes an
indoor basketball gym, stage, large meeting room, kitchen and lobby open to the public for pool and ping pong.
Outdoor park amenities include outdoor basketball court, two lit tennis courts, picnic area, playscape and lighted ball
fields.

The ranges of the study are the following:

Related studies, theories, principles for the project.


Design guidelines for the project.
Technologies on Materials and Systems

DELIMITATIONS
The study delimits itself from the following:

Structural analysis and load computation.


Detail of the building technology and technique.
Mechanical Engineering design of facility and other related system.
Electrical load computation and analysis.
Plumbing analysis.

1.6. Justification Of The Study


The study will be challenged to design a Hotel and Convention Centre that
will be shaped by some of the latest technologies on building materials and systems
yet infused with the Civic/Cultural Identity of Albay, Bicol
1.7. Definition of Terms, Abbreviation, and Concepts
The Youth Center is a social and recreational center intended primarily for use by children ages 11 to 18 years. In
some cases, children as young as six years old will use a Youth Center, but usually only if special programs are in
place to accommodate them. The Center supports opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional,
and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship, and recognition.

Recreation is defined as being all those socially acceptable activities that a person
chooses to do in order to make their leisure time more interesting, more enjoyable,
and more personally satisfying

REFERENCES:
http://www.cpra.ca/UserFiles/File/EN/sitePdfs/initiatives/EGTP/literature.pdf