archKIDecture Newsletter for February 2012

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FEBRUARY 2012.
NEWS AND IDEAS ABOUT ARCHITECTURE FOR KIDS

A bit-o-news to face the Groundhog and consider the topic you know and love - architecture! archkKIDecture is thriving...with our goal to inspire you about architecture that is vivid, important and around you all the time.

let us know what you are up to and email us any time at info@archkidecture.org. we are always working on our website, so stay tuned.

VISIT US at www.archkidecture.org

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origami

What is archKIDecture?

archKIDecture is an independent architecture education project
that encourages children to explore and participate in the built environment.
Visit our website at http://www.archkidecture.org

 

What desk? What classroom? What the heck?

Most kids go to school and have to sit in desks in rows, in classrooms, in school buildings. Some kids might have a teacher who puts the desks in groupings or in a big circle, in a classroom, in a school building. These kids in Sweden, in a school known as VITTRA TELEFONPLAN, kids hang out in some really cool non-desk, non-room settings...not sure if it is still a school building.

Designed by a Danish design firm led by a woman named Rosan Bosch, this school makes you want to go there. At least it makes us want to go there. The ideas behind the Vittra schools are pretty unusual, not typical of most schools where we have gone. On RosanBosch's website, it says that in the Vittra schools,

"the students are taught in groups according to level based on the school’s pedagogical principles of ’the wateringhole’, ’the show-off’, ’the cave’, ’the campfire’ and ’the laboratory’ – didactic approaches that create different types of learning and teaching situations."

So, whether it is a kooky structure covered in chalkboard paint, so the chalkboard is 3-dimensional, the cubbies and couches and stepped rooms covered in bright colored fabrics and carpets, or the fact that every student has a laptop to work in any space around the school, it is all unusual, exciting and interesting. It will be great to meet some students and see how they feel about the school structures too. For sure, you won't be hearing these teachers telling their students to go sit in their seats and be quiet. That is a really good thing.

RosanBosch Vittra school

RosanBosch Vittra school 2

 

threshold for a door

archKIDecture
Word o' the Day :
THRESHOLD

A threshold is the actual plank of wood or stone that sits under a door, like a windowsill sits under a window.

A threshold is also generally the door or gate. It signifes the entrance or beginning.

We often hear about people "CROSSING THE THRESHOLD" when they get married. The groom picks up the bride- if possible - and carries her across the threshold, and then their marriage begins.

 

 

BuildIT. The travelling exhibit about architecture for kids.

Take tissue paper, rub the floorplan drawing onto the paper and create your own floorplan drawing. Kids get to then fill in the drawing with furniture and fun stuff - seeing what it is like to draw and make decisions like an architect. This is one of the interactive modules that are assembled to create the BuildIT exhibit. The modules can be placed in a grid or in other formations to fit any space. It is kid-sized and designed for kids aged 3-12.

Our exhibit about architecture for kids, the BuildIT exhibit is available for rental. It has traveled to libraries, special events and schools for a few days at a time or a few months at a time. We are flexible and interested in getting it out there so more kids become excited and interested in the built environment.

Contact us for more information at info@archkidecture.org

BuildIT architecture exhibit for kids module

The Floorplan Module

 

archKIDecture
Recommended
Reading

 

IPad Book:

Numberlys by Moonbot Studios.
The architectural spaces in this creative book on the alphabet is otherworldly. These folks are seriously talented.
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Print Book for Kids:

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Frank Ching.
The illustrations in this book are pretty great. It would be fun to look through and start a conversation with a child based on these drawings and ideas. Kids can trace from it, you can blow up some of the illustrations and color them in, or you can use the illustrations to find similar examples in your neighborhood.
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Teaching about Architecture Book:

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order by Frank Ching. Him again?
This book has some great illustrations. Generate tools for younger kids or older kids from the basic information in this book. It is a beauty.
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Let us know what you think!

Email us at info@archkidecture.org




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