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Building Better Schools: 6 Ways to Help Our Children Learn

04:00 - 9 October, 2018
© Velux Group
© Velux Group

Did you know that 64 million European children spend more time at school than anywhere else other than their home? European children spend approximately 200 days each year at their primary schools. With this information, how do we go about designing healthier classrooms that create productive learning environments? This question is perhaps more important than ever, as this will be the first time since the 1970s that Europe and the UK will see a boom in the construction and renovation of schools. What a tremendous opportunity this is for both architects and educators to rethink what an educational facility should be and how the physical environment can be designed to have a positive impact on learning.

© Velux Group © Velux Group © Velux Group © Velux Group + 22

Designing for Children: How Adult Decisions Shape Young Minds

06:00 - 7 October, 2018
Designing for Children: How Adult Decisions Shape Young Minds, Courtesy MAD Architects. Image
Courtesy MAD Architects. Image

The tale began with a simple idea - a toy that every child, regardless of age and ability, can play, dream, and learn with. But things turned out less than simple. Fights, lawsuits, and even a death all mark the road it took to make a now-ubiquitous toy a reality. The object in question? Lego.  

It’s tales such as this one that Alexandra Lange explores in her new book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids. Some may scoff at the seemingly trivial subject matter. Surely children, with their boundless imaginations and appetite for play, can discover ways to find fun in anything.

Shaping the Future: What to Consider When Designing for Children

09:30 - 6 September, 2018
© Kyungsub Shin
© Kyungsub Shin

Le Corbusier stated in his seminal text, Towards a New Architecture, that “...man looks at the creation of architecture with his eyes, which are 5 feet 6 inches from the ground.” Logical and rational codes such as this form the standard for much of architectural production - but of course, these "norms" are as constructed as architecture itself. This particular standard is especially irrelevant when designing for children, for whom the adult-centric assumptions of architecture do not and should not apply.

© Katsuhisa Kida © Antoine Espinasseau © John Donat RIBA Library Photographs Collection © Dorte Mandrup + 24

Snarkitecture's BOUNCE Offers A Surreal Playground to Hong Kong's Waterfront

12:30 - 13 August, 2018
Snarkitecture's BOUNCE Offers A Surreal Playground to Hong Kong's Waterfront, BOUNCE. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture
BOUNCE. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture

New York-based collaborative and design studio Snarkitecture have unveiled their newest interactive installation, bringing a surreal sense of play to Hong Kong’s waterfront. Titled “BOUNCE,” the installation features hundreds of 300% sized bouncing balls contained in a cage-like stadium, inviting the public to “create their own unique playing experiences.”

The program is spread across three locations, with the feature installation along the Harbour City waterfront, an indoor installation at the Ocean Center titled “Gallery by the Harbour,” and a children’s “Eyeball Maze” at the Ocean Terminal.

Gallery by the Harbour. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture BOUNCE. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture BOUNCE. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture Eyeball Maze. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture + 26

Meditate In This Mobile Nature-Inspired Pinecone Gazebo

06:00 - 19 April, 2018

Designed by Czech designers Atelier SAD and distributed by mmcité1, this mobile, nature-inspired gazebo is a playground must-have for children and adults alike. 109 waterproof, plywood scales are treated with resistant glaze and connected by galvanized joints to create a self-supporting, sustainable structure.

Courtesy of mmcité1 Courtesy of mmcité1 Courtesy of mmcité1 Courtesy of mmcité1 + 45

Open Call: Build School Project 2018

16:00 - 21 March, 2018
Open Call: Build School Project 2018, The Union of architects of Russia invites you to participate in the 2nd Russian competition with international participation "Build School Project 2018" on nursery, kindergarten and school designs and constructions
The Union of architects of Russia invites you to participate in the 2nd Russian competition with international participation "Build School Project 2018" on nursery, kindergarten and school designs and constructions

The Union of architects of Russia invites you to participate in the 2nd Russian competition with international participation "Build School Project 2018" on nursery, kindergarten and school designs and constructions, which will be held in the framework of the 2nd international exhibition "Build School 2018" from 25 to 27 September 2018 in Moscow in "Expocentre".

Gender Neutral Playground Inspires Creativity and Intellectual Development by Combining Art and Architecture

14:00 - 20 January, 2018
Gender Neutral Playground Inspires Creativity and Intellectual Development by Combining Art and Architecture, Courtesy of Luckey Climbers
Courtesy of Luckey Climbers

Having trained at Yale School of Architecture, Spencer Luckey decided to pursue a slightly alternate career designing vertical climbing structures to let children’s imaginations run free. Luckey Climbers are part jungle gym, part work of art that rise up off the ground with undulating platforms sprouting out, creating an abstract space to inspire creativity and intellectual development.

Call for Entries: Build School Project 2017

16:00 - 29 July, 2017
Call for Entries: Build School Project 2017, international competition Build School Project 2017
international competition Build School Project 2017

The Union of architects of Russia invites you to participate in the Russian competition with international participation "Build School Project", which will be held in the framework of the First international exhibition "Build School 2017" from 26 to 29 September 2017 in Moscow in "Expocentre". The major task of the competition is to ensure the quick implementation of the best architectural projects of preschool and school buildings, profile schools, sports, music, art, corps for initial classes, extensions to schools. The competition will promote best practices in the specific Russian context, the improvement of social infrastructure for children and the implementation

New Digital-Physical Building Block System Aims to Make 3D Modeling Accessible to Children

09:30 - 25 June, 2017

Modeling on the computer and physically building scale models are essential modes of iteration for the modern architecture studio. But what if this creative process of digital and physical ideation could be made accessible to everyone: children, hobbyists, and architects alike?

That is the question I set out to answer by designing an entirely new snapping block system, from the ground up, for the aesthetic and experiential expectations of the 21st century. It’s called Kible, and after putting architecture aside and developing it since November 2015, I’ve recently launched the product on Kickstarter.

The Future Architect's Tool Kit

12:00 - 16 November, 2016
The Future Architect's Tool Kit

Children with dreams of designing buildings will discover how architects actually work in this workbook, which builds on the concepts introduced in The Future Architect’s Handbook. It walks readers through the drawings created by Aaron, a young architect building his own home. Going a step further, children will learn the steps necessary to create their own drawings and build a model of their design, using an included tool kit consisting of graph paper and an architect's scale, pencil, and drafting eraser.