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Drop-in Building Challenge: Designing Boston with LEGOⒸ Bricks

21:00 - 31 January, 2019
Drop-in Building Challenge: Designing Boston with LEGOⒸ Bricks

It is vacation week! Looking to get out of the house and build?

Join the BSA Foundation for a LEGO® Challenge using BSA Space’s extensive collection of LEGO® bricks. What should a new building in Boston look like? Young designers will use the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) In the Public Interest exhibition as inspiration to design a new building for Boston, then create it with LEGO® bricks.

This drop-in activity is appropriate for children aged five to 13 years old accompanied by a caregiver. A maximum ratio of one adult per three children will be required. Feel free to drop in

Kids Design Workshop: Nature Play

12:12 - 28 June, 2016
Kids Design Workshop: Nature Play, Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston.
Image: Courtesy of Design Museum Boston.

This workshop invites both children and parents to participate in building unique playscapes with natural materials on The Greenway. Led by local artist and craftsman, Mitch Ryerson, each session will focus on the importance of nature play, group building, teamwork, imagination, and learning to build with new materials. This event is part of a series of family and children’s workshops hosted by Design Museum Boston and the BSA Foundation, focusing on design and play throughout the summer.

Family Design Day: Playscapes

18:42 - 25 April, 2016
Family Design Day: Playscapes, Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost.
Image: The Pulse Park, Denmark, CEBRA. Photo by Mikkel Frost.

Playgrounds are spaces where children and adults can have fun together. They also play an important role in the development of social and problem-solving skills. Explore the way playground design can improve the quality of life for children and families through a tour of the exhibition Extraordinary Playscapes and then design and build the perfect playscape for your neighborhood.

This program is in partnership with Design Museum Boston.

Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks

18:08 - 1 April, 2016
Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks, Image: Mike Lawrie.
Image: Mike Lawrie.

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, discover the art and science of architecture and city planning. Find out what Boston might look like in 2030, and imagine new modes of transportation and vibrant places for “live, work, and play”! Explore how architects and urban planners apply notions of sustainability, transportation, housing, parks, and open space in their work, and share your thoughts on how to make the city more beautiful, resilient, and equitable. Lastly, bring your own fantastic ideas to life using LEGO® bricks, and present them to your design buddies.

KidsBuild!

18:06 - 1 April, 2016
KidsBuild!, ​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.
​Image: KidsBuild! 2015. Credit: Mike Lawrie.

KidsBuild! will be held at BSA Space on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10. Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building, and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors.

BSA Family Design Day: Dream Dwellings

19:30 - 5 February, 2016
BSA Family Design Day: Dream Dwellings

This month, Family Design Day will be taking inspiration from the exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie and following Moshe Safdie FAIA’s design principle (and book of the same name), For everyone a garden, participants will transform a basic shoe box into a dream apartment with unique green space that reflects the goals of Habitat ’67, the 1960s housing complex that launched the architect’s career.

Will The +POOL Be The Largest Crowdfunded Civic Project Ever?

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
Courtesy of Family / PlayLab, Inc.
Courtesy of Family / PlayLab, Inc.

Historically, large city-changing projects have depended on the personal interests of a powerful individual: someone able to swim across both political and financial waters. But recently, projects like the High Line have shown the power and potential of projects envisioned and led by local communities.

Back in 2011 we visted our friends at CASE in their West Village office and they introduced us to a small firm across the hall: Family. While the team was working hard on a model in the middle of their large table, partner Dong-Ping Wong showed us some of their recent projects. One of them immediately caught our attention. A floating pool for Manhattan. In the form of a cross, it would sit in the East River, filtering its waters into four pools. This amazing -- and seemingly crazy -- idea was tantalizing.

Four Architectural Innovations Make Time's Top 25 Inventions For 2013

00:00 - 20 November, 2013
Four Architectural Innovations Make Time's Top 25 Inventions For 2013, The Infinity Tower by GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of fastcodesign.com
The Infinity Tower by GDS Architects. Image Courtesy of fastcodesign.com

Last week Time Magazine released their list of the top 25 inventions of 2013. The list covers both fun and life-changing new ideas, covering everything from the Cronut to the Artificial Pancreas - but there are also four architectural innovations that made the prestigious list. Find out more about them after the break.

+ POOL Hits Goal, Becomes Largest Civic Project Ever Kickstarted

00:00 - 17 July, 2013
+ POOL Hits Goal, Becomes Largest Civic Project Ever Kickstarted, © Family, PlayLab
© Family, PlayLab

+ POOL, the project (initiated by a duo of young architects) to float a public swimming pool in New York's Hudson River, has reached its latest kickstarter goal - making it the largest civic project to ever be crowdfunded online. As Architizer's Karen Wong reports, it's a remarkable gamechanger for architects (a profession where success often comes well into one's golden years) as well as public space in general: "It's a resounding demonstration of the public’s belief in young architects to rethink public space and manifest the untapped capital of waterways to benefit the common good." Read the full article here.

+ Pool / Family and PlayLab in collaboration with Arup

14:00 - 29 June, 2011
© Family, PlayLab
© Family, PlayLab

A 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the continued development of + Pool is underway. From the creative minds at Family and PlayLab, + Pool is a collaboration to design a floating riverwater pool for everyone in the rivers of New York City. Beginning the next phase of the project, material testing and design, the online fundraising campaign hopefully will raise the initial $25,000 needed to begin physically testing the filtration membranes providing results to determine the best filtration membranes and methods to provide clean and safe riverwater for the public to swim in. A preliminary engineering feasibility report was initially conducted by Arup New York, which assessed the water quality, filtration, structural, mechanical and energy systems of + Pool.

Family and PlayLab launched a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign this month with the ultimate goal of generating enough support to prototype the filtration system by building a full-scale working mockup of the one section of + Pool. Research, design, testing and development will continue through the year in conjunction with permitting, approvals and building partnerships with community, municipal, commercial and environmental organizations.

Donation levels for the Kickstarter campaign range from $1 to $10,000 with the hope that everyone interested in cleaner public waterways can get involved. Donors can choose from a variety of incentives and gear up for a day at the pool. For more information about the project and the campaign or to donate click here. Or write to info@pluspool.org.

Follow the break for more details about this project and the history of floating pools in New York City, which date back to the early 19th century.

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