LESSONS

CURRICULA FOR ARCHITECTURE STUDY FOR KIDS
These have been developed by various teachers and architects across the US. They get to be sort of repetitive, but there are gems in each one:

  1. A Barbie Architect Doll workshop designed by the AIA – and a page of info related to the background and workings of teaching with this toy.
  2. About Angkor Wat: Architecture of Cambodia is a great full program and lesson plan designed by the National Endowment for the Humanities
  3. Architecture: It’s Elementary! by the AIA of Michigan and the Michigan Architecture Foundation
  4. Workbook on How Architects Design Buildings by Lynn Craig, of the AIA Greenville, South Carolina
  5. NYCkidsARTS curriculum guide  Assorted lessons that link to architecture from the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Speaking of architecture…take a look at the Museum building itself (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright)!
  6. ViewFinders Too by the staff of the Dunn Foundation, where students are challenged to look at their communities critically and creatively develop their vision of the future. (Fee for curriculum)
  7. Learning By Design by the Boston Society of Architects, which is mostly a list
    of programs that they offer but there might be some new ideas for you
  8. ARCHITECT STUDIO 3D Allows you to design a house with Frank Lloyd Wright on-line at http://architectstudio3d.org/AS3d/design_studio3d.html
  9. Architecture in Schools  This is a well-thought-out program in British Columbia, Canada, a part of the Architectural Institue of British Columbia. If you are thinking about developing a program,and for some great ideas and insights, look here…

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WRITINGS ABOUT KIDS LEARNING THROUGH ARCHITECTURE

1. The archKIDecture Build IT! Exhibit Project by Julie Cowan in the Nexus Network Journal

This essay describes how an interactive exhibit supports learning a myriad of concepts written by …well, by me.

2. Global Movement in Architecture Design Education for Yourth, by Atsuko Sakai published in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture newletter, the ACSA NEWS in October 2006.

This is a comprehensive article describing the current state of architecture education for kids around the globe. It illustrates the need for more of this kind of education.

3. Kids/Block/Learning by Patircia Gaffney Ansel at the Yale-New Have Teachers Institute

This essay provides an excellent defense of why all kids should use building blocks. Blocks of any sort are excellent self activity that can teach kids any number of skills.

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OTHER WEB LINKS ABOUT ARCHITECTURE + KIDS

Lots of book recommendations:
http://www.carolhurst.com/subjects/buildings.html

PBS’s Building Big Series
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/

PBS’s Design Squad
http://pbskids.org/designsquad/…especially this episode on building cardboard furniture: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/challenges/s2-ep1.html

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CLASSES AND PROGRAMS ABOUT ARCHITECTURE + KIDS

New York
The Skyscraper Museum has exhibits and programs for families
http://www.skyscraper.org/WHAT’S_UP/family_programs.htm

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WORD LIST

Here is an architecture word list that will develop each week with new definitions.

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A COUPLE OF SAMPLE LESSONS

What ABOUT MATERIALS?

Materials are the substances, the “stuff”
that are selected by the architects and used by the builders to create the
structure.

Materials give the building structural soundness

Materials provide shelter from the elements

Materials should be pleasing to view

Materials must be within the budget for the building

BRICKS
STRAW
WOOD
STONE
STEEL and GLASS

What ABOUT BUILDING SHAPES?

What forms can buildings take?

Of course they can be rectangles and pyramids, triangles and cones…but there are other shapes you could be considering too.

Take a look at this idea, thought out by Buckminster Fuller – a GEODESIC dome.

PROJECT 1 – architectural STRUCTURES