UNIT ONE: Experience Urban Design
Summer 2009

Architecture is an important part of the everyday life of children. Buildings, particularly schools and day-care centres, foster learning processes and personality development. The way to and from school is a little urban expedition in itself every time. The focus of a year-long subject entitled Building/Gebäude was an examination of the school building and the immediate school surroundings. The interdisciplinary subject combines topics from geography, mathematics, art, history and urban politics to an exciting project. Tailored to specific age-groups, the workshops strive to turn curiosity into active research and reflection into creativity. Imagination spurs courage and lets the pupils’ personalities mature. This kind of research opens up a way for children to actively perceive and to participate in the design of the built environment.

It is the aim of the Junior Campus to introduce children and youth to the culture of architecture and urban space and to foster an interest in design through cultural education and aesthetic development. Under the guidence of architects, artists and townplanners the children are led through project-oriented design processes aimed at developing spatial awareness as well as an understanding of building materials and presentation media. A strong focus of the Junior Campus is on the role of discussion and group decision-making in the realisation of a constructed idea.

In collaboration with
Pfefferwerk Stadtkultur gGmbH
Berlin Kids International School
funded by
Berlin Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung


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